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

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The Role of Socio-economic Status in Shaping Macroeconomic Beliefs of Indian Households

Using a household-level panel data set on Indian households, it is shown that households’ macroeconomic beliefs—their expectations regarding country-level macroeconomic developments—depend on their socio-economic status. Households with higher income and with more educated members are more optimistic not only with respect to the overall future business conditions of the economy but also with respect to their future family finances. In addition to socio-economic status, the rural–urban divide also plays an important role in shaping Indian households’ macroeconomic expectations.

Dichotomy or Continuum

Spatial dimension of development continues to be a neglected area in economic analysis. As a consequence, the traditional models of development fail to explain the growing imbalance in space as also the widening gaps in levels of socio-economic development between the city and its periphery. The objective of the present paper is to analyse if indeed the distance of a village from the nearest town has a systematic impact on its socio-economic characteristics.The distributional pattern of the indicators of economic well-being, health, education, etc, shows that their values do not necessarily decline along smooth gradients, as we move from the city/town to its periphery.

Gender Differentials in Adult Mortality

Even as the debate continues on the magnitudes of female foeticide and infanticide, it is necessary to note that the marginal improvements in the sex ratio recorded towards the end of the last century are the outcome of a narrowing gap in gender differentials in adult mortality. This paper looks at the trends and variations in this gap.

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