The balance of all things: Explaining household poverty dynamics in 50 villages of Gujarat, India

Anirudh Krishna, J. Daniel Lecy

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Abstract

Explanations for poverty have often tended to focus on momentous, especially calamitous, events. In this analysis we show how households’ longer-term economic fortunes are more significantly influenced by a succession of quotidian, recurring, and comparatively minor events. Rather than any single event, it is the balance of positive and negative everyday events that better explains where a household will eventually land up. Policy interventions can make a deeper impact on poverty by influencing the balance of everyday events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-175
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Multiple Research Approaches
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Disaster relief
  • Poverty dynamics
  • Poverty traps
  • Stages of progress methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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