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March 25, 2005



Wow, nice heads up on that speech. One estimate indicates that the poverty rate fell from 41 percent in 1992-93 to less than 29 percent in 2000. I would love to know what the methodology/citing for that estimate is. That's an impressive number.


The Planning Commission for the Government of India has some statistics on poverty rates, but the data is shoddy. The 41% figure in 1992-93 is available there. Data on WRI web site on poverty in India shows the 29% figure in 2000, but does not cite the source. Of course, definition of poverty in India is different from the international definition ($1 per day).


For a moment if we ignore the numbers and concentrate on "dose of advice " , don't we or our government know about it already that needs to be done?

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