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Forests, sustainability and poverty in India


  • Gundimeda, Haripriya
  • Shyamsundar, Priya


The Indian economy has grown rapidly at 6–8 per cent per year since 1995 and planners aim to sustain an 8 per cent growth rate in the next years. Growth has created considerable optimism about India and its place in the world. After many years of little change, poverty appears to be on the decline with an estimated 5–7 per cent reduction in the late 1990s (Sundaram and Tendulkar, 2003a, b, c; Deaton, 2005). Life expectancy increased from 59 years in 1991 to 64 years in 2008 and the primary school completion rate was at 96 per cent in 2008 (World Bank, 2012). Economic growth has resulted in a boom in the manufacturing and service sectors, large investments in infrastructure and energy projects, and a soaring middle class.

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  • Gundimeda, Haripriya & Shyamsundar, Priya, 2012. "Forests, sustainability and poverty in India," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 17(03), pages 373-378, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:17:y:2012:i:03:p:373-378_00

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    1. Fleischman, Forrest D., 2014. "Why do Foresters Plant Trees? Testing Theories of Bureaucratic Decision-Making in Central India," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 62-74.

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