Determinants of poverty in Kenya: A household level analysis

Alemayehu Geda, Niek de Jong, Germano Mwabu, Mwangi S. Kimenyi

Research output: Working paperAcademic


Strategies aimed at poverty reduction need to identify factors that are strongly
associated with poverty and amenable to modification by policy. This paper uses
household level data collected in 1994 to examine probable determinants of poverty
status, employing both binomial and polychotomous logit models. The study shows that
poverty status is strongly associated with the level of education, household size and engagement in agricultural activity. In general, those factors that are closely associated
with overall poverty according to the binomial model are also important in the orderedlogit model, but they appear to be even more important in tackling extreme poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series

Bibliographical note

JEL Classification: I320


  • ISS Working Paper-General Series


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