Date of Submission


Date of Award


Institute Name (Publisher)

Indian Statistical Institute

Document Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Subject Name

Quantitative Economics


Economic Research Unit (ERU-Kolkata)


Chakravarty, Satya Ranjan (ERU-Kolkata; ISI)

Abstract (Summary of the Work)

Issues like inequity, deprivation and poverty have been a focus of interest for social scientists for a long time. The present thesis explores a few aspects of the above issues. It ermbodies the fruit of my intellectual perambulation in the Economic Research Unit of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) during the years 1995 - 97. The text is divided into six chapters. The first chapter gives a general overview of different aspects of measuring inequality, deprivation and poverty. The second, third and fourth chapters take up the issue of deprivation measurement in detail. They contain discussions on deprivation ordering, indices and deprivation reducing tax functions. Chapter 5 characterizes a family of subgroup and factor decomposable measures of multidimensional poverty and chapter 6 studies a family of multidimensional additive measures of improvement in well-being.I cannot express in words my sense of gratitude towards my thesis supervisor Professor Satya R. Chakravarty. I had the privilege of occupying a great deal of his precious time during which I have learnt a lot from his way of thinking and his approach to a problem. I must thank Professor Chakravarty and Professor Ravindra R. Ranade of Kagawa University, Japan for allowing me to include our joint work in this thesis.I am indebted to Professor Rana Barua of the Stat-Math Unit, ISI, Professor Snigdha Chakrabarti and Professor Dipankar Coondoo of the Economic Research Unit, ISI, Professor Peter Lambert of University of York, England, Professor Patrick Moyes of LARE, France, Pro- fessor Efe A. Ok of New York University, USA and Professor Kai-Yuen Tsui of Chinese University of Hongkong for their valuable suggestions and help. I would like to thank my friends Mr. S. Ghosh, Mr. S. B. Chatterjee, Dr. M. Mitra, Dr. A. Sarkar, Dr. S. Ghoshal, Mr. P. Dutta, Mr. S. Das, Miss M. Chakrabarty and other fellow scholars for their constant encouragement. The non-scientific workers of the Economic Research Unit, Dean's Office, Library and Reprography have always been ready to lend a hand. Their help has been invaluable.


ProQuest Collection ID:

Control Number


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Included in

Mathematics Commons