Polarization, inequality and growth: The Indian experience

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dc.contributor.author Motiram, Sripad
dc.contributor.author Sarma, Nayantara
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-04T08:00:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-04T08:00:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2275/160
dc.description.abstract We analyze polarization in India roughly in the past two and half decades using consumption expenditure data. We show that polarization has increased sharply since the 1990s, reversing the earlier trend. On multidimensional polarization, we show that several pre-existing cleavages (caste, rural-urban, state, region) have accentuated. Overall, our results suggest that the high growth that India has been witnessing in recent years and the pro-market reforms initiated since 1990s have been associated with widening disparities. Comparing polarization and inequality, we find similarities, but also some differences. Our results therefore underscore the importance of studying polarization as distinct from traditional inequality. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP;WP-2011-011
dc.subject Polarization en_US
dc.subject Inequality en_US
dc.subject Growth in India en_US
dc.title Polarization, inequality and growth: The Indian experience en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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