- India and the World Economy, 1757–1947
- Battles Half Won: Political Economy of India's Growth and Economic Policy Since Independence
- Estimating Rural Poverty: Distributional Outcomes, Evaluations, and Policy Responses
- Microfinance: The Shg-Linkage Program
- Microinsurance: A Case Study of the Indian Rainfall Index Insurance Market
- Caste and Upward Mobility
- Performance of Indian Manufacturing in the Postreform Period
- Informal Sector and the Developing World: Relating Theory and Evidence to India
- Structural Transformation and Jobless Growth in the Indian Economy
- Development, Displacement, and Food Security: Land Acquisition in India
- Reforming Primary and Secondary Schooling
- Higher Education Reforms in India
- Health and Health Care Policy in India: The Case for Quality of Care
- Population Dynamics in India and Implications for Economic Growth
- The Dynamics and Status of India's Economic Reforms
- Political Economy of Infrastructure Spending in India
- Aspects of Bureaucratic Corruption
- Distributive Conflicts and Indian Economic Policy: Some Notes On Political Economy
- Economic Growth and Ecological Sustainability in India
- Fiscal Rules in India: are they Effective?
- Financial Frictions and Monetary Policy Transmission in India
- Monetary Policy, Capital Flows, and the Exchange Rate
- India's Trade and Exchange-Rate Policies: Understanding the Bop Crisis and the Reforms Thereafter
- Domestic Financial Sector Reforms
- The Convergence Debate and Econometric Approaches: Evidence from India
- The Globalization Debate and India
- India at the WTO: From Uruguay to Doha and Beyond
- An Estimated DSGE Model of the Indian Economy
- Development Patterns in China and India: Perspective with A Ces Production Function
- What More do we want to know about the Indian Economy?
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses political economy issues that arise from distributive conflicts and that govern economic policy in India. The article notes that contrary to popular perception, India may be one of the most unequal societies in the world when land and education inequality are so considered. Further, because the Gini coefficient in India is based on consumption expenditure, it tends to understate inequality because the rich tend to save more than the poor. The article then asks whether inequality matters for economic growth and argues that it clearly does, implying that equity and efficiency often go together, contrary to the opposite presumption of much of mainstream economics. The article essentially gives a qualitative and broad account of the different types of distributive conflicts that have become prominent in the process of economic development in India and how their influence will shape the nature of problems that afflict economic policy making and implementation.
Pranab Bardhan (University of California-Berkeley)
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