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Gender, Caste and Growth Assessment: India

Project Status: Completed

Funded by:
Department for International Department


This research looked at how women and men and members of different caste groups interact with the economy; the ways that they benefit from growth or are excluded and how the impact changes when gender and caste intersect. The research asked: What are the barriers to shared economic growth? To what extent and in which direction do the policies and practice of different institutions influence growth? What changes to informal and formal institutions are required in order to improve both economic efficiency and increase well-being of people in all social groupings? Following a review of the existing literature and statistical analysis, field work was conducted in the states of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh to gain a deeper insight into the interactions between formal and informal institutions on the ground.

DEV Key Contact:

Nitya Rao


Selected Output:

Rao, N. ‘Is the New India Bypassing Women? Gendered Implications of India’s Growth’, in D’Costa, A.P., (ed.) ‘A New India? Critical Reflections in the Long Twenieth Century’, Anthem, UK: 99-126


Gender Caste and growth Assessment – India (3 Volumes), April 2008, Report to DFID

Volume 1 – Gender Caste and Growth Assessment India

Volume 2 – Uttar Pradesh Sub National Study

Volume 3 – West Bengal Sub National Study