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Poverty And Calorie Deprivation Across Socio-Economic Groups In Rural India: A Disaggregated Analysis


  • Gupta, Abha

    () (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

  • Mishra, Deepak K.

    () (Jawaharlal Nehru University)


This paper examines the linkages between calorie deprivation and poverty in rural India at a disaggregated level. It aims to explore the trends and pattern in levels of nutrient intake across social and economic groups. A spatial analysis at the state and NSS-region level unravels the spatial distribution of calorie deprivation in rural India. The gap between incidence of poverty and calorie deprivation has also been investigated. The paper also estimates the factors influencing calorie deprivation in rural India. The study point out that nutritional deprivation is high among marginalized social groups and regions. It is the poor, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, illiterate people, agricultural labourers and Muslims who are more likely to be calorie deprived.

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  • Gupta, Abha & Mishra, Deepak K., 2013. "Poverty And Calorie Deprivation Across Socio-Economic Groups In Rural India: A Disaggregated Analysis," Journal of Regional Development and Planning, Rajarshi Majumder, vol. 2(1), pages 15-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jrdpin:0012

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    1. Brinda Viswanathan, 2001. "Structural breaks in consumption patterns: India 1952-1991," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(9), pages 1187-1200.
    2. Nasurudeen, P. & Kuruvila, Anil & Sendhil, R. & Chandresekar, V., 2006. "The Dynamics and Inequality of Nutrient Consumption in India," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 0(Number 3), pages 1-12.
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    Poverty; Calorie Deprivation; Nutrition Security; India;

    JEL classification:

    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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