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At the Threshold of 10 Per Cent Economic Growth?

The Indian economy can move on to a 10 per cent growth path if it successfully addresses issues in savings, agriculture, fiscal affairs, trade and structural and institutional reform.

Interventionist and Distortionist

This is an interventionist, distortionist budget, with little bite. The revenue effort is small and the major expenditure proposals look unrealistic. There is something for all, yet little that is incisive. Another opportunity, sadly, has been missed.

Tax Administration Theory, Survey, Analysis

Tax Administration: Theory, Survey, Analysis Parthasarathi Shome Incentives and Institutional Reform in Tax Enforcement by Arindam Das-Gupta and Dilip Mookherjee;Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1998;ppXV+478,Rs 675.00.

Economic Liberalisation of the 1990s-Stabilisation and Structural Aspects and Sustainability of Results

This paper, first, traces the main components of the economic reform process in India of the early 1990s, both in its stabilisation and structural aspects; second, points to the inadequacy and the non-sustainability of the measures that were undertaken; and third, by way of proposing some explanations based on political economy aspects, provides ground for the overall direction in which India needs to move to revitalise its reform process and to sustain it.

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Social Science Enquiry-Econometric Methods and Interdisciplinarity

Social Science Enquiry Econometric Methods and Interdisciplinarity Introduction THIS is an essay on selected methods lor social science enquiry. We have taken econometrics and raised issues regarding inierdtsaplinaruy, with illustrations from ethnography in order to bring home what seem to be increasing divergences in methods to study essentially the same problem: the human condition or behaviour. One increasingly finds that a singular approach, for example, economic theory postulating relationships among economic variables alone, will remain incomplete since a purely economic1 being could not exist. Rather, a holistic encompassing economic, social, ethnographic approach is essential to understand fully the determinants of human behaviour in the context of social sciences. Social sciences are not natural sciences and all branches of the former must recogise this fundamental aspect. Otherwise, any approach to enquiry would fall short of finding meaningful answers to the questions that are set out to be addressed.

On the Elasticity of Developing Country

On the Elasticity of Developing Country Tax Systems Parthasarathi Shome This paper is concerned with the buoyancy and elisticity of the tax systems of developing countries, with particular reference to Asia. It discusses the impediments to an automatic response of tax revenue to economic growth. The author first presents a framework for estimating the buoyancy and elasticity of taxes and then provides some estimates of these measures from selected Asian economies, ft is argued that there is some built-in inflexibility in raising the elasticity of a typical tax system. The author recommends some measures for improving elasticity of taxes.
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