Issues in Chronic Poverty: Panel Data Based Analysis

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Aasha Kapur Mehta

Institute for Human Development, Delhi

Shashanka Bhide

National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

The distinction between chronic or extended duration poverty and transient poverty is rarely made in the substantial literature on poverty in India. Determination of poverty as chronic or temporary requires that the same households be tracked over time through a panel data set and/or use of life or event history and other qualitative approaches. This paper reviews the limited panel data based literature on chronic poverty in India as also the literature on other countries. It then uses panel data that longitudinally track 3,139 households in rural India to try to provide an initial identification and understanding of the characteristics of households that exhibit mobility out of poverty and of those that simply stay poor. The paper draws attention to the policy implications of this analysis.

Keywords: Poverty Dynamics, Policy, India, Data, Methodology

Suggested Citation

Mehta, Aasha Kapur and Bhide, Shashanka, Issues in Chronic Poverty: Panel Data Based Analysis (2003). Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1756888

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