May 24, 2010, Kolkata, India

While growth has accelerated in India since the 1980s, the outcomes with respect to growth and poverty reduction has differed widely across Indian states. The differential paths of Indian states with respect to poverty reduction and economic growth since the reforms of the 1980s and 1990s seem to be related to some degree with the nature of state-business relations, by which is meant a set of highly institutionalised, responsive and public interactions between the state and the business sector.