Inequality, Poverty and Development in India

Focus on the North Eastern Region

  • Utpal Kumar De
  • Manoranjan Pal
  • Premananda Bharati

Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Inequality, Growth and Development

  3. Poverty at State Level with Focus North-East

  4. Agricultural and Environmental Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. A. M. Puste, S. K. Gunri, K. Jana, B. Ray Pramanik, S. K. Acharya, M. Dasgupta et al.
      Pages 385-406
    3. Alex Rotta Romani, Flávio de São Pedro Filho, Jeoval Batista da Silva, Janilene Vasconcelos de Melo, Jayashree Patil-Dake
      Pages 407-422
    4. K. U. Viswanathan, Anannya Gupta
      Pages 423-441

About this book


This book reviews the fulfillment of two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely poverty and inequality, in the Indian subcontinent. It examines the complex interplay among development, inequality and poverty in relation to corruption, environmental resource management, agricultural adjustment to climate change and institutional arrangements, with a special focus on the Northeastern region of the country. 
The topics covered offer a blend of theoretical arguments and empirical data with regard to the three main themes of the book, while also providing agricultural and environmental perspectives. The book also provides guidelines for policy initiatives for harnessing the region’s potential in the areas of industry, trade, sustainable use of mineral, forest and other natural resources, nature-based tourism through proper infrastructure development, and resolving land issues to achieve inclusive development.
In addition to introducing some new questions on the development-ethnic conflict interface, it uses sophisticated tools such as the Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition method in consumption expenditure to show the endowment, and return to endowment effects; and techniques like spatial correlation-regression to analyze regional variation, co-integration, vector autoregression, the panel data technique and the adaptation index to climate change, to understand socio-economic complexities and the effect of the concerned variables on entrepreneurship and human development.
The book offers a timely contribution to our understanding of major MDGs and highlights their successes and failures. It also includes analytical frameworks that are key to future policy initiatives. Further, it disseminates approaches and methods that improve livelihoods and standards of living through poverty reduction and promoting inclusive development along with sustainable utilization of available natural resources. Putting forward various ideas for creating a more sustainable future, it inspires and encourages readers to pursue further studies to address the gaps that still remain.


Inequality, Growth and Development Northeast India Poverty Agriculture Environmental Economics

Editors and affiliations

  • Utpal Kumar De
    • 1
  • Manoranjan Pal
    • 2
  • Premananda Bharati
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNorth-Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia
  2. 2.Economic Research UnitIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Biological Anthropology UnitIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia

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