EVER DECREASING CIRCLES: THE EMPIRICAL, THEORETICAL AND (EVEN) IDEOLOGICAL PROBLEMS WITH CROSS-STATE REGRESSION ANALYSIS IN INDIA
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 23–45, January 2014
How to Cite
McCartney, M. (2014), EVER DECREASING CIRCLES: THE EMPIRICAL, THEORETICAL AND (EVEN) IDEOLOGICAL PROBLEMS WITH CROSS-STATE REGRESSION ANALYSIS IN INDIA. J. Int. Dev., 26: 23–45. doi: 10.1002/jid.2822
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 9 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 22 SEP 2009
- cross-state regressions;
- case studies
This paper is concerned with the analysis of growth using cross-country/ state growth regressions. The paper uses the example of state level growth in India and a case study of the growth experience of the state of Kerala in the 1990s. In practise empirical results using cross-country/ state growth regressions remain disappointing. Orthodox analysis tends to stop with the assumption that it is only an empirical problem. This paper goes on to show that there are also theoretical and finally methodological–ideological problems why empirical results are poor. Each successive problem is engaged with by fewer and fewer researchers. In conclusion, this paper makes a case for the greater use of country case studies. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.