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How Lives ChangePalanpur, India, and Development Economics$
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Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, and Nicholas Stern

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806509.001.0001

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Human Development

Human Development

Education, Health, Public Services*

(p.349) 9 Human Development
How Lives Change


Peter Lanjouw

Nicholas Stern

Oxford University Press

This chapter documents that in Palanpur advances in human development have been slower than might have been expected on the basis of observed growth in incomes. Although there have been some improvements in human development indicators, particularly since the mid-1980s, the rate of improvement has been slower than in the rest of Uttar Pradesh and the rest of India. Improvements in literacy rates lag behind achievements recorded elsewhere, as do improvements in health and nutritional outcomes. Public services function poorly and in some respects are showing a decline. Inequities on the basis of income, caste, and gender are strong. With public services generally failing, there is an increased dependence on the private sector, but access is governed by ability to pay. A striking finding is that despite myriad reasons for concern there appears to be little protest within the village against the poor quality and availability of services.

Keywords:   literacy, health, public services, human development, inequity, nutritional outcomesiai

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