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Chronic poverty in India: Policy responses


  • Amita Shah


  • Tim Braunholtz Speight
  • Anand Kumar
  • Shashanka Bhide
  • Asha Mehta


Despite the huge efforts at eliminating poverty made in India since independence, it is estimated that up to 130 million Indians live in chronic poverty – defined as poverty that endures for at least five years, and often passes from generation to generation within a family. This briefing paper summarises the characteristics of and explanations for this phenomenon, discusses the context for policy today, and proposes a series of recommendations for policy changes that would move India towards eradicating poverty.

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  • Amita Shah & Tim Braunholtz Speight & Anand Kumar & Shashanka Bhide & Asha Mehta, 2010. "Chronic poverty in India: Policy responses," Working Papers id:2712, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2712
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    eliminating poverty; India; independence; chronic; family; phenomenon; policy; eradicating poverty;

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