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Economic Challenges to Make South Asia Free from Poverty and Deprivation   
Economic Challenges to Make South Asia Free from Poverty and Deprivation
Meeta Kumar, Mihir Pandey (EDS.)
Hard-bound Book (6¼" x 9¼") :   Pages : 302
2010  Edition   :  ISBN - 978-81-7188-814-6
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ABOUT THE BOOK :

The South Asia Economics Students' Meet is a unique platform created in 2003-04 to give young undergraduate students of Economics an opportunity to interact academically and discuss important contemporary economic issues pertaining to South Asia. The papers in this volume were presented at the 5th Meet, held in Delhi in March 2008, on the theme “Economic Challenges to Make South Asia Free from Poverty and Deprivation.”

The papers are divided into four sub-themes.
Section 1: Accelerating Rural Growth and Empowering the Rural Poor
Section 2: Investing in the Social Sector
Section 3: Improving the Quality of Physical Infrastructure
Section 4: Accountability, Institutions and Economic Growth

This collection of papers is special in several ways. It is topical; it not only reiterates the capabilities of the young contributors, it also reflects the quality of teaching and academics on the sub-continent. The youth of the contributors is well compensated by their intellectual maturity. This volume is the repository of the hope and effort that we have invested in our students, and in our future. It will give the reader some idea of the capabilities of our ‘future economists'.


ABOUT THE EDITOR:

 

Meeta Kumar has taught Economics at various colleges of the University of Delhi since 1990; since 1995, she has taught at Miranda House. She has also been visiting faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (during the summer of 2006). She specialises in teaching the economic history of colonial India and development economics. She has been very actively involved with the organisation of several national and international debates, seminars and conferences for students, with a view to introducing inter-disciplinary perspectives in teaching and promoting intercultural interactions.

Mihir Pandey is Associate Professor of Economics at Ramjas College, University of Delhi where he has taught for 25 years. He received his B.A. and M.A. in economics from University of Delhi and a PhD in economics from Rutgers University. His research has been primarily in the area of international economics, focusing on India's trade policy. He has also worked on environmental issues in India.

   

CONTENTS IN DETAIL :

 

List of Tables and Figures

About the Editors/Contributors

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

I
Accelerating Rural Growth and Empowering the Rural Poor

1. Government Interventions in the Agriculture Sector of Pakistan: An Analysis and Suggestions — Syeda ShahBano Ijaz

2. Development of the Rural Non-Farm Sector in India
Asmita Ganguly

3. The Efficiency of the Samurdhi Programme in Accelerating Rural Growth in Sri Lanka — Shazana Ismail and Jithmal Samankantha

4. Evaluating the Poverty-Gender Nexus: A Review on Bangladesh
Fahim Hassan

II
Investing in the Social Sector

5. A Quiet Revolution: The Need to Invest in the Education Sector in India
— Rishi Chakravarti

6. The Impact of Education Expenditure on Economic Growth of Bangladesh: An Error Correction and Causality Approach — Mezbah Uddin

7. Investment in the Social Sectors: Necessities and Outcomes— In the Context of SAARC and Nepal — Nabaraj Gautam

8. Non-Communicable Diseases and the Urban Poor: The Role of the Private Sector — Dulanii Liyanahetti and M.S. Shanaz Banu

9. Role of Social Sector in Efforts to Eradicate Poverty
Abdul Rafeh Iqbal

III
Improving the Quality of Physical Infrastructure

10. Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Poor in Bangladesh
Mahjuja M. Taznin

11. Infrastructural Constraints on Agricultural Productivity
Saher Asad

12. The Case of Traffic Congestion in Mumbai
Manka Bajaj

13. Improving the Quality of Transport Infrastructure: The Case of Sri Lankan Railways—Challenges, Opportunities and Suggestions
Pramodha Samarasinghe and Niranjani Kailayanathan

IV
Accountability, Institutions and Economic Growth

14. Do Institutions Matter for Economic Growth? Cross-Country Experiences and Implications for Bangladesh
— Sangeeta Nath

15. Development Due to Democracy: A Myth or Reality?
— Sameen Siddiqi

16. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution and Its Impact on Sri Lanka’s Economic Growth — Shanuka Senerath and Ranmini Vithanagama

17. Corruption: An Analysis of the Food Security Policies of India
Nayantara Sarma and Sanya Garg

18. Privatisation of Banks in Pakistan: A Detailed Analysis
Amna Khan

 

   

CONTRIBUTORS:

Saher Asad, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Manka Bajaj, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India.

M.S. Shanaz Banu, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Rishi Chakravarti, Jadavpur University, India.

Asmita Ganguly, Jadavpur University, India.

Sanya Garg, Delhi University, India.

Nabaraj Gautam, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Fahim Hassan, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Syeda ShahBano Ijaz, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Abdul Rafeh Iqbal, Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan.

Shazana Ismail, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Niranjani Kailayanathan, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Amna Khan, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Dulanii Liyanahetti, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sangeeta Nath, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jithmal Samankantha, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Pramodha Samarasinghe, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Shanuka Senerath, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Nayantara Sarma, Delhi University, India.

Sameen Siddiqi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Mahjuja M. Taznin, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Mezbah Uddin, Bachelor of Business Administration (Economics & Finance), North South University, Bangladesh.

Ranmini Vithanagama, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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