Caste at Birth? Redefining Disparity in India

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Ashwini Deshpande

Delhi School of Economics - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

Using household information in the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) 1992/93 data, this paper examines regional variations in intercaste disparity in India. Based on five variables that are indicators of the standard of living of the three major caste/tribe groups identifiable in the data, a “caste deprivation index” is constructed that can be reversed to read as a “caste development index.” Mapping the regional variation in this index, the paper makes a plea for focusing on caste as an essential ingredient in the study of stratification patterns in India’s population.

Suggested Citation

Deshpande, Ashwini, Caste at Birth? Redefining Disparity in India (February 2001). Review of Development Economics, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 130-144, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2724268 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9361.00112

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