Himanshu, Himanshu and Stern, Nicholas (2011) India and an Indian village: 50 years of economic development in Palanpur. Working Paper, 43. Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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This work is based on a programme of work in Palanpur from 1974, based primarily at the LSE, and uses two previous studies from the Agricultural Economics Research Centre of the University in Delhi from 1957/8 and 1962/3. There are now six surveys of the village, one for every decade since Independence. The most recent covers 2008/9 and 2009/10 and is the most detailed and comprehensive: its collection was led by Himanshu of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The analysis of the new data is under way and will be carried out largely in Delhi and the LSE. We are very grateful to Jean Drèze, Ruth Kattumuri, Peter Lanjouw, and Naresh Sharma and all the Delhi team for guidance, advice and support. This paper is based in part on a “Distinguished Lecture” by Nicholas Stern at the University of Hyderabad on 25 October 2010. The work is supported by a grant from DFID to whom we are very grateful.
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