Economic Growth, Economic Performance and Welfare in South by Raghbendra Jha (eds.)

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Bangladesh is no exception. 14 present information on some socio-economic indicators of recent development in the Bangladesh economy. In terms of human development indices Bangladesh is almost at the bottom of the ladder. The incidence of human poverty index is quite high in Bangladesh and has changed only marginally in the late 1990s. There has been a higher decline of poverty in urban areas as compared to rural areas. 3 Source: World Bank (2000, pp. 134-37). 24 Economic Growth, Economic Performance and Welfare in South Asia appears to have benefited more from the development process than the rural sector as Tisdell and Alauddin (2003, p.

3 (based on the author's computations) reports on the proportion of the rural population in India that is nutritionally deprived. This assessment is based on the assumption that all persons are working (alternately) according to three work norms - sedentary, moderate and heavy. These three norms imply different minimum calorific requirements with the 'sedentary' norm being the lowest and the 'heavy' norm being the highest. Results are reported for three time periods - 1987-88, 1993-94 and 1999-2000 for the rural sector where almost 70 per cent of India's population (of 1,027,015,247 according to the 2001 census) resides.

Experiences with Reforms: A Review of Bangladesh's Peifornwnce in 1995, Centre for Policy Dialogue and University Press Ltd, Dhaka. Tisdell, C. and M. Alauddin (2003). 'Market-Oriented Reforms and Poverty in Bangladesh', in Trade Policy, Growth and Poverty in Asian Developing Countries, K. ), Routledge, London, pp. 189-201. UNDP (various issues). Hunwn Developnwnt Report, Oxford University Press, New York. World Bank (2000). World Developnwnt Indicators, Oxford University Press, New York. 1 Introduction The political economy of India's economic growth is an issue of abiding interest.

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