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Federal Transfers and the Tax efforts of the States in India

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  • K., Jothi Sivagnanam
  • M., Naganathan

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The paper has examined the the impact of federal fiscal transfers on the budget of the state (sub-central) governments in India. The relationship between the federal fiscal transfers and the tax efforts of the 14 major Indian states have been anlysed for fifteen years (from 1970-71 to 1984-85)through a panel dadat set. Fixed efeect model and its variants have been employed. The study found that the federal transfers have dampaned the tax efforts of states in India. Hence, a hiher weightaege for the 'tax effort criterion' has been suggested in the vertical devolution formula of the Indian Finance Commission to ensure efficiency.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3208.

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Date of creation: Dec 1999
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Publication status: Published in Indian Economic Journal part 4.volume(2000): pp. 101-110
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3208

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Keywords: Federal Transfers; Tax Efforts; Fiscal Federalism in India; Efficiency; Vertical fiscal balance;

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  1. Richard A. Musgrave, 1961. "Approaches to a Fiscal Theory of Political Federalism," NBER Chapters, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, in: Public Finances: Needs, Sources, and Utilization, pages 97-134 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Edward M. Gramlich & Harvy Galper, 1973. "State and Local Fiscal Behavior and Federal Grant Policy," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 4(1), pages 15-66.
  3. Shah, Anwar, 1991. "Perspectives on the design of intergovernmental fiscal relations," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 726, The World Bank.
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