ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Let Them Eat Books!

The new Government of India would do well to imitate the us public library system and allocate more funding for public libraries.

Demographic Dividend Revisited: The Mismatch between Age and Economic Activity-Based Dependency Ratios

This paper dramatises some of the problems with the idea behind the demographic dividend by comparing theoretical dependency ratios (derived from population age distributions) with actual dependency ratios (based on work participation rates) in India. It finds that once one looks at actual dependency - the ratio of non-workers to workers - not only is this still very high, it has probably worsened in recent times. Moreover, it might worsen further if we achieve the highly desirable goal of eliminating child labour and the ultimately justifiable goal of reducing old-age labour, unless there is a major rise in working age labour force participation and/or productivity.

Are Millennium Development Goals Relevant for Academic Research?

Social science research agendas and the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals are becoming intertwined. But it is debatable if these goals are relevant for research in the social sciences?

Womens Roles and Gender Gap in Health and Survival

in Health and Survival Alaka Malwade Basu This paper examines some of the ways in which women's roles lead to gender differences in health and survival It distinguishes between two kinds of discriminatory effects when the female is at a disadvantage

Family Planning Numbers Game Goes On

Alaka Malwade Basu After a period of relative calm, in recent months there has been a spurt of official pronouncements on the population problem in India and the ways in which it is being sought to be solved

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