Characteristics and Patterns of Intergenerational Poverty Traps and Escapes in Rural North India
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
© The Author 2012. Development Policy Review © 2012 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Special Issue: Inheritance and the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 617–640, September 2012
How to Cite
Krishna, A. (2012), Characteristics and Patterns of Intergenerational Poverty Traps and Escapes in Rural North India. Development Policy Review, 30: 617–640. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00591.x
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2012
- first submitted October 2011; final revision accepted May 2012
- Intergenerational poverty;
- poverty traps and escapes;
The poverty status of all 4,198 households resident in 18 villages of Rajasthan, India, was examined at four points of time between 1977 and 2010 using a retrospective methodology known as Stages of Progress. Households that were consistently poor at all four points over the 33 years were regarded as the intergenerational poverty (IGP) group. Their characteristics and experiences were compared with those of other village households, which – after being consistently poor at the first three points in time – had overcome poverty before the fourth (and final) measurement. The article shows how an impoverished inheritance, made worse by a succession of adverse events (mostly of an everyday kind), has trapped households within IGP.