Changing Living Standards in Southern Indian Villages 1975-2006: Revisiting the ICRISAT Village Level Studies

Stefan Dercon, Pramila Krishnan, Sofya Krutikova

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Abstract

We study changes in living conditions using longitudinal data covering 30 years in six villages in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, initially surveyed during 1975-1984, and resurveyed in recent years, as part of the ICRISAT Village Level Studies. Monetary welfare indicators (such as incomes, assets, consumption and poverty) and non-monetary indicators of well-being (such as basic literacy, education, health and subjective well-being) have improved considerably. Consumption growth is linked to literacy and education at baseline. Other assets, such as land, have a neglible impact, suggesting that labour and human capital have been instrumental for growth in these villages.Change involved a large increase in various off-farm activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1676-1693
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume49
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2013

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