Vaidehi Tandel is Senior Associate at IDFC Institute, Mumbai. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Mumbai. She has published co-authored papers in peer reviewed journals and has co-authored a chapter in an edited book on the Indian economy. Her research interests lie in the areas of new institutional economics, urban economics, urban and metropolitan governance, and political economy.
Moving towards better definitions of ‘urban’ in India
15 Sep 2016
According to the 2011 Census, 31% of the country is ‘urban’. Using definitions of urbanisation that are different from those used by the government, this column demonstrates that this figure may be an underestimate. It is important to recognise and fix the flaws in the current method of defining urban areas as it forms the basis for important policies such as eligibility for government schemes.
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