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Intra-State Disparities in Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Orissa and Punjab

There is a large body of literature that highlights growing inter-regional disparities in India. However, intra-state disparities have not elicited similar attention, primarily due to the non-availability of comparable data at the sub-nss region level. This paper uses nss consumption expenditure survey data for two recent quinquennial rounds to calculate comparable welfare indicators and indices of inequality at the district level in five states. The data show that intra-state disparities are also increasing. From the policy point of view, intra-state disparities need the same kind of attention that rising inter-state inequalities have attracted in recent times.

This is the revised version of the paper which was presented at the w orkshop organised by the Asian Development Research Institute in Patna. Helpful comments and suggestions from Atul Sarma, two discussants and other participants in the workshop are gratefully acknowledged. Usual disclaimers apply.

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