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Household Consumer Expenditure Inequalities in India: A Decomposition Analysis


  • Mishra, Padmaja
  • Parikh, Ashok


The objectives of this study are to decompose household consumer expenditure inequalities in India by regions (states) and sectors (urban-rural) for the years 1977-78 and 1983 based.on the National Sample Survey data. A class of generalized entropy measures is used. The authors' results consistently indicate that the inequality within states contributes much more toward national inequality and within-sector inequality explains a large part of state-level inequality. The inequality at state levels has shown a decline from 1977-78 to 1983 due to a better monsoon season in 1983 and antipoverty programs. Copyright 1992 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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  • Mishra, Padmaja & Parikh, Ashok, 1992. "Household Consumer Expenditure Inequalities in India: A Decomposition Analysis," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 38(2), pages 225-236, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:38:y:1992:i:2:p:225-36

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