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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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The Village through Seven Decades*

(p.48) 2 Palanpur
How Lives Change


Peter Lanjouw

Nicholas Stern

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the stage for the detailed discussion of economic development in Palanpur in subsequent chapters by offering a broad, largely but not exclusively quantitative, description of the village and its story of change during the period between 1957/8 and 2015. It draws on previously published materials, newly collected household survey data, secondary data, and qualitative information from notes, annotations, and diaries, to describe how Palanpur has evolved from a very poor, fairly closed, farming community with a rather rigid social structure, to a significantly less poor village with a diversified portfolio of economic activities and extensive links to the outside world. The chapter describes the evolution of income distribution in Palanpur, as well as of human development outcomes. The impact of polices and the role of institutions and politics in governing the changes in the village’s economy and society are examined.

Keywords:   Palanpur, economic development, human development, village society, institutions, income distribution

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