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An overview of India’s Urbanization, Urban Economic Growth and Urban Equity

Tripathi, Sabyasachi (2013): An overview of India’s Urbanization, Urban Economic Growth and Urban Equity.

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Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to analyze the recent past trends and patterns of urbanization, urban economic growth, and urban equity measured by urban poverty and inequality in India. In addition, it reviews the different urban development policies and programmes which are undertaken in different Plan Periods in India. The analysis shows that higher rate of urbanization is associated with higher economic growth, lower level of poverty and higher extent of inequality in urban India. Finally, the study suggests that Indian government needs to speed up the urbanization rate as it contributes higher share of national GDP by reducing urban poverty and inequality.

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