Inequality and Well-Being

  • Vani Kant Borooah


This chapter investigates a neglected area in the study of human development relating differences in human development between social groups in a country. Failure to take account of such inter-group inequalities might lead one to exaggerate a country’s developmental achievements. Conversely, one would get a more accurate picture of a country’s achievements with respect to human development only after one had taken cognisance of the fact that the fruits of development were unequally distributed between its various communities. There is a further issue. Not only are developmental fruits unequally distributed between groups, but these fruits may be unequally distributed within the groups. This chapter uses the methodology of “equity-adjusted achievement” to compute human development indices and “extended” human development indices for a number of social groups in India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied EconomicsUniversity of UlsterBelfastUK

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