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Revisiting between-group inequality measurement : an application to the dynamics of caste inequality in two Indian villages, Volume 1
Author:Lanjouw, Peter; Rao, Vijayendra; Country:India;
Date Stored:2010/06/14Document Date:2010/06/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Inequality; Equity and Development; Services & Transfers to Poor; Poverty Impact Evaluation; Rural Poverty Reduction
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education; Health and other social services; Public Administration, Law, and Justice
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Equity And Development Research Program -- -- P099861;Region:South Asia
Report Number:WPS5337Sub Sectors:Health; Other social services; Other Public Administration, Law and Justice; General education sector; General public administration sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5337Volume No:1

Summary: Standard approaches to decomposing how much group differences contribute to inequality rarely show significant between-group inequality, and are of limited use in comparing populations with different numbers of groups. This study applies an adaptation to the standard approach that remedies these problems to longitudinal household data from two Indian villages -- Palanpur in the north, and Sugao in the west. The authors find that in Palanpur the largest scheduled caste group failed to share in the gradual rise in village prosperity. This would not have emerged from standard decomposition analysis. However, in Sugao the alternative procedure did not yield any additional insights because income gains applied relatively evenly across castes.

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