• Determinants of public education expenditure: evidence from Indian states.

      Chatterji, Monojit; Mohan, Sushil; Ghosh Dastidar, Sayantan; University of Dundee; University of Cambridge; University of Brighton (Inderscience, 2015-04-10)
      Public education expenditure varies significantly across Indian states. Using data on 16 Indian states from 2001-2010, the paper tries to identify the determinants of per capita education expenditure of state governments in India. The econometric findings indicate that richer states spend more on education compared to the poorer states. A lower share of child population (0-14 years) is found to significantly enhance education expenditure at the state level. We do not find any evidence that political factors such as political ideology of the ruling party and level of corruption affect education expenditure of state governments.
    • Manufacturing and trade liberalisation of India: The continuing debate

      Ghosh Dastidar, Sayantan; University of Derby (Madras Institute of Development Studies, India, 2015-12)
      The paper identifies the reasons behind the differential performance of the registered and unregistered manufacturing sectors of India during the post-reform period. The motivation for this study comes from the econometric findings of Ghosh Dastidar and Veeramani (2014) that trade liberalisation has positively influenced the growth performance of the unregistered sector but not that of the registered segment.Trade liberalisation seems to have benefitted the unregistered sector indirectly through the increase in sub-contracting activities from the registered sector. The absence of rigid labour regulations also helped the unregistered sector undergo re-structuring during the post-reform period and achieve faster growth through the elimination of inefficient firms, something that the registered segment failed to do.
    • Why do men rape? Understanding the determinants of rapes in India.

      Basu Roy, Sharanya; Ghosh Dastidar, Sayantan; University College Cork; University of Derby; School of Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland; Division of Economics and Finance, University of Derby, Derby, UK (Taylor and Francis, 2018-05-21)
      The study examines the determinants of rapes in India using state level data for the time period 2001–2015. The panel model analysis indicates that there is no impact of education and economic growth, pointing towards a larger role of social and cultural factors in this context. The effect of deterrence variables (such as the number of police stations) is non-existent, possibly pointing towards the incompetency of the police force. Social attitude towards women emerged as the most robust predictor of the extent of rapes in India. We argue that the fundamental problem lies in the misogyny deeply rooted in the Indian society