- India’s urban challenge
- Eurasian Geography and Economics
- Volume | Issue number
- 53 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
In the past decade, India's development has featured rapid economic growth and unprecedented urbanization. Using preliminary results from the 2011 Census and recent macro-economic data, the paper by a noted EU-based specialist analyzes the relationship between urbanization and economic development in India. While urbanization is very substantial in absolute terms, the rate of growth is low. Labor-intensive industrialization, too, is slow and urbanization seems to derive primarily from natural increase and poverty-driven migration from rural areas. India's major economic advances seem relatively isolated from the rest of the economy and this is reflected in the persistent dual and hybrid nature of the country's cities, the sustainability of which remains in question.
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