Mind the Gap - is Economic Growth in India Leaving Some States Behind?
28 Pages Posted: 17 May 2006
Date Written: April 2006
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.
Keywords: Conversions, State Level Growth, Economic Reforms
JEL Classification: E61, E66, O18, O40, O47, O53
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