Abstract: Poverty problem in Nigeria is multidimensional and it is further aggravated by some shocks that households get exposed to. In this study attempt were made to determine the socio-economic factors that influence experience of shocks by households and decomposed the multidimensional poverty across the welfare shocks and coping methods. The study used 2006 Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaire (CWIQ) data of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) were used. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and Fuzzy Set. The results revealed that main shock experienced by the rural household heads is high prices of agricultural inputs. Those that are multidimensional poorer experiences shock of lack of adequate land. Most of the rural household heads usually cope with poverty by working on farms that belong to other households. The household heads that cope with poverty by begging on the street were multidimensional poorer than those that adopted other coping methods.
T.O. Oyekale and S.A. Yusuf, 2010. Multidimensional Poverty of Shock-Exposed Households and Coping Mechanisms in Rural Nigeria. The Social Sciences, 5: 254-263.