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Type Report
Title A simple poverty scorecard for India
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Publisher report to the Microcredit Summit Campaign
City Washington,
Country/State DC
URL http://microfinance.com/English/Papers/Scoring_Poverty_India_2009_EN.pdf
Abstract
This paper uses data from a national survey to construct an easy-to-use scorecard that estimates the likelihood that a household in India has expenditure below a given poverty line. The scorecard uses 10 simple indicators that field workers can quickly collect and verify. Poverty scores can be computed on paper in less than 5 minutes. The scorecard’s accuracy, as well as sample-size formulas, are reported for a range of poverty lines. Poverty scoring is a practical way for pro-poor programs in India to monitor poverty rates, track changes in poverty rates over time, and target services.

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