Assistant Professor, Department of Economics Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, India
The present paper tries to understand the causes behind the emergence of India’s large agglomeration (or giant cities) and how these large agglomerations are linked with economic growth. In addition, the distribution of urban economic growth is measured by the estimation of poverty, inequality and pro-poorness. The paper suggests that the upcoming “Smart cities” in India will emerge as a greater platform for future development of urban India, only if these cities surely ensure smart distribution of the fruits of urban economic growth to the poorer section of urban dwellers.
Keywords: Agglomeration, Economic growth, Poverty, Inequality, Urban India
JEL classification: O18, R11, D63