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Somnath Chattopadhyay
''District level poverty estimation: a spatial approach''
( 2010, Vol. 30 No.4 )
The paper uses the procedure for estimating regional consumer price index numbers based on the estimation of item-specific region wise Engel curves. Given the problem of unavailability of official district level poverty lines, the same are estimated by multiplying the official state level poverty line by the district level price indices estimated taking state as the base region. The poverty measures adjusted for the district level poverty lines, give a clearer picture for the spatial variations in levels of living across the districts of West Bengal, an eastern state of India.
Keywords: Poverty line, Delta method, Cost of living
JEL: I3 - Welfare and Poverty: General
R2 - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics: Household Analysis: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 07 2010 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 11 2010

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