Rahul Lahoti is a Ph.d. Candidate at University of Göttingen, Germany with the Chair of Prof. Stephan Klasen. His research interests are in poverty measurement, inequality, inclusive growth and gender. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University, a Masters in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego, and Bachelors in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India. He is member of the Global Consumption and Income Project and was previously part of the Gender Asset Gap project.
How serious is the neglect of intra-household inequality in poverty measures in India?
01 Aug 2016
Poverty measurement at the household level assumes that the poverty status of all household members, irrespective of age and gender, is the same as that of the household. This column presents a framework to measure multidimensional poverty at the individual level and finds that intra-household inequality in poverty measures vastly increases the differences in poverty rates between genders and across age groups. The framework is especially important given that the World Bank plans to measure poverty rates for men and women separately.
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