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India's Checkered History in Fight against Poverty: Are There Lessons for the Future?

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Looking back 40 years or so, progress against poverty in India has been highly uneven over time and space. It took 20 years for the national poverty rate to fall below - and stay below - its value in the early 1950s. And trend rates of poverty reduction have differed appreciably between states. This paper provides an overview of results from a research project which has been trying to understand what influence economy wide and sectoral factors have played in the evolution of poverty measures for India since the 1950s. There are some clear lessons for the future.

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  • Martin Ravallion & Gaurav Datt, 1996. "India's Checkered History in Fight against Poverty: Are There Lessons for the Future?," Monash Economics Working Papers archive-33, Monash University, Department of Economics.
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