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Whither India s Environment

Whither India's Environment? J Mohan Rao Orthodox economics has traditionally focused on the efficiency of resource allocation and avoided discomfiting questions concerning both the social equity of economic outcomes and their ecological entailments. This paper elaborates the nexus among economy, ecology and equity, using India as a case study. Key areas of the environment are surveyed and lines of causality between various economic factors and environmental degradation are analysed. In a companion paper, to appear later, alternative economic policies, directed at the fulfilment of basic needs and environmental protection, are explored.

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