This study identifies why in the specific context of Rajasthan does
poverty get transmitted from younger to older generation and what is the
relationship between work, education and society. We discuss in same
detail why some children who are not so poor work more than the poor
children but yet do not transfer poverty. While poor children face
various forms of discrimination relating to work, education and social
relations that ensure them life course poverty as well as
intergenerational transfer of poverty.
The data used for the purpose covers 5600 households spread in seven
districts of Rajasthan. A large sample of households enables us to draw
meaningful and significant inferences. Besides, a large number of other
studies on Rajasthan based on primary data have been used to strengthen
the arguments. In section I, we shall examine how children's work is
influenced by the natural Resource Environment. Section II relates to
work and occupation. This is followed by three cases of children in as
many different environments. These are drawn from a larger study of
Livelihood Adaptation in Rajasthan (a brief report of the same is given
in Davies et al, 1996). Section III is on education and Section IV
presents the conclusions.
The Threshold of IntergenerationalTransfer of Poverty presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 18 pp.
The Threshold of Intergenerational Transfer of Poverty