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 Drèze 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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One of the first books I read from Amartya Sen. As expected it is lengthy and requires patience to go through all the statistical details. All in all a worth reading if you have patience and want to understand the thoughts of Noble laureate for his country. Read full review

Review: Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives

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One of the first books I read from Amartya Sen. As expected it is lengthy and requires patience to go through all the statistical details. All in all a worth reading if you have patience and want to understand the thoughts of Noble laureate for his country. Read full review

Contents

Chapter
1
The Burden of Inertia
33
Trends in Headcount Index of Rural Poverty
48
Number of Teachers per 10000 Persons
89
Chapter 3
97
Agrarian Politics and Rural Development
129
Distribution of Landholdings in West Bengal
140
West Bengals Share of Indias Total
164
Comparative Trends in the Proportion of
171
Comparative Trends in Agricultural Labourers
177
Rural Poverty HeadCount Ratio and Infant
184
On Keralas Development Achievements
205
Chapter 4
206
Name Index
407
Subject Index
415
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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.