ISBN : 9780190130053
This volume is a testament to the breadth and policy relevance of development economics today. It grapples with questions on how to design anti-poverty policies and under what conditions we can expect them to be successful. It concentrates on programmes and policies for India and covers international experience with cash transfer programmes. The work in this area applies core theoretical insights to policy discussions surrounding poverty measurement, income inequality, rural unemployment, and compares alternative growth strategies in terms of their impact on poverty and inequality. The book closes with chapters that trespass the boundaries of economics and enter the territory of politics, to engage urgent concerns of the day that are the basis of much dispute and debate. The essays are collected under three broad themes-anti-poverty policies; land, labour, and financial markets; and political economy.
Part A: Anti-Poverty Policies
1. Anti-Poverty Programs in India: Past, Present, and Future
2. Is a Decentralized Right-to-Work Policy Feasible?
3. When Are Cash Transfers Transformative?
4. Improving Health Care Delivery in India
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
5. The India Fund
Parikshit Ghosh and Debraj Ray
Part B: Labour, Land, and Financial Markets
6. A Note on Evaluating Growth Processes
7. Employer Power, Labour Saving Technical Change, and Inequality
Nancy H. Chau and Ravi Kanbur
8. Property Rights and Productivity of Resource Allocation in Developing Countries
9. Financial Inclusion: Concepts, Issues, and Policies for India
Part C: Political Regimes and Economic Development
10. Aggregation, Ideology, and the Social Ordering of Caste
11. Enlightened Autocrats: Lessons from Bold Experiments in the Lands of Islam
12. China's Belt and Road Initiative: Hopes and Bumps along the Road
About the Editors and Contributors