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Estimating Structural Breaks Endogenously in India's Post-Independence Growth Path: An Empirical Critique


  • Ravindra H Dholakia

    () (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)

  • Amey A Sapre

    () (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)


This paper attempts to address empirical and methodological issues with regard to endogenous estimation of break dates in India's GDP and sub-sector series and finds that detection of break dates is sensitive to base year changes, marginal extension of time series and alteration of the length of the partition. The study uses series of Indian GDP and sub-sectors at two different base years to evaluate its effect on variation in break dates. To take into account the effect of marginal increase of time series, break dates are estimated on time series from 1950-51 to 2003-04 and 2008-09. The study also raises the issue about selection of the length of partition, which can affect detection of break dates. These empirical limitations do not lead to any conclusive evidence of break dates and hence cannot help settle the debates over different growth and policy regimes of the Indian economy.

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  • Ravindra H Dholakia & Amey A Sapre, 2011. "Estimating Structural Breaks Endogenously in India's Post-Independence Growth Path: An Empirical Critique," Journal of Quantitative Economics, The Indian Econometric Society, vol. 9(2), pages 73-87, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:jqe:jqenew:v:9:y:2011:i:2:p:73-87

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    3. Shahbaz, Muhammad & Farhani, Sahbi & Ozturk, Ilhan, 2013. "Coal Consumption, Industrial Production and CO2 Emissions in China and India," MPRA Paper 50618, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 12 Oct 2013.
    4. Purba Roy Choudhury & Biswajit Chatterjee, 2017. "Growth in India’s Service Sector: Implications of Structural Breaks," Journal of Quantitative Economics, Springer;The Indian Econometric Society (TIES), vol. 15(1), pages 75-99, March.

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