New and Enduring Themes in Development Economics

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This book is a compilation of selected papers presented at the ISI (Indian Statistical Institute) Platinum Jubilee Conference on Comparative Development held at the ISI, Delhi, India. The papers cover new and well-established topics in development economics. Some of these include political economy, role of public outrage in delivering justice and the political economy of general strikes, economics of happiness, economics of labour, agricultural economics, macroeconomics and public finance. These topics are analyzed from the perspective of developing countries. The book will be of interest to both researchers and graduate students in development economics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812839411
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/20/2010
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents



Inequality and Wellbeing

International Differences in the Determinants of Life Satisfaction John F. Helliwell Haifang Huang Anthony Harris 3

Unequal Chances: The Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Advantage under Marital Sorting T. Lakshmanasamy 41

Addressing Equity Issues in Watershed Development Projects in Bhil Adivasi Areas of Western Madhya Pradesh Rahul Banerjee 57

Politics, Law and Economics

A Theory of the Corrupt Keynesian Toke Aidt Jayasri Dutta 93

On Effecting Institutional Change Sumon Majumdar Shawn Mukand 113

On the Political Economy of General Strikes Abhirup Sarkar 133

Public Outrage and Criminal Justice: Lessons from the Jessica Lal Case Brendan O'Flaherty Rajiv Sethi 145

Lobbying for Trade Regime and Tariff Settings Katsuzo Yamamoto 165


Labor Retrenchment Laws and Their Effect on Wages and Employment: A Theoretical Investigation Kuushik Basu Gary S. Fields Shub Debgupta 181

Work Migration in and Investment in Origin Communities Ghazala Mansuri 207

Labour Market Reform and Poverty: The Role of Informal Sector Sugata Marjit Saibal Kar Dibyendit Sundar Maiti 229

Measuring Harm due to Child Work and Child Labour: Patterns and Determinants for India Diganta Mukherjee Saswati Das 241


Development Strategy: The State and Agriculture since Independence T.N. Srinivasan 267

Land-Use Changes and Agricultural Growth in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, 1901-2004 Takashi Kurosaki 303

Macro and Public Finance

The Natural Interest Rate in Emerging Markets Ashima Goyal 333

Intergovernmental Transfer Rules, State Fiscal Policy and Performance in India Poulomi Roy AjitavaRaychaudhwi 369

Tax Evasion and Administrative Costs Rohit Prasad 401

Inequality, Public Investment and Deficits in India Errol D'Soitza 429


Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol Parkash Chander 447


Recent Trends in Micro finance lustiaitions: Some Theoretical Implications Swnan Ghosh Eric Van Tassel 467

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