Spatial Inequality and Polarisation in India

CREDIT Research Paper No. 03/16

46 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2004

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Farhad Noorbakhsh

University of Glasgow - Centre for Development Studies

Date Written: September 2003


This paper analyses the extent of inequality amongst the major states of India over nearly two decades. It reviews various theoretical propositions for possible convergence and divergence and argues that while the evidence from the more developed countries supports the case of convergence the empirical evidence shows that the Indian states are on the course of divergence rather than convergence. The paper also investigates if the increasing inequality amongst the states have been coupled with polarisation. Some possible dimensions around which polarisation may have taken place are analysed of which some seem to be highly influential.

Keywords: Inequality, polarisation, regional inequality, India

Suggested Citation

Noorbakhsh, Farhad, Spatial Inequality and Polarisation in India (September 2003). CREDIT Research Paper No. 03/16, Available at SSRN: or

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