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

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Calorie Norms and Poverty

In recent years there has been considerable criticism of estimates of poverty in the country. However, estimating poverty using the direct method based on calorie norms gives absurd results such as the headcount ratio in the south being higher than in the BIMORU states and the highest in Tamil Nadu. There certainly is a need to revisit the methodology of estimating the poverty lines. But developing a methodology that exaggerates the poverty numbers is not the solution.

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