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Gender, caste and poverty in India: evidence from the National Family Health Survey

William Lastrapes () and Ramaprasad Rajaram ()
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Eurasian Economic Review, 2016, vol. 6, issue 2, No 1, 153-171

Abstract: Abstract This paper estimates the effects of gender and social caste on poverty in India using measures of household wealth from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). Our asset-based measures of poverty are conceptually different than official measures based on consumption expenditures. For the period 2005–2006, we find that female-headed households and households belonging to marginalized social classes are more likely to be poor than their counterparts. Whether a household belongs to marginalized social class is more strongly associated with poverty than the gender of the household head.

Keywords: Poverty; Female headed households; Gender inequality; Social caste (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 I21 I28 I31 I32 J16 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s40822-015-0043-4

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