Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives

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Clarendon Press, Jul 10, 1997 - Business & Economics - 420 pages
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India is a country of great diversity. The commonly used indicators of `quality of life' (such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and literacy) vary tremendously between the different states, rivalling international contrasts between very low performing countries and very high achieving ones. This volume of essays reflects an attempt to draw lessons from the disparate experiences within India, rather than from contrasts with the experiences of other countries. It supplements Drze and Sen's India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity, which studies what we can learn from international comparisons of policies, actions, and achievements. The essays challenge exclusively economic judgements of the development process. The first task is to identify the ends of economic and social development in order to have a basis in which to found the means and strategies. The second task is to understand a wider range of means than those related simply to the use or non-use of markets.The first two overview essays study the issues at the national level, focusing on policy debates and district-by-district demographic indicators, respectively. They are followed by detailed case studies of three very different states: Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and West Bengal.

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The Burden of Inertia
Trends in Headcount Index of Rural Poverty
Number of Teachers per 10000 Persons
Chapter 3
Agrarian Politics and Rural Development
Distribution of Landholdings in West Bengal
West Bengals Share of Indias Total
Comparative Trends in the Proportion of
Comparative Trends in Agricultural Labourers
Rural Poverty HeadCount Ratio and Infant
On Keralas Development Achievements
Chapter 4
Name Index
Subject Index

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About the author (1997)

Sen is Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is a former Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, and a former Delegate to the Press. He is President of the American Economic Association, and a past president of both the Econometric Society and the International Economic Association. In 1990 he was awarded the Giovanni Agnelli Prize for the promotion of the understanding of ethical issues in modern society.