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Performance of Women and Child Development Sector in India

This article is a sector-level analysis and evaluation of schemes for women and child development in India. It also makes recommendations towards the end wherein it is said that a synergy between various ministries working for child and women protection is needed for their wholesome development and empowerment.

Three Decades of HDI

Tackling gender and income disparities will boost India’s human development record.

Gender Inequality in Well-being in India

This article proposes to measure functioning-based well-being, as proposed by Amartya Sen and others, for 28 states in India based on National Family Health Survey 3 (2005-06) data. Significant differences between states were found in terms of well-being and wealth indices. Overall, women were found to be far behind men in terms of well-being. The well-being of women was found to decline with age and when they were in larger families, unlike men. While upper-caste women were not found to be doing significantly better than Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe women, upper-caste men were better off. And the women in the northern mountainous regions were found to be doing better than women in the Indo-Gangetic plains. However, the well-being of both men and women was found to be significantly related to the wealth they possessed.

Development and Human Rights

Human Rights The Right to Development: Reflections on the First Four Reports of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development edited by Franciscans International, Geneva, January 2003.

Women's Work, Status and Fertility

Women's work plays a significant role in reducing gender inequality and is also seen to affect levels of fertility and child mortality. However, the relationship between female work participation status and autonomy and demographic indicators has not been clearly established. This paper attempts to bring out the conditions of women's work, status and their relationship with child mortality and fertility in a south Indian village. The aim is to explore the comprehensiveness of the term 'conditions of women's work' and how it reflects the entire milieu of a woman's situation.

Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad Conference

The recent annual conference of the Bengal Economic Association addressed key issues of economic governance and civil society, development of the social sector, role of public sector banks and the disparity in human development across India. While recent reform initiatives too formed a theme, the inability of economic thinking to attend to emerging ecological concerns also formed a conference theme.

Regional Inequality in India

We discuss the relationship of our initial paper [Singh, Bhandari, Chen and Khare 2003] to the work of Deaton and Dreze (2002).

Suitability of HDI for Assessing Health and Nutritional Status

This paper attempts to study the validity of the Human Development Index (HDI) which is used widely to measure health inequality and standard of living. It examines the behaviour of HDI with variations in demographic, socio-economic, health, dietary habits and nutritional status and studies the correlation of these indicators with HDI.
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