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Working Paper 180 - Marital Status, Household Size and Poverty in Nigeria: Evidence from the 2009-2010 Survey Data


Poverty is a complex, multidimensional, and universal socio-economic problem. The poor can be categorized, especially in the Nigerian context, as: (i) those households or individuals below the poverty level and whose income are insufficient to provide for basic needs and services; (ii) households or individuals lacking political contacts and other forms of support; (iii) people in isolated rural areas lacking essential infrastructure; (iv) female - headed households whose nutritional needs are not being adequately met; (v) persons who have lost their jobs and the unemployed; and (vi) ethnic minorities who are marginalized, deprived and persecuted economically, socially, culturally and politically (Anyanwu, 1997).

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