Determining BPL Status: Some Methodological Improvements

OPHI Research in Progress

A draft paper on the 2002 method for identifying Below the Poverty Line households in rural India, which argues that mis-targeting is significantly influenced by the measurement methodology, not only by corruption as has been supposed.

Citation: Alkire, S. and Seth, S. (2009). 'Determining BPL status: Some methodological improvements', OPHI Research in Progress 7a, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

This paper is also published in the Indian Journal of Human Development (IJHD), 2008, Vol. 2.2, pp. 407–424.

Below Poverty Line, BPL, poverty measurement, Alkire-Foster method, multidimensional poverty
South Asia

Sabina Alkire and Suman Seth
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OPHI Research in Progress
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RP 7a