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Rain, rain, go away? The investment climate, state–business relations and firm performance in India


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  • Vinish Kathuria
  • S.N. Rajesh Raj
  • Kunal Sen


It is commonly argued that a better investment climate reform – i.e., lower distortions in the institutional, policy and regulatory environment in which firms operate – lead to discernible improvements in firm performance. In this paper, we argue that effective State–Business Relations (SBRs) condition better investment climate outcomes and that the deeper institutional determinants of firm performance are the former. We examine the effect of effective SBRs of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) for formal sector firms in India for the years 2000–2001 and 2004–2005 and find support for this hypothesis.

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Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Trade and Global Markets.

Volume (Year): 4 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 172-186

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Handle: RePEc:ids:ijtrgm:v:4:y:2011:i:2:p:172-186

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Keywords: state–business relations; total factor productivity; India; investment; firm performance; distortions; regulatory environments; government regulation; institutional determinants; formal sector; globalisation; trade; global markets; global economy; policy analysis.;


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  1. Ghosh, Saibal, 2013. "Do economic reforms matter for manufacturing productivity? Evidence from the Indian experience," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 723-733.


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