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The Poverty of Nations

By: AM Khusro

200 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Aug 1999 | #119625 | ISBN: 0333750616
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This is a demonstration that poverty remains a universal phenomenon, even as most parts of the world see increase in affluence of varying degrees. Cutting across the globe, the study focuses on 24 countries including the industrialised economies, planned economies, developing market economies, mixed economies and the least developed economies. Professor Khusro examines the causes of poverty and of development, the impact of colonialism and the industrial revolution and policies for reducing global poverty today. Theoretical questions of measuring poverty are allied to historical and contemporary analysis.


Preface - Executive Summary - PART I: NATURE OF POVERTY - Introduction - Persistence of Poverty and Early Attempts to Eradicate It - Advent of the Market Economy and Its Impact on Poverty - Alternative Definitions and Measurement of Poverty - PART II: MEASUREMENTS OF POVERTY - Some Macro Indicators of Poverty - Absolute and Proportionate Poverty - Sectoral Poverty - Literacy, Education and Health - Human Deprivation and Distress - Levels of Human Development - International Differences in Poverty Levels - Poverty in Highly Developed Market Economies - Poverty in India - PART III: SOME SOLUTIONS FOR POVERTY REMOVAL - Recession in the Asian Economies Negatively Impacting the Poverty Situation - What Obstructs and What Facilitates Poverty Removal? - Strategies for Poverty Reduction in Different Regimes - Package of Policies for Poverty Elimination - Bibliography - Index

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A. M. KHUSRO is currently Chairman of the Finance Commission, Government of India; Chairman of the Institute of Economic Growth and of the Aga Khan Foundation (India). He is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Delhi and has had a distinguished career in academia and public service. He was Ambassador of India in Germany (1980-1982) and has represented the Prime Minister of India abroad at the Conference of the Club of Rome (1978), at UNCTAD II (1968) and on numerous other occasions. He was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit by the German government. He has served as Vice Chancellor and Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. He has been Visiting Professor at the Fletcher Universities of London, Leeds, Manchester, Sussex and MIT. He has been President of the Indian Economic Association, a Director of Air India and editor of the Financial Express. He has written many books and articles.

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