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Can Firm Clusters Foster Non-Farm Jobs? Policy Issues for Rural India


  • Keshab Das


The present paper argues that a comprehensive rural industrialisation/cluster development strategy has to be designed within a broader regional development perspective that does not fail to include employment generation as a, if not the, critical dimension.A mechanistic, replicative and essentially ad hoc approach to cluster development that is oblivious to the developmental constraints facing the Indian rural economy may fail to succeed in generating employment opportunities as also in creating a competitive and sustainable rural industrial base.

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  • Keshab Das, 2006. "Can Firm Clusters Foster Non-Farm Jobs? Policy Issues for Rural India," Working Papers id:381, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:381
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    1. Keshabanada Das, 1998. "Collective dynamism and firm strategy: Study of an Indian industrial cluster," Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 33-49, January.
    2. Bar-el, Raphael, 1984. "Rural industrialization objectives: The income-employment conflict," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 129-140, February.
    3. Anderson, Dennis, 1982. "Small industry in developing countries: A discussion of issues," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 10(11), pages 913-948, November.
    4. Keshab Das, 2001. "Issues in Promoting Rural Infrastructure in India," Documents de travail 67, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.
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