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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2Society, Institutions, and Development$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.001.0001

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Growth, Distribution and Inclusiveness

Growth, Distribution and Inclusiveness

Reflections on India'S Experience

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(p.327) Chapter 17 Growth, Distribution and Inclusiveness
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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2
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Montek S. Ahluwalia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.003.0018

This chapter examines India's experience in achieving growth and distributional objectives in the post-reforms period. The growth performance has been unambiguously positive, contradicting doubts expressed at the start of the reforms. Experience on the distributional front is not as positive — there is progress on several distributional indicators but it is slower than expected, and the scale of the problem remains large. The state will have to play a larger role in ensuring delivery of key services which can make growth more inclusive. The Eleventh Plan has to meet the twin challenge of accelerating growth, while simultaneously ensuring a much better distributional outcome. The former may be easier to achieve than the latter but both are essential.

Keywords:   growth, distribution, poverty, inclusiveness, regional imbalance, child malnutrition, Eleventh Plan

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