Poverty & Inequality

Incorporating Public Good Availability into the Measure of Poverty

  • Blog Post Date 01 May, 2013
  • IGC Research on India
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Rohini Somanathan

Delhi School of Economics


This project makes an attempt to incorporate benefits from unpaid public services into consumption decisions to arrive at more accurate measures of poverty and inequality. The project  considered three types of public services: schooling, health care and subsidised food grains through the Public Distribution System (PDS). The findings showed that accounting for the use of these services leads to a narrowing of the consumer expenditure distribution and lower inequality in Bihar because the poor utilise public facilities more intensively than other households. 

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