Journal of Quantitative Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 603–622 | Cite as

Socio-economic Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty in Rural West Bengal: A Household Level Analysis

  • Poulomi RoyEmail author
  • Soma Ray
  • Sushil Kumar Haldar
Original Article


The present study tries to estimate the incidence, depth and severity of multidimensional poverty (MDP) along with the contributions of dimensions to MDP among the rural households using multi-stage random sampling method in West Bengal. We decompose the inequality of deprivation scores between and within different socio-economic, religious and ethnic groups. The factors affecting the probability of falling in multidimensional poverty is also explored here using logistic regression, and the regression results suggest that public infrastructure plays an essential role towards explaining the variations of MDP. The present study is expected to be helpful to the development planners for better understanding of the root causes of MDP among the rural households in West Bengal.


Multidimensional poverty Inequality decomposition FGT Index Theil Index 

JEL Classification

I30 I32 D63 



We are thankful to the Centre for Advanced Studies, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University for Funding the Project entitled ‘Incidence, Depth, Severity and Determinants of Multidimensional Poverty among Different Socio-Ethnic Groups: A Case Study of Selected Districts of Rural West Bengal’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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