Consumer Expenditure, Distribution &
Poverty : Implications of the NSS 5th round

Jan 30th 2001, Abhijit Sen

Experiments, though necessary and inevitable, with reference periods (the foremost being the lack of independence between them) have rendered the results from the 55th round of NSS survey on poverty incomparable with previous ones. However, this does not undermine the importance of NSS as a crucial and the most important source of data on the Indian Economy. Simultaneously, opinions expressing doubts regarding the accuracy of NSS results on income poverty given differences with alternate series like the National Accounts Statistics (NAS) are baseless, since the 30 day schedules of the two series actually show very similar patterns over the nineties, specially in the case of rural poverty.

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