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Human Resource and Economic Development: Where Does North-East India Stand?


  • Utpal Kumar De

    (Department of Economics, North-Eastern Hill University Shillong, 793022, Meghalaya)


The relationship between human resource and economic development has been widely recognised at all level. Human resource development is conceived to be an integral part of the process of economic development of any region. Thus development in the quality of human being especially of the working population expedites the development activities. An educated, healthy and wealthy individual has better prospect for invention, innovation and entrepreneurship than another individual without those attributes. Improvement in all those attributes also raises the capability to better manage and utilise the available resources and thus enhance the utility of those resources. North-East India, despite having plenty of natural resources fails to accelerate the economic growth of the region. Sometimes, poor infrastructure and human resources are held responsible for this. However, a few states of North-East (Mizoram, Manipur) have performed reasonably well in improving human development but failed to progress much economically compared to the major other Indian states. States like Meghalaya and Assam despite having many natural resources could not develop industries and also the economy. Also they are the backward states in terms of human resource development. These states could transfer only a section of workers from the primary to the tertiary sector. This paper tries to throw some light on the nature of human development and economic development of North-East India vis-à-vis other region of the country.

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  • Utpal Kumar De, 2011. "Human Resource and Economic Development: Where Does North-East India Stand?," International Journal of Asian Social Science, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 1(4), pages 108-116, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:asi:ijoass:2011:p:108-116

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    1. Loitongbam, Bishwanjit Singh, 2015. "Regional Economic Agglomeration and Openness: The Economic Development of the North Eastern Region (NER)," MPRA Paper 80978, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Feb 2016.

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    Human Resource; Economic Development; North-East India;

    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
    • P46 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty


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