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Kerala’s Economic Development

Kerala’s Economic Development
Emerging Issues and Challenges

First Edition
Edited by:
  • B. A. Prakash - Former Professor and Head, Department of Economics, University of Kerala, and Chairman of 5th State Finance Commission, Kerala
  • Jerry Alwin - Assistant Professor of Economics, PG and Research Department of Economics, Sree Narayana College, Thiruvananthapuram

September 2018 | 428 pages | SAGE India
Focusing on current economic problems, Kerala's Economic Development: Emerging Issues and Challenges provides an in-depth analysis of the major development issues and challenges faced by the state. Kerala’s development experience has attracted worldwide attention due to its paradoxical development: attaining higher quality of life of people on the one hand and continuation of the backward productive sectors on the other. The state’s economy remained backward in many respects and relied heavily on the remittance of Keralite emigrants. The implementation of liberalisation and globalisation policies since 1991 radically altered the growth process and Kerala achieved higher rates of investment and growth and greater technological change. These policies, however, have not only provided enormous opportunities, but also new challenges. This book examines the state’s economic growth as well as the issues that have accompanied the policy changes.
Part I. Introduction
B. A. Prakash and Jerry Alwin
Introduction and Overview
B. A. Prakash
Economic Liberalisation and Economic Growth in Kerala
Part II. Demography, Employment and Migration
S. Irudaya Rajan and S. Sunitha
Demographic Change in Kerala
M. P. Abraham and A. S. Shibu
Employment and Unemployment in Kerala
B. A. Prakash
Emigration of Keralite Workers to West Asia: Trends, Patterns and Economic Impacts
V. Prakash
Interstate Migration of Workers: A Study of Migration of Casual Workers to Kerala
Part III. Agriculture
K. P. Mani
Performance of Agriculture in Kerala
K. J. Joseph and Brigit Joseph
Lagging Sector in a Leading Economy: Case of Plantation Agriculture in Kerala
P. Aravindh and S. Harikumar
Agrarian Change and Marginalisation of Agricultural Households: The Case of Kerala
Part IV. Industry and Infrastructure
Tomy Joseph
Emerging Trends in the Information Technology Services Sector in Kerala
N. Vijayamohanan Pillai
Development of Power Sector in Kerala
Arun Shyamnath
Development of Transport Sector in Kerala
Part V. Tourism and Banking
Rony Thomas Rajan and Shijo Philip
Tourism Development in Kerala: Issues, Problems and Prospects
Jerry Alwin
Development of Banking in Kerala
Part VI. Education and Health
A. Abdul Salim
Higher Education for Kerala’s Development: A Focus on Expansion and Equity
K. Gangadharan
Healthcare Development in Kerala: Current Status and Emerging Issues
Part VII. State Finance and Planning
B. A. Prakash and Jerry Alwin
Kerala’s Acute Fiscal Crisis: An Analysis of Causes
Jose Sebastian
India’s Goods and Services Tax: An Overview
Jerry Alwin
Eleventh Five Year Plan: An Analysis of Plan Performance
B. A. Prakash
Decentralised Planning: A Study of Plan Performance of Grama Panchayats in Kerala

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B. A. Prakash

B. A. Prakash is a former Professor and Head, Department of Economics, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram. Earlier, he was a professor in the Department of Economics, University of Calicut, Kerala, where he had been teaching since 1976. After retirement from the University, he was appointed as chairman of Kerala Public Expenditure Review Committee for three years by the Government of Kerala. Professor Prakash has been conducting research on different topics relating to Kerala’s economic development during the last four decades and published a number of papers in leading journals, research reports and monographs. One... More About Author

Jerry Alwin

Jerry Alwin is Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Sree Narayana College, Sivagiri, Varkala, Kerala. He got his PhD in economics from the University of Kerala in 2012. He has published papers in journals, and a book titled Recent Trends in Kerala State Finances (2014). He was also a member of Kerala State Planning Board Working Group on Non-banking Financial Institutions (2015). More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352807659