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Does Human Development Policy Matter for Economic Growth? Evidence from Indian States


  • Jaya Prakash Pradhan

    (Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries, New Delhi)

  • Vinoj Abraham

    (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)


For explaining growth differentials across the countries, recent growth literature is increasingly relying on the process of human capital accumulation along with the traditional factors like labour and non-human capital. This study has investigated the role of human development policy on the economic growth of Indian states for the period 1980-97. Evidences suggest that the human development position of the states is strongly determined by the human development policy pursued. Panel data evidence investigating the growth impact of human development policy found that economic growth significantly depends upon the human development policy It confirmed that the government allocation for education is critical for eco nomic development. However, per capita health expenditure does not posses any significant growth impact.

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  • Jaya Prakash Pradhan & Vinoj Abraham, 2002. "Does Human Development Policy Matter for Economic Growth? Evidence from Indian States," South Asia Economic Journal, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, vol. 3(1), pages 77-93, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:soueco:v:3:y:2002:i:1:p:77-93

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    1. Vadlamannati, Krishna Chaitanya, 2008. "Socioeconomic, Institutional & Political Determinants Of Human Rights Abuses: A Subnational Study Of India, 1993 – 2002," MPRA Paper 10142, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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