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Institutions and the quality of governance: an empirical study on interstate differences in economic development in India

Bharatee Dash () and Sami Angara V. Raja
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Sami Angara V. Raja: Department of Economics, University of Hyderabad, India

Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 2009, vol. 16, issue 1, 1-26

Abstract: Economic performance is closely linked to the existence of good institutions. However, the quality of governance has also been identified as an important factor that affects economic growth and development. This paper empirically examines the significance of these factors in explaining variations in the per capita GDP of the Indian states and the extent of industrialization across them. Towards this end, indices for institutions—such as the protection of property rights, the efficiency of the legal system at the state level and the rule of law—as well as indicators of the extent and quality of State intervention and political stability, have been constructed to bring them into an empirically testable format. Empirical findings suggest that the quality of governance is significant in explaining the variations in state per capita GDP. Institutional factors play a significant role in explaining variations in the extent of industrialization across the Indian states.

Keywords: institutions; growth; development; Indian states (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O1 O17 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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