As promised, I have an updated and expanded version of my post on The Poverty Numbers at Pragati. From my blog post, I have subtracted some things in the interest of space – the discussion on the recall period being most prominent. More importantly, I have added some things, so you should read the Pragati piece even if you’ve read my post.
I have referred to some papers in the Pragati article. Here are the original links to those:
- The Tendulkar Report on the methodology on estimation of†poverty.† Suresh Tendulkar, by the way, was an excellent free market economist.
- Angus Deaton’s 2008 paper on why Indians are consuming fewer calories is here (PDF link). Look at pages 53 onwards for discussion on the calorie decline.
- Deaton’s other paper on how the divergence between the NSS data and the CPI affected poverty numbers is here.
- All of Deaton’s work on poverty can be viewed here.