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Caste at Birth? Redefining Disparity in India

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  • Deshpande, Ashwini

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Using household information in the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) 1992/93 data, this paper examines regional variations in intercaste disparity in India. Based on five variables that are indicators of the standard of living of the three major caste/tribe groups identifiable in the data, a "caste deprivation index" is constructed that can be reversed to read as a "caste development index." Mapping the regional variation in this index, the paper makes a plea for focusing on caste as an essential ingredient in the study of stratification patterns in India's population. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Deshpande, Ashwini, 2001. "Caste at Birth? Redefining Disparity in India," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 5(1), pages 130-144, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:5:y:2001:i:1:p:130-44
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