Social and Economic Impact of SEZs in India provides a comprehensive analysis of the Special Economic Zone programme in India since its inception in 1965. It presents quantitative evidence of the performance of SEZs in India; investigates their actual and potential role in diversifying the structure of the Indian economy and expanding economic and social development opportunities; and assesses the challenges associated with them (labour rights, human capital, environment, budgetary deficits, inequities, and most importantly land acquisition). It also explores the origin and changing role and configuration of SEZs from a global perspective; traces the evolution of SEZ programmes in selected developing countries around the world; and summarizes the theoretical arguments pertaining to the development dimensions of SEZs. The analysis is based on detailed field surveys and interviews conducted during 2004-2009, secondary data sources and an extensive review of the literature. An important contribution of the study is that it challenges the traditional view that SEZs are a second-best policy choice aimed at promoting trade and foreign direct investment. It argues that SEZs have tremendous development potential if they are strategically designed and implemented to promote industrial clusters and agglomeration economies. Designed for policymakers, academics and researchers, the book offers a rich mosaic of data, analysis, and policy recommendations.
Date: 9 May, 2012
Time: 04:00 P.M.
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
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