Why Growth Matters
How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries
Publication Date: April 2013
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Bhagwati and Panagariya argue forcefully that only one strategy will help the poor to any significant effect: economic growth, led by markets overseen and encouraged by liberal state policies. Their radical message has huge consequences for economists, development NGOs and anti-poverty campaigners worldwide. There are vital lessons here not only for Southeast Asia, but for Africa, Eastern Europe, and anyone who cares that the effort to eradicate poverty is more than just good intentions. If you want it to work, you need growth. With all that implies.
Arvind Panagariya is Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy and Professor of Economics in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. A leading authority on the economy of India, he has been the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and has also
worked for the World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD.