Small, Medium Town

Handbook of Urban Inequalities by Sandip Sarkar from Oxford University Press (India).

Nearly all urban data used for the purpose of economic analysis, urban policymaking, andinvestment decision-making are aggregated data. Urban systems, however, are heterogeneous and complex, which requires more nuanced responses. This handbook reprocesses NSS household-level schedules to develop disaggregated data sets for different size classes of urban centres. Comparing changes in the pre-reform and post-reform periods, the book analyses the inequalities between metros and non-metros with regard to consumption, poverty, employment, education levels, and services.

With detailed and meticulous data analysis covering the last 25 years, the book covers:
  • the importance of small and medium towns (SMTs) in urban development and urban poverty trends across major states in India
  • Head Count Ratio (HCR) and per capita monthly consumption expenditures for different size class of urban centres in 16 major states in India
  • employment patterns and unemployment levels across different size classes and disaggregated by sex
  • level of basic facilities in different size classes of urban centres pertaining to water supply, sanitation, and garbage collection
  • patterns of urban inequalities and their policy implicationsRs. 850, in hardcover, 248 pages, ISBN: 9780198081715