Publication: What Do We Know about Poverty in India in 2017/18?
Edochie, Ifeanyi Nzegwu
Moreno Herrera, Laura
Newhouse, David Locke
Sinha Roy, Sutirtha
This paper nowcasts poverty in India, one of the countries with the largest population below the international poverty line of $1.90 per person per day. Because the latest official household survey dates back to 2011/12, there is considerable uncertainty about recent poverty trends in the country. Applying a pass-through and survey-to-survey methodology, extreme poverty (at the $1.90 poverty line) for India in 2017 is estimated at 10.4 percent with a confidence interval of [8.1, 11.3]. The urban and rural poverty rates are estimated at 7.2 and 12.0 percent, respectively. Across a wide range of publicly available data sources, the paper finds no evidence of an increase in poverty between 2011/12 and 2017/18.
“Edochie, Ifeanyi Nzegwu; Freije-Rodriguez, Samuel; Lakner, Christoph; Moreno Herrera, Laura; Newhouse, David Locke; Sinha Roy, Sutirtha; Yonzan, Nishant. 2022. What Do We Know about Poverty in India in 2017/18?. Policy Research Working Paper;No. 9931. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/36971 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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