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Price and Non-Price Determinants of Rural Poverty

estimating relative price in this equation. This seems to have created problem re- Price and Non-Price Determinants of Rural Poverty A Critique V N MISRA It has been argued in this note that the impact of relative prices on rural poverty became non-significant in the recent paper (1998b) by B M Desai and N V Namboodiri (hereafter as DN) probably because it is being included in the equation along with the Consumer Price Index Numbers of Agricultural Labours (CPIAL) measuring thereby the inflation in explaining the changes in rural poverty during the period 1961-62 to 1993-94. Similarly, the explanation for significantly negative coefficient for the distribution in ownership of landholdings is rather misplaced, because it did not change during the last two decades. It seems to have been influenced by other factors included in the equation. Further, it is difficult to rely on the ranking among the variables based on the standardised coefficients due to the non-inclusion of the most important variable like real agricultural wages capturing the impact of rural labour market on the rural poverty in the explanatory framework. As a result, the various trade-offs regarding policy issues based on the coefficients are likely to change if the real agricultural wage is included into the equation. Therefore, for various policy issues, the study of DN is much to be desired. The rationale for these comments would be evident from the following discussion on their findings.

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