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By Peter Lanjouw, Nicholas Stern

This booklet offers an account of monetary improvement in Palanpur, a village in rural North India, in line with 5 targeted surveys of the village over the interval 1957 to 1993. The authors tie within the heritage problems with the evolution of poverty and inequality and mobility over the years with causal components equivalent to technological development, demographic and sectoral adjustments, the operation of markets, and the function of public motion.

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As will be seen on several occasions in this book, caste often exercises a strong influence on economic behaviour and outcomes, independently of other standard household variables such as occupation, ownership, education, and demographic composition. This section discusses the caste composition of the Palanpur population, with particular attention to features that are relevant to our subsequent work. 44 Thakurs retain an obvious nostalgia for their supposed martial vocation, and quite a few of them have been able to find employment in the army and the police, or as night watchmen and security guards.

From another formula, Om Prakash predicted that another book would be written on Palanpur. Om Prakash did not reveal how long it would take for his prophecy to come true, and this was wise on his part, since that revelation might have defeated the prophecy itself. As it turned out, it took us (and the other contributors to this book) about ten years to chew up the material collected in Palanpur in 1983–4. By that time, we felt that the book needed to be updated, and so we returned to Palanpur in 1993 for an in-depth resurvey.

CT = cultivation; CL = casual labour; SE = self-employment; RJ = regular job. In brackets, migration-adjusted population growth rates (see chapter 3 for details). In brackets, land cultivated per capita (bighas). Muslims. Scheduled caste. Note: The arrangement of castes in this table follows Bliss and Stern (1982). The term ‘regular job’ refers to wage employment with monthly salary and some security of employment. 30 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PALANPUR OVER FIVE DECADES productive assets, the standard of living of Palanpur Muslims is very low.

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