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The Poor Half Billion in South Asia: What is Holding Back Lagging Regions?

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  • Ghani, Ejaz
    (South Asia Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, The World Bank, Washington D.C.)

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South Asia, which is home to 1.5 billion people, is a land of sharp and growing contrasts. It has attracted global attention as an emerging economic powerhouse, but is also home to the largest concentration of people living in conflict, poverty, and malnutrition. This has created 'two South Asias'-one dynamic, urbanized, and globally integrated, and the other rural, impoverished, and lagging. With a focus on the poor half billion of South Asia, this volume puts into perspective the colossal task ahead to eradicate poverty and enable inclusive growth. Examining the development challenges, successes, and failures of South Asia, it provides fresh perspectives on the links between economic geography, institutions, and globalization. The essays provide answers to why certain regions are lagging through a comparative study of spatial disparities in income, poverty, conflict, human development, and gender divides. Combining quantitative data with analytical rigour, this volume provides innovative short-term and long-term policy solutions to overcome the limits to growth and escape poverty traps.

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  • Ghani, Ejaz (ed.), 2010. "The Poor Half Billion in South Asia: What is Holding Back Lagging Regions?," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198068846.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780198068846
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    1. Martin Rama & Tara Béteille & Yue Li & Pradeep K. Mitra & John Lincoln Newman, 2015. "Addressing Inequality in South Asia," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 20395, January.
    2. Desmet, Klaus & Ghani, Ejaz & O'Connell, Stephen, 2013. "India’s Spatial Development," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 124, pages 1-5, September.
    3. Aaron Flaaen & Ejaz Ghani & Saurabh Mishra, 2013. "How to Avoid Middle-Income Traps?," World Bank Other Operational Studies 22602, The World Bank.
    4. K.S. Kavi Kumar & Kamal Karunagoda & Enamul Haque & L. Venkatachelam & Girish Nath Bahal, 2012. "Addressing Long-term Challenges to Food Security and Rural Livelihoods in South Asia," Working Papers 2012-075, Madras School of Economics,Chennai,India.
    5. Amit Batabyal & Peter Nijkamp, 2014. "Technology, Learning, and Long Run Economic Growth in Leading and Lagging Regions," ERSA conference papers ersa14p893, European Regional Science Association.
    6. David E. Bloom & David Canning & Larry Rosenberg, 2011. "Demographic Change and Economic Growth in South Asia," PGDA Working Papers 6711, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.

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