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India’s Development Experience - A Regional Analysis: An essay in honour of Prof. Ashok Mathur


  • Majumder, Rajarshi


Wide regional variation has been a major characteristic of development experience in India. In the present study, the multidimensional facet of development is sought to be reflected through composite indices of development. It deals with the development trends exhibited at the National as well as Regional level during the period 1971-1995 with special focus on regional disparity in development levels. Considerable variation in the levels of development - both across states and also within each state is perceived. The disparity seems to be widening over time, specially in the post-reform period. Providing adequate infrastructural facilities, shift from Central Planning to Multilevel Planning, and breaking the myth of trade-off between growth and equity are some of the emerging policy suggestions.

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  • Majumder, Rajarshi, 2002. "India’s Development Experience - A Regional Analysis: An essay in honour of Prof. Ashok Mathur," MPRA Paper 4818, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2004.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4818

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    1. Mathur, Ashok, 1983. "Regional Development and Income Disparities in India: A Sectoral Analysis," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 31(3), pages 475-505, April.
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    Regional Disparity; Development; Planning; India; Infrastructure;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures


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