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Why Have Some Indian States Done Better Than Others at Reducing Rural Poverty?

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  • Datt, Gaurav
  • Ravallion, Martin

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Rural poverty rankings of Indian states in 1990 were very different from those of 1960. This unevenness in progress allows us to study the causes of poverty in a developing rural economy. The authors model the evolution of various poverty measures using pooled state-level data for the period 1957-91. Differences in trend rates of poverty reduction are attributed to differing growth rates of farm yield per acre and differing initial conditions; states starting with better infrastructure and human resources saw significantly higher long-term rates of poverty reduction. Deviations from trend are attributed to inflation, which hurt the poor in the short term, and shocks to farm and nonfarm output. Copyright 1998 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 65 (1998)
Issue (Month): 257 (February)
Pages: 17-38

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:65:y:1998:i:257:p:17-38

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