Human Capital Development in South Asia: Achievements, Prospects, and Policy Challenges

Publication | December 2017

This study reviews the development of human capital in South Asia and analyzes contributing factors to human development including policies and strategies that countries in South Asia follow.

  • US$27.00 (paperback)

Human capital is an important factor for economic growth in South Asia. Between 1981 and 2010, human capital contributed about 22% of annual gross domestic product per worker growth in India. During the same period, it contributed around €21%  in Bangladesh, and 16% in Sri Lanka. However, education and skills remain the binding constraint. Raising the quality of education and skills in South Asia’s workforce can play a critical role in catching up to the level of development of the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and other successful Southeast Asian economies.


  • Overview
  • Human Capital Development and Economic Growth
  • Achievements and Challenges in Education
  • Labor Force and Skills
  • Changes in Skill Demand and Supply and Wage Structure
  • Policy Recommendations for Human Capital Development

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • 152
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS179082
  • 978-92-9261-038-8 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-039-5 (electronic)

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