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India: Social Development Report 2018: Rising Inequalities in India

D.N. Reddy (Editor)

In recent years India has seen remarkable growth in the GDP. Despite this, the country continues to face high levels of indebtedness and poverty, among various marginalized communities and growing disparities in income and wealth. India: Social Development Report 2018 explores various dimensions of the relationship between the nature of economic development and inequality and provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and implications of rising inequities in India. The report addresses the concerns of inequality in terms of inter-regional and rural–urban issues, factor markets, and gender dimensions with respect to unequal access to education and health care and the exclusion of Dalits, Adivasis, minorities, and other relegated groups.

The twenty-two chapters of the report, divided across seven sections, are based on extensive research and policy analysis of contributing authors in the fields of poverty, inequality, inclusive growth, disparities in wages, incomes, and standards of living, and unequal access to land, labour, and credit. The report shows a possible way forward by suggesting several policy measures that would help reduce inequalities and achieve fair levels of living for all sections of the population.

Going beyond a purely economic measurement, the report argues that the relationship between economic growth and inequality is to be understood through other factors and trends such as those related to politics, social relations, and changes in technology.

Contents: Foreword. Introduction/Haque and D. Narasimha Reddy. I. Inequality and Economic Development: 1. Inequality and Economic Development/Pulin B. Nayak. 2. Wealth and Income Inequality in the Age of Finance/C.P. Chandrasekhar. 3. Inequalities in Well-being in India: A Multidimensional Analysis/B.P. Vani and S. Madheswaran. 4. Role of Urban Inequality in the Phenomenon of Rising Wealth Inequality in India, 2002–12/Vamsi Vakulabharanam and Sripad Motiram. II. Inter-regional and Rural–Urban Inequality: 5. Interstate Inequality in India: Why Have Some States Done Better than Others?/N.C. Saxena. 6. Challenges of Agricultural Transformation for Farmers’ Well-being in India: Region-wise Analysis/Haque. 7. Income Inequalities among Agricultural Households in India: State-Level Assessment and Contributing Factors/Seema Bathla and Anjani Kumar. 8. Migration, Urbanization, and Interstate Inequality in India/Amitabh Kundu and K. Varghese. 9. Inequality in Rural India: Insights from Village Studies/Himanshu. III. Inequality in Factor Markets: 10. Segmented and Unequal: Comparing Labour Markets in India and Brazil/Alexandre de Freitas Barbosa, Maria Cristina Cacciamali, Gerry Rodgers, Janine Rodgers, Vidhya Soundararajan, and Fabio Tatei. 11. Wage Inequalities in India/K.P. Kannan. IV. Gender Inequality: 12. Gender Equality in India: New Challenges Confronting Progress/Nitya Rao and Ayesha Pervez. 13. Promises Unfulfi lled: Women’s Access to Land in India/Hema Swaminathan and Suchitra J.Y. V. Inequality in Access to Education and Health Care: 14. Inequality in Access to Higher Education in India between the Poor and the Rich/Jandhyala B.G. Tilak and Pradeep Kumar Choudhury. 15. Unequal Access to Elementary Education in India: Government versus Private Schools/Ashok Pankaj and Poornima M. 16. Exclusion and Inequality in Indian Education/Rangachar Govinda and Madhumita Bandyopadhyay. 17. Universalising Quality School Education in India: Perspectives and Prospects/Muchkund Dubey. 18. Equity in Health Care Utilization and Financial Risk Protection: Financial Implications of Illness among Casual Labour Households/Anup K. Karan and Sakthivel Selvaraj. 19. Can India’s New National Health Policy Bridge the Disconnect with Development?/Srinath Reddy. VI. Exclusion of Dalits, Adivasis, and Other Marginalized Groups: Role of Affirmative Action. 20. Persistent Inequalities in India: Challenges in Overcoming Inequalities of Opportunities as Envisaged in the Constitution of India/Narasimha Reddy. 21. Do Not Change the Goal Post from Equality to Inclusiveness: A Modest Agenda for Elimination of Marginalization of Dalits, Adivasis, and Muslims/K.B. Saxena. VII. Social Development Index. Social Development Index 2018.

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Title India: Social Development Report 2018: Rising Inequalities in India
Author D.N. Reddy
Format Softcover
Date published: 22.05.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199494361
length 356p., Tables; Figures and Chart.