Taxes and Development: Experience of India vs. China, and Lessons for other Developing Countries
Working Paper #231
The rapid and sustained growth in India and China, the two most populous countries in the world, during the last fifteen to twenty-five years is probably the most momentous change in the world economy in our lifetimes. Both countries were among the poorest in the world before the start of their economic reforms. The rapid changes since the beginning of these reforms have been breathtaking. What policy changes in fact were responsible for initiating the sharp improvement in economic performance? What further policy changes have been needed to sustain it? To what degree are there common lessons from the reforms in these two countries that other countries can use as models for their own economic policies?
About the Author
Professor of Economics
University of California, San Diego
Roger Gordon is professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on diverse topics in public finance. He has served as editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Public Economics, and the American Economic Review.