A research paper written by two project members, Aradhna Aggarwal (CBS) and Ari Kokko (CBS), with the title "SEZs and poverty reduction: evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India" has been accepted for publication at the International Journal of Emerging Markets.
The study evaluates the impact of SEZs on poverty, both rural and urban with special reference to Andhra Pradesh in India, using household consumption expenditure data. It finds that the establishment of SEZs constituted a major shock to rural economies by creating demand for large chunks of land, which had an immediate impact on the economic and social settings of these economies and aggravated rural poverty. However, over time these poverty aggravating effects dampened.
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