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Chronic Poverty and Development Policy in India

Aasha Kapur Mehta
Andrew Shepherd


This book provides an analysis of poverty reduction policies from a chronic poverty perspective. Using quantitative and qualitative data, the volume offers an account of the major causes and consequences of chronic poverty. Also explored are: the phenomenon of chronic poverty among rural casual labourers; the effect of involuntary displacement and relocation; the opportunities afforded by technology for empowerment; and possible ways and means to strengthen existing safety nets for the vulnerable.

This book is not available to download online, but it is available to buy from the ODI bookshop (and other sources). 

Contents of this book

  • Chronic Poverty in India - An Introduction
    Andrew Shepherd and Aasha Kapur Mehta
  • Correlates of Incidence and Exit from Chronic Poverty in Rural India - Evidence from Panel Data
    Shashanka Bhide and Aasha Kapur Mehta
  • Rural Casual Labourers, Wages and Poverty - 1983 to 1999-2000
    Sheila Bhalla, Anup K Karan and T Shobha
  • Extreme and Chronic Poverty and Malnutrition in India - Incidence and Determinants
    R Radhakrishna et al
  • Chronic Poverty among the Indian Elderly
    S Irudaya Rajan
  • Impact of Involuntary Displacement on a Tribal Community (A Case Study of the Sahariya Adivasi Displaced from Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh)
    Asmita Kabra
  • Chronic Poverty and Gendered Patterns of Intra-Household Resource Allocation
    Ratna M Sudarshan and Rina Bhattacharya
  • A Case Study from East Delhi - Political Perspectives on Chronic Poverty
    N C B Nath
  • Operationalising Multidimensional Concepts of Chronic Poverty - An Exploratory Spatial Analysis
    Aasha Kapur Mehta, Ramakrushna Panigrahi and Sashi Sivramkrishna
  • Chronic Poverty in Rural Areas - The Role of Government Policy
    P V Thomas
  • Technological Change in Food Production - Implications for Vulnerable Sections
    M S Swaminathan
  • Safety Nets for the Chronic Poor in India - An Overview
    S Mahendra Dev

Publication Type(s)



poverty dynamics policy politics social protection India data remote rural areas livelihoods labour


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