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How Lives ChangePalanpur, India, and Development Economics$
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Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, and Nicholas Stern

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806509.001.0001

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India and Palanpur

India and Palanpur

A Story of Change*

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(p.77) 3 India and Palanpur
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How Lives Change
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Himanshu

Peter Lanjouw

Nicholas Stern

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806509.003.0004

The seven decades of the Palanpur study cover India’s life as an independent nation. The chapter highlights those changes in India’s economy and policy that relate, and are relevant, to our understanding of Palanpur’s development. Amongst the key events in India’s history that are of particular pertinence in Palanpur are the land reforms of the 1950s associated with zamindari abolition, the green revolution, diversification of employment into non-farm activities, with increasing incomes in rural areas, the slow expansion of education, rapid population growth, changing social, political, and demographic structures, transformation in communications, liberalization, and the opening of the economy. These changes in the overall economic environment have constituted crucial context for, and forces behind, the changes observed in Palanpur. The seven decades of data and close know ledge of Palanpur also help to illuminate the overall story of India’s development and locate it in a specific and human context.

Keywords:   Palanpur, Indian economy, land reforms, non-farm activities, diversification, transformation, development, liberalization

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