A new inequality estimate for urban India? Using house prices to estimate inequality in Mumbai

A.G.M.J. Rongen

Research output: Working paperAcademic

Abstract

This paper applies a novel inequality estimation method to household consumption expenditure in Mumbai, India. Since the richest households may be missing in survey data, this re-estimated inequality figure takes them into account by combining survey data with house price data. However, application of this method does not indicate that the survey-based Gini coefficient of 0.447 underestimates consumption inequality in Mumbai; none of the ten investigated scenarios
yields a higher estimate. Further analyses are necessary to assess the robustness of estimates and the usefulness of applying this method to the whole of urban India.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Publication series

NameWIDER Working Paper
PublisherUNU-WIDER
No.181/2018

Keywords

  • Inequality
  • India
  • Top incomes
  • House prices

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