Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229402
Authors: 
Mothkoor, Venugopal
Badgaiyan, Nina
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2021/1
Abstract: 
We measure multidimensional poverty in India using National Sample Survey Organization data from 2014-15 to 2017-18. We use income, health, education, and standard of living to measure the MPI. The MPI headcount declined from 26.9 to 13.75 per cent over the study period. The all-India estimates indicate that 144 million people were lifted from poverty during this period. We include different health dimensions, factoring in insurance, institutional coverage, antenatal care, and chronic conditions. Income is the dominant instrument with the highest contribution to the MPI, followed by insurance. Cooking, sanitation, and education also have significant weights. The decline in deprivation is steeper in rural areas than urban areas. Our state-level estimates reveal that 20 states report less than 10 per cent headcount poverty, up from six states. COVID-19 may lead to reversals of these gains, with poverty rising to pre-2014-15 levels, rising more steeply in rural areas.
Subjects: 
MPI
income
poverty
India
deprivation
rural
urban
COVID-19
JEL: 
I14
I30
I32
I38
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-935-8
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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