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Social group disparities and poverty in India

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  • Rohit Mutatkar

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This paper seeks to provide a profile of social group disparities and poverty in India, where social groups are classified as scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other social groups, and examine the factors underlying differences in levels of living between these groups and for each group separately. The paper argues that social group disparities in levels of living are the result of historically rooted `social disadvantages' for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, by way of social exclusion and physical exclusion respectively, which continue to operate in contemporary Indian society.

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  • Rohit Mutatkar, 2005. "Social group disparities and poverty in India," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2005-004, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2005-004
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    1. Mehtabul Azam, 2012. "A distributional analysis of social group inequality in rural India," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(4), pages 415-432, May.
    2. Lanjouw, Peter & Rao, Vijayendra, 2011. "Revisiting Between-Group Inequality Measurement: An Application to the Dynamics of Caste Inequality in Two Indian Villages," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(2), pages 174-187, February.
    3. Awasthi, I. C. & Shrivastav, Puneet Kumar, 2015. "Inequalities in Economic and Educational Status in Social Groups in India: Evidences from Village Study in Uttar Pradesh," MPRA Paper 66441, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Poverty; Scheduled Caste; Scheduled Tribe; Exclusion; India;

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    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty

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