Mind the Gap—Is Economic Growth in India Leaving Some States Behind?

Author/Editor:

Catriona Purfield

Publication Date:

April 1, 2006

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Summary:

This paper examines how growth has varied across India's states. It finds that (i) the income gap between rich and poor states has widened; (ii) rich and faster-growing states have been more effective in reducing poverty; (iii) poor and slower-growing states have had little success in generating private sector jobs; (iv) labor and capital flows do little to close income gaps; and (v) the volatility in economic growth is greatest in poor states. Differences in states' policies affect the cross-state pattern of growth. Greater private sector investment, smaller governments, and better institutions are found to have a positive impact on growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/103

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451863635/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006103

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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