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Revisiting between-group inequality measurement : an application to the dynamics of caste inequality in two Indian villages
 
Author:Lanjouw, Peter; Rao, Vijayendra; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5337
Country:India; Date Stored:2010/06/14
Document Date:2010/06/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Rural Poverty Reduction; Inequality; Equity and Development; Services & Transfers to Poor; Poverty Impact EvaluationLanguage:English
Major Sector:Education; Public Administration, Law, and Justice; Health and other social servicesRel. Proj ID:1W-Equity And Development Research Program -- -- P099861;
Region:South AsiaReport Number:WPS5337
Sub Sectors:Health; Other social services; General education sector; General public administration sector; Law and justiceVolume No:1 of 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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