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Escaping and Falling into Poverty in India Today

Amit Thorat, Reeve Vanneman, Sonalde Desai and Amaresh Dubey

World Development, 2017, vol. 93, issue C, 413-426

Abstract: The study examines the dynamic nature of movements into and out of poverty over a period when poverty has fallen substantially in India. The analysis identifies people who escaped poverty and those who fell into it over the period 2005–12. Using panel data from the India Human Development Survey for 2005 and 2012, we find that the risks of marginalized communities such as Dalits and Adivasis of falling into or remaining in poverty were higher than those for more privileged groups. Some, but not all of these higher risks are explained by educational, financial, and social disadvantages of these groups in 2005. Results from a logistic regression show that some factors that help people escape poverty differ from those that push people into it and that the strength of their effects varies.

Keywords: India; poverty; panel; escaping; falling; social groups (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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