ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Statistical Mirage of Poverty Alleviation

Statistical Mirage of Poverty Alleviation IN their paper 'Rural Poverty in the Semi- Arid Tropics of India' (EPW, March 20-27) R P Singh and P B R Hazell (SH for short) seek to provide "sound empirical evidence on who the poor are, how they can be easily identified, the determinants of their poverty and the likely effectiveness of alternative interventions". In their opinion, this evidence is required for the "efficient design of the targeted assistance schemes" such as the IRDP and the EGS. Making a multivariate analysis of data collected by ICRISAT, they demonstrate that certain policy interventions would be effective in reducing poverty

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