What are some of the differences between the population policies of China and India?
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Select any two of the following 4 questions and post your brief but concise answers here.
1. What are some of the differences between the population policies of China and India? What factors may have contributed to their success or failure?
Hints: Efforts in India, a functioning democracy (despite the authoritarian tendencies of Mrs. Gandhi in the 1970s), have meant that population control have come up against resistance. On the other hand, China’s ability (inherent in its political system) to enforce birth control policies has meant it has been more successful. Ref: Todaro and Smith Text Ch. 6 and related articles
India’s population is expected to overtake that of China within the next decade. What differences between these two nations could have contributed to this outcome?
Hints: Similar to Q #3, but different approach. Ref Todaro and Smith textbook Ch. 6 and related articles
3. What positive and negative effects does their leaving have on those who remain? Explain what is meant by urban bias. What are the major effects of urban bias?
Hints: Younger, better educated, and probably less risk-averse, given their willingness to migrate. These factors suggest they could be more entrepreneurial than average had they not migrated, which would benefit the rural area and help alleviate the urbanization problem.
What are the characteristics of those who migrate to urban areas?
Developing country policies that favor the urban sector with a disproportionate share of investments in infrastructure, factories, buildings, and education. This creates a widening gap in incomes and amenities between urban and rural economies and induces rural–urban migration. Ref. Todaro and Smith Textbook Ch. 7 and related articles
4. Discuss the importance of rural–urban migration as a source of urban population growth in various parts of the developing world, being as specific as you can. How did this migration process work for the rapid growth in China as compared to other comparable densely populated developing countries?
Hints: In Ch. 7 of Todaro and Smith book for the first part of the question. Also read Ch.4 case studies for the second part of this question and related articles
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