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A Behaviour-based Approach to the Estimation of Poverty in India

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  • Rohini Somanathan
  • Ingvild Almas
  • Anders Kjelsrud

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Almost a sixth of the world’s population and a large fraction of its poorest people live in India. Until recently, national poverty estimates were widely criticized because they relied on aggregate price indices. This paper, suggest an alternative method to estimate poverty that circumvents direct micro price measurement and aggregation of such micro price measures.

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  • Rohini Somanathan & Ingvild Almas & Anders Kjelsrud, 2015. "A Behaviour-based Approach to the Estimation of Poverty in India," Working Papers id:7812, eSocialSciences.
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    Keywords

    poverty; India; poor; poverty measures; price indices; rural; urban; Engel lines; cereals-calorie;
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    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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