This paper exploits a unique dataset covering about 208 Indian villages spread across 14 states at two points of time - 1981-82 and 1998-99 - during which the Indian economy underwent considerable change. These data represent an under-researched resource and are unique in that there is information on households in each village, thereby making it possible to estimate the income distribution for each village. The paper is organised as follows. Section 2 discusses the extant literature and, the background underlying the empiric of the paper. Sections 3 and 4 describe the data and methodology respectively. The results are presented in Section 5. Section 6 offers some conclusions.
Dutta, P.V.; Nagarajan, H.K. Spatial Inequality among Indian Villages: Do Initial Conditions Matter? CPRC-IIPA Working Paper No. 29. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK (2006) 42 pp.