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Growth and deprivation in India: What does recent data say?

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  • Sripad Motiram

    () (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

  • Karthikeya Naraparaju

    (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research)

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We investigate the relationship between growth and deprivation in India, an issue of immense interest. Given the continuing controversy in India over poverty lines, we use a framework that rigorously assesses the impact of growth on the poor over a range of poverty lines. Using National sample Surveys on consumption expenditure, we show that while growth has "trickled down" in both rural and urban areas, it has not been in favour of the poor. In urban areas, growth has been "anti-poor." We extend this methodology to incorporate sub-groups and consider disadvantaged caste groups and poorer/lower classes. We find that growth has not been in favour of the poor among these groups. Our findings raise serious concerns about the "inclusiveness" of Indian growth. Our analysis also has implications for pro-poor growth and the measurement of inequality.

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  • Sripad Motiram & Karthikeya Naraparaju, 2013. "Growth and deprivation in India: What does recent data say?," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2013-005, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:igiwpp:2013-005
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    1. Son, Hyun Hwa, 2004. "A note on pro-poor growth," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 82(3), pages 307-314, March.
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    1. Indian Institute for Human Settlements, 2017. "Cities as Engines of Inclusive Development," Working Papers id:11713, eSocialSciences.

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    Keywords

    Pro-poor growth; Poverty; Inclusion; India;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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