China and India

Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

in Hunger and Public Action

Published in print January 1991 | ISBN: 9780198283652
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596193 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 China and India

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Taking advantage of the similarities between China and India when they began their development planning, an assessment is made of their achievements and how eventually China had greater success than India in fighting endemic deprivation. The Chinese experience is seen as a success story of support‐led security solving the problem of chronic hunger. This is contrasted with the unsuccessful experience with the Chinese famine. The last part focuses on Kerala, which, although one of the poorer states in India, has managed to achieve high levels of life expectancy.

Keywords: China; Chinese famine; India; Kerala; persistent undernutrition; public support; support‐led security

Chapter.  11490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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