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Handbook On The South Asian Economies

Edited by Anis Chowdhury, formerly Professor of Economics, School of Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney, Australia and Managing Editor, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy and Wahiduddin Mahmud, Professor of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
This Handbook on the South Asian Economies (a companion to the Handbook on the Northeast and Southeast Asian Economies) is a comprehensive and unique collection of original studies on the economic and social development of countries in South Asia. The analytical narratives draw upon a wide range of extant literature in an easily accessible way, whilst highlighting the impact of socio-political factors on economic outcomes. The introductory chapter by the editors provides a comprehensive survey of the main features of South Asian economic development, especially in respect of the policy reforms since the late 1970s.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84376 988 0
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This Handbook on the South Asian Economies (a companion to the Handbook on the Northeast and Southeast Asian Economies) is a comprehensive and unique collection of original studies on the economic and social development of countries in South Asia. The analytical narratives draw upon a wide range of extant literature in an easily accessible way, whilst highlighting the impact of socio-political factors on economic outcomes. The introductory chapter by the editors provides a comprehensive survey of the main features of South Asian economic development, especially in respect of the policy reforms since the late 1970s. The Handbook seeks to understand the varying degrees of achievements in economic transformation and social development in various parts of South Asia, and ponders whether these experiences indicate alternative pathways of socio-economic progress or provide a unique framework for a South Asian development model. The experiences of economic reforms across the South Asian countries, with their distinctive socio-economic settings and public cultures, may thus provide fresh perspectives on the emerging development paradigms. The Handbook is indeed based on the premise that development economics and South Asia have a lot to learn from each other.

As with the Handbook on the Northeast and Southeast Asian Economies, this latest Handbook will be an invaluable reference work for many years to come for researchers, academics and students of Asian studies and economics. Policymakers interested in learning more about the background and future opportunities and challenges posed by these economies will also find much to engage them.
‘With its higher economic growth in recent years South Asia is becoming an increasingly important region in the global economy. This volume provides a very useful introduction to the economics of the region and will be of considerable interest to both students and researchers.’
– John Weiss, University of Bradford, UK

‘The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for this comprehensive and original survey of the enormously important and diverse South Asian economies.’
– Hal Hill, Australian National University

‘The Handbook on the South Asian Economies edited by Wahiduddin Mahmud and Anis Chowdhry is a collection of essays on political economy of development of all seven South Asian countries. It is also one of only a few books available in the market covering all economies of South Asia. Hence, it fills a gap in the literature on South Asian Development. One very important aspect of the book is a clear recognition by the editors that South Asia’s development will have to be studied and analysed within the context of its socio-political institutions and hence not by relying solely on its economic policy regimes. I recommend this book to scholars of all disciplines.’
– Kartik Roy, University of Queensland, Australia
Contributors: B. Bajracharya, A. Chowdhury, M. Chowdhury, S.M. Dev, P. Hasan, S. Kelegama, W. Mahmud, S.R. Osmani, S. Tenzing, T. Wangyal
Contents:

Preface

Introduction: South Asian Economic Development: Impressive Achievements but Continuing Challenges
Wahiduddin Mahmud and Anis Chowdhury

1. India
S. Mahendra Dev

2. Pakistan
Parvez Hasan

3. Bangladesh
Wahiduddin Mahmud

4. Sri Lanka
Saman Kelegama

5. Nepal
S.R. Osmani and B.B. Bajracharya

6. Bhutan
S.R. Osmani, S. Tenzing and T. Wangyal

7. The Maldives
Mamta Chowdhury

Index