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Shedding Light on Regional Growth and Convergence in India

Areendam Chanda and Sujana Kabiraj

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: One of the well documented facts about India's rapid growth since 1991 has been the accompanying unequal sub-national experiences. In this paper, using unsaturated night-light data for 1996-2010, we investigate patterns of growth at the district level. We find evidence of absolute convergence. Disaggregating along rural and urban dimensions, we also show that this is mainly due to faster growth in rural areas. Further, districts that have grown faster are ones that are geographically disadvantaged - further away from the coast, with lower agricultural suitability of land, and more rugged terrains. The convergence results are also robust to a few of the major policy initiatives that overlapped during this time.

Keywords: Convergence; Regional Growth; India; Rural-Urban; Night Lights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O4 O40 O47 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-05-15, Revised 2018-12-15
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-geo and nep-ure
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