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Caste and Life Satisfaction in Rural North India

Research, Social Hierarchy1 min read

Author: Dean Spears

Published in: Economic and Political Weekly

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Abstract:

The article explores the association between caste and life association, an indicator to measure the subjective well-being of people. In addition to reporting the differences in life satisfaction across caste categories in rural North India, where the Dalits and Other Backward Classes experience lower levels of life satisfaction as compared to the upper castes, the article also examines whether these differences can be accounted for merely by the association of caste with poverty.

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