Urbanization and the South Asian Enigma: A Case Study of India
AbstractSouth Asia has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the world, despite rapid economic growth compared to other regions such as sub-Saharan Africa. Known as the ‘South Asian enigma’ this feature is partly attributed to the low status of women in South Asian societies. This paper examines this tenet in the context of India, with particular emphasis on possible differences between rural and urban scenarios. The empirical evidence reveals some important differences, which are relevant for policies relating to women’s empowerment against a backdrop of rapid urbanization.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Working Paper WP2010/37.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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urbanization; women; malnutrition; slums; India;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-05-15 (All new papers)
- NEP-CWA-2010-05-15 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-DEV-2010-05-15 (Development)
- NEP-HAP-2010-05-15 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-URE-2010-05-15 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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