Hafeez A Pasha. Growth and Inequality in Pakistan, Volume-I. Islamabad, Pakistan: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 2018. v+218 pages.

Fahd Zulfiqar

Abstract


The book, Growth and Inequality in Pakistan, is written on a
very important theme. In this book, important economic issues of
Pakistan economy are touched upon carefully, using recent facts and
figures, and far-reaching practical associations are also made a part of
this book. The book proceeds in a logical manner and the topics covered
in the book capture the deep attention of the reader. The book is
divided into seven sections and each section is further divided into
chapters related to the issues of concern. As the rising population is
an important concern for any economy, therefore, before policy options,
the initial discussion in this book focuses on the issues concerning the
population of Pakistan. As the population census has been carried out
after a gap of nineteen years, it becomes inevitable to start addressing
issues related to population, its growth, and international comparisons.
Section one presents a good review of the population of Pakistan, which
has reached 207.8 million. 1 The discussion is followed by focusing on
the distribution of population and its growth. The growth rate for the
period 1998-2017 revealed by the census is 2.4 percent, which, according
to the author, is worrisome. The size and growth of cities is also a
concern, which shows that the fastest growing cities in Pakistan are
Lahore and Islamabad. Overall, in Pakistan urbanisation is taking place
at a moderate rate but imbalances are observed in the size distribution
of the cities.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v58i2pp.223-224

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