Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126376
Authors: 
Subramanian, S.
Jayaraj, D.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/025
Abstract: 
This paper undertakes an assessment of the evolution of inequality in the distribution of consumption expenditure in India over the last quarter-century, from 1983 to 2009-10, employing data available in the quinquennial 'thick' surveys of the National Sample Survey Office. We find that plausible adjustments to the data, along with an emphasis on 'centrist' rather than 'rightist' or 'leftist' inequality measures, lead to a picture of inequality in the distribution of consumption expenditure widening over time, which is at odds with the impression of more or less unchanging inequality conveyed in some of the literature available on the subject in India.
Subjects: 
absolute inequality
relative inequality
intermediate inequality
coefficient of variation
standard deviation
Krtscha measure
JEL: 
D30
D31
O15
O40
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-910-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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