Is Extreme Poverty Declining? Findings from Agricultural Households in India

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Research Article

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Economic and Political Weekly


The latest round of the Situation Ass essment Survey of Agricultural Households is used to calculate income poverty instead of commenting on consumption poverty across non-comparable data sets. Using three different poverty lines, it is demonstrated that at least 21.1% of agricultural households are extremely income poor. Though the so-called "Great Indian Poverty Debate 2.0," with statistical assu mptions on consumption distribution or relative prices, may provide certain estimates of poverty, those seem to be disproportionate to the actualities of the extremely poor in recent times.

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