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Economic Growth, Trade and Poverty: A Comparative Analysis of India and China

By Elumalai Kannan, R.S. Deshpande, Guo Xiaoming and Yue Zhaomin

India and China historically share similar developmental issues with differential policy strategies. The last two decades have seen significant activities and resultant growth in these giant economies of Asia. The trade sector of these giants surged remarkably during the recent years. Trade openness played an important role in boosting the economic growth. However, rising inequality and higher level of poverty have been major issues haunting their policy.

The papers in this volume, contributed by experts from the two countries, focus on issues related to trade performance, special economic zones, food security, economic reforms and poverty reduction, demographic dividend and finance. The institutional problems that affect sustained economic growth and the concerns about sharing of growth benefits with the weaker sections of the society are discussed. The papers contribute to the literature on comparative analysis of India and China and will stimulate further research in this field.

This volume, encompassing a wide range of important bilateral issues, will be highly useful to the students, academicians and policy planners.

Elumalai Kannan is working as Associate Professor at the Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. His research interests include agricultural economics, international trade and institutional economics. He has published several research articles in reputed journals.

R.S. Deshpande was the Former Director of Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He is currently the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) National Fellow at the Institute. His research interests include among others, agricultural development policy, international trade in agriculture, watershed development and irrigation, and agricultural production and resource economics. He has published several research articles and books. His recent co-authored books include Development Windows: Essays in Honor of Professor V.M. Rao and Social Science Research in India: Institutions and Structure.

Guo Xiaoming is Professor and Vice President of Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Chengdu, China. He is an expert on agricultural economics.

Yue Zhaomin is Associate Professor at the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, Chengdu, China. Her research interests include rural development, migration and urban studies.

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