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Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics

1st Edition

Edited by Raghbendra Jha


328 pages | 80 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics addresses the recent economic transformation in South Asia. Leading experts in the field look at the major economic achievements and challenges for the region and examine why economic development across the South Asia region has diverged so significantly since the early 1990s.

Providing a cutting-edge review of the economies of South Asia, the Handbook analyzes key growth areas as well as key structural weaknesses and policy challenges facing these economies. Furthermore, it anticipates trends and suggests corrective measures for the South Asian economic region. Sections focus on issues of human development, such as inequality, poverty and quality of schooling, and monetary and fiscal issues, particularly in light of the ongoing global financial crisis. Further sections discuss issues relating to employment and infrastructure, and on the experience of the region with international trade and financial flows, and environmental challenges.

Written by renowned and respected experts on South Asian economics, this Handbook will be an invaluable reference work for students and academics as well as policy makers interested in South Asian Studies, Economics and Development Studies.


"The handbook includes some excellent chapters… [This handbook] is a useful, thematically organised complement to the country by country approach." - Marie-Aimée Tourres; Contemporary South Asia, 21:1, 78-79 (2013)

Table of Contents

1. Overview of the South Asian Economy and the Volume Raghbendra Jha Part 1: Economic Growth 2. India’s Growth in a Long Run Perspective Bishnupriya Gupta 3. Five Centuries of Economic Growth in India: The Institutions Perspective Sambit Bhattacharyya 4. India’s Two Track Economy: An Exploration into the Dualism

of India’s Complex Economic Structure Rimjhim M. Aggarwal Part 2: Human Development Issues 5. Economic Inequality in South Asia Takashi Kurosaki 6. The Importance of Education and Literacy Skills: Perspectives from Labour Market and Health in South Asia Urvashi Dhawan Biswal and Bagala Biswal 7. Improving Schooling Quality as a Human Development Strategy in India: Challenges and Prospects Anil B. Deolalikar 8. Natural Disasters in South Asia Raghav Gaiha, Kenneth Hill and Ganesh Thapa Part 3: Monetary and Fiscal Policy Issues 9. Monetary Policy Framework in India: Past, Present, and Future Takeshi Inoue and Shigeyuki Hamori 10. Exchange Rate Regimes and Macroeconomic Performance in South Asia Ashima Goyal 11. South Asia and the Global Financial Crisis: Impact and Monetary Policy Responses Rabin Hattari, Mohammad Shahidul Islam and Ramkishen S. Rajan 12. Fiscal Policies and Challenges in South Asia Raghbendra Jha Part 4: Sectoral Issues 13. Infrastructure Issues in South Asia Sanjay Kumar Singh 14. Prospects of Non-Farm Employment and Welfare in Rural Areas Simrit Kaur, Vani S. Kulkarni, Raghav Gaiha and Manoj K. Pandey Part 5: International Trade and Financial Flows 15. Trade Policies in South Asia Garry Pursell 16. Foreign Capital Flows and Development: Lessons from South Asian Experiences Nagesh Kumar 17. Trade, Growth and Poverty in South Asia Keshab Bhattarai 18. Impact of South Asia on Global Institutions: Economic and Social Perspectives Shandre M. Thangavelu and Sanja S. Pattnayak Part 6: Environmental Issues 19. State of Environment in South Asia K.V. Bhanu Murthy 20. Climate Change Mitigation Strategies in South Asia Vijay P. Ojha

About the Editor

Raghbendra Jha is the Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor of Economics and Executive Director, Australia South Asia Research Centre at the Australian National University. His current research interests are in public economics, macroeconomics and development economics, and he has published extensively in these areas. 

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Macroeconomics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies