Department of Economics

 

History: - The TDC class of economics was started from the establishment of our college with prior permission of Higher Education Dept. of Assam. And govt. concurrence for TDC 2nd year in economics was granted in the year 1999-2000. The major course in economics for TDC 1st year (Arts) get permission for the session 2011-2012 and second year major course get permission for the session 2012-2013.

Vision: - To impart knowledge of Economics

Motto: - To develop the quality of the students

Date of Permission: -   1997-1998

Date of Govt Concurrence: - 15-05-2000

Activities:-

Infrastructure: - Good

Courses offered:   BA in Economics (Arts) with pass course and Major course

Total seat capacity: 80 in General and 20 in Major course

Papers that Department teaches: - 28 numbers

 

Detailed Course Content of Economics (Major)

M 104 MICROECONOMICS I

Unit 1: INTRODUCTION

The Economic Problem- Scarcity and Choice; Concepts of Equilibrium - Stable and Unstable,

Static, Comparative Static, Dynamic, The Basic Market Model; Interfering with the market

versus working through the Market.

Unit 2: CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR AND DEMAND

Utility: Cardinal versus Ordinal; Indifference Curve - Assumptions and Properties;

Consumer’s Equilibrium; Price Effect-Income Effect, Substitution Effect; Engel’s Curve;

Derivation of the Demand Curve; Giffen Paradox; Merits and Limitations of Indifference Curve

Analysis; Consumer’s Surplus and Applications and Limitations of the Concept.

Unit 3: THEORY OF PRODUCTION AND COST

Organisation of Production; Production Function and its related concepts; Total, Average and

Marginal Products and the Law of Variable Proportions; Production with two variable inputs-

Isoquants; Factor Elasticity of Substitution; Returns to Scale; Least cost input combination;

Expansion Path; Contract Curve and the derivation of Production Possibility Curve; Cost of

Production; Types of Costs- Money Cost, Real Cost, Explicit Cost, Implicit Cost, Sunk Cost,

Opportunity Cost, Private Cost, Social Cost; Cost in the Short Run- Fixed Cost, Variable Cost,

Total Cost, Average Cost, Marginal Cost and their interrelation; Derivation

of the Long Run

Average and Marginal Cost Curves; Economies and Diseconomies of Scale.

Unit 4: OUTPUT DECISIONS AND PROFIT MAXIMIZATION

Revenue: TR, AR, MR; Relation between AR, MR, Elasticity of Demand; Comparing Costs and

Revenues to maximize Profit.

Recommended books:

1. Karl E. Case, Ray C. Fair, Principles of Economics, Pearson Education Asia

2. Dominick Salvatore, Micro Economics- Theory and Applications, Oxford University

Press

3. Koutsoyiannis. A, Modern Micro Economics, ELBS/ Macmillan

4. Sampat Mukherjee, Modern Economic Theory, New Age International Publishers

5. Rahul A. Shastri, Micro Economic Theory, University Press (India) Limited

6. D. N. Dwivedi , Micro Economic Theory and Applications, Pearson Education

7. R. K. Sharma and Shashi K. Gupta, Management Accounting- Principles and

Practice, Kalyani Publishers.

8. G S Maddala and Ellen Miller, Micro Economic Theory and Application, Tata

Mc Graw- Hill

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M 105 MACROECONOMICS 1

Unit 1: NATIONAL INCOME ACCOUNTING:

Basic Economic Activities-Production, Consumption, Capital Accumulation; Circular

Flow of Income in a two sector economy; Concept of National Income and related

aggregates, Approaches to measuring National Income, Components of National

Income; National Income and Economic Welfare;

Unit 2THEORIES OF OUTPUT AND EMPLOYMENT:

Classical Theory, Keynes’ objections to classical theory, Theory of Effective Demand;

Simple Keynesian model of Income Determination

Unit 3: CONSUMPTION FUNCTION:

Keynesian Consumption Function, Technical attributes of Consumption Function,

limitations of Keynesian Consumption Function, Factors affecting consumption function.

Unit 4: INVESTMENT FUNCTION:

Meaning of Investment, Marginal Efficiency of Capital, Marginal Efficiency of

Investment, Relation between MEC and MEI Determination of volume of investment

Accelerator Theory; Theory of Multiplier; Concept of super Multiplier.

Recommended Books:

1. Dornbusch, Fisher, Startz : Macroeconomics, Tata Mcgraw-Hill; Publising Company Ltd.

New Delhi

2.Suraj B.Gupta : Monetary Economics, S.Chand and Company Ltd.

3. W.Beckerman : An Introduction to National Income Analysis, Universal Book Stall, New

Delhi,

4.Raghabendra Jha : Contemporary Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, Wiley Eastern Ltd.,

5. Dudley Dillard : The Economics of John Maynard Keynes,Vikas Publishing House Ltd.

6. Eugene A. Diulio : Theory and Problems of Macroeconomics , Schaum's Outline Series,

Mcgraw Hill Book Company, 1983

7. Rana and Verma : Macroeconomic Analysis, Vishal Publications , Jalandhar , 1998

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M 204 MICROECONOMICS II

Unit 1: MARKET STRUCTURE

Perfect Competition: Features; Equilibrium of a Firm and Industry; Price Determination;

Derivation of the Supply Curves of Firm and Industry;

Monopoly: Features; Price-Output Determination; Price Discrimination- Meaning and

conditions; Price and Output under Market Segmentation; MR, Output, Profit and Consumer’s

Surplus under different Degrees of Price Discrimination; Comparison between Monopoly

Equilibrium and Equilibrium of a Competitive Firm.

Monopolistic Competition: Features; Product Differentiation; Perceived and Proportionate

Demand Curves; Price- Output Determination; Excess Capacity.

Unit 2: THEORY OF DISTRIBUTION

Personal versus Functional Distribution; Marginal Productivity Theory of Distribution; Wage

Determination under Perfect Competition and Imperfect Competition: Monopoly, Monopsony

and Bilateral Monopoly; Collective Bargaining;

Rent: Differential Surplus Approach; Modern Theory of Rent; Quasi Rent; Profit: Economic

Profit; Gross and Net Profits; Innovation Theory: Risk and Uncertainty Bearing Theory.

Unit 3: WELFARE ECONOMICS

Basic issues of Welfare Economics; Old Welfare Economics (Pigouvian), Pareto Optimality;

Compensation Principle (ideas only)

Unit 4: FINANCIAL MICROECONOMICS

Pay Back Period, Average Rate of Return, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return,

Recommended books:

1. Karl E. Case, Ray C. Fair, Principles of Economics, Pearson Education Asia

2. Dominick Salvatore, Micro Economics- Theory and Applications, Oxford University

Press

3. Koutsoyiannis. A, Modern Micro Economics, ELBS/ Macmillan

4. Sampat Mukherjee, Modern Economic Theory, New Age International Publishers

5. Rahul A. Shastri, Micro Economic Theory, University Press (India) Limited

6. D. N. Dwivedi , Micro Economic Theory and Applications, Pearson Education

7. R. K. Sharma and Shashi K. Gupta, Management Accounting- Principles and

Practice, Kalyani Publishers.

8. G S Maddala and Ellen Miller, Micro Economic Theory and Application, Tata

Mc Graw- Hill

9. R. R. Barthwal, Micro Economic Analysis, Wiley Eastern Limited

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M 205 MACROECONOMICS-I1

Unit 1: GOODS AND MONEY MARKET EQUILIBRIUM:

Liquidity Preference and the rate of interest: Interaction between the rate of interest and

income: the IS-LM framework, Policy implications in IS-LM framework.

Unit 2: BUSINESS CYCLE:

Meaning, Phases, Characteristics; Theories of Business Cycle –Hawtrey’s Monetary Theory ,

Hicks’s Multiplier –Accelerator Interaction Theory;

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Unit 3: QUANTITY THEORY OF MONEY:

Transaction Approach, Cash Balance Approach, Keynes reformulation of the Quantity

Theory of Money.

Unit 4: INFLATION:

Meaning and Impact, Theories of Inflation- Demand pull (Keynesian and Monetarist), Cost

Push; Structural Theories of Inflation-Inflation in developing countries.

Recommended Books:

1. Dornbusch, Fisher, Startz : Macroeconomics, Tata Mcgraw-Hill; Publising Company Ltd.

New Delhi

2.Suraj B.Gupta : Monetary Economics, S.Chand and Company Ltd.

3. W.Beckerman : An Introduction to National Income Analysis, Universal Book Stall, New

Delhi,

4.Raghabendra Jha : Contemporary Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, Wiley Eastern Ltd.,

5. Dudley Dillard : The Economics of John Maynard Keynes,Vikas Publishing House Ltd.

6. Eugene A. Diulio : Theory and Problems of Macroeconomics , Schaum's Outline Series,

Mcgraw Hill Book Company, 1983

7. Rana and Verma : Macroeconomic Analysis, Vishal Publications , Jalandhar , 1998

M 304 ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS FOR ECONOMICS

Unit 1: BASIC CONCEPTS

Variables, Sets, Functions; Limit and Continuity of a Function; Equations, Identities, Systems of

equations; Homogeneous function

Unit 2: MATRIX AND DETERMINANTS

Various types of matrices, Matrix operations-addition, subtraction and multiplication; Rank of a

matrix, Determinants; Matrix inversion; Solution of Simultaneous equation system; Crammer’s

rule; Application to partial equilibrium market model, simple national income model; Structure

of input-output table, Static Leontief system

Unit 3: DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS:

Differentiation of a Function; Basic rules of differentiation- Partial and Total Differentiation

UNIT 4: INTEFRAL CALCULUS:

Integration of a function - basic rules; derivation of total function; definite integral

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Recommended Readings:

1. Chiang, A.C. Fundamentals Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw Hill

2. Baruah, S. Basic Mathematics and its Economics Applications, MacMillan

3. Henderson, J.M. and Quandt, R.E. Micro-Economic Theory-A Mathematical Treatment,

McGraw Hill,

4. Mehta, B.C. and Madnani, G.M. Mathematics for Economists, Sultan Chand & Sons, ND,

2000.

5. Allen, R.G.D. Mathematical Economics, St. Martin’s Press, 1959.

6. Salvatore, D. Mathematics and Statistics, Schaum’s Series, Tata McGraw Hill

M 305 THE MONETARY SYSTEM

Unit 1: MONEY: BASIC CONCEPTS

Concept of Money, Money and Near Money. Supply of Money: definition and measures.

Unit 2: COMMERCIAL BANKING:

Meaning, functions, assets and liabilities-Balancing liquidity with profitability, process of credit

creation by commercial banks.

Unit 3: CENTRAL BANKING:

Meaning, Functions, Methods of credit control, Monetary Policy- Objectives. Promotional role

of a Central Bank in a developing economy (with reference to RBI)

Unit 4: THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM

Financial System-Meaning, constituents, functions and importance of financial system.

Money market and Capital Market (concepts only), Stock Market-its role in economic

development;, Stock market indices,

Recommended Books:

1. Dornbusch, Fisher, Startz : Macroeconomics, Tata McGraw-Hill

2. Suraj B.Gupta : Monetary Economics, S.Chand and Company Ltd.

4.Raghabendra Jha : Contemporary Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, Wiley Eastern Ltd.,

1991

5.Rana and Verma : Macroeconomic Analysis, Vishal Publications , Jalandhar , 1998

6. McDougall and Dernburg: Macroeconomics, Tata McGraw Hill

7. Preeti Singh and Reena Marwah: Monetary Economics, Tata McGraw-Hill

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M 404 MATHEMATICAL APPLICATIONS IN ECONOMICS

Unit 1: Calculus in Economics Applications

Application to consumer’s and producer’s surplus. Problems relating to investment, capital

formation and derivation of simple growth process (Domar) Application to elasticity of demand

and supply, derivation of marginal functions, Inter-relationships among total, marginal and

average functions, tax yield in competitive market; -application to simple market model, national

income model, Production Function and Euler’s Theorem.

Unit 2 MAXIMA AND MINIMA

Unconstrained maxima and minima with single explanatory variable-application to cost

minimization, revenue maximization, tax revenue maximization, profit maximization and

equilibrium of firm- unconstrained maxima and minima with more than one explanatory

variables-application to discriminating monopoly, multi-product equilibrium, multi-planned

equilibrium, equilibrium of firm with advertisement cost and subsidy

Unit 3: ELEMENTS OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING

Inequality Constraint and formulation of a Linear Programming Problem – Graphical Solution

Unit 4: INTRODUCTION TO GAME THEORY

Two person zero sum game –Pure strategies with saddle point, games without saddle point- the

rules of dominance- solution of games without saddle point – mixed strategies, basic ideas and

examples of non zero sum games – Nash equilibrium, Prisoner’s Dilemma and Repeated games.

Recommended Readings:

4. Chiang, A.C. Fundamentals Methods of Mathematical Economics, McGraw Hill

5. Baruah, S. Basic Mathematics and its Economics Applications, MacMillan

6. Henderson, J.M. and Quandt, R.E. Micro-Economic Theory-A Mathematical Treatment,

McGraw Hill,

4. Mehta, B.C. and Madnani, G.M. Mathematics for Economists, Sultan Chand & Sons, ND,

2000.

6. Allen, R.G.D. Mathematical Economics, St. Martin’s Press, 1959.

6. Salvatore, D. Mathematics and Statistics, Schaum’s Series, Tata McGraw Hill

M 405 INTRODUCTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

Unit 1: Development: Meaning and Measurement – GDP and PCI as indicators of development,

HDI - Structural Changes in the Development Process (Kuznet). - Obstacles to Development

Unit 2: Economic Growth: Meaning and Sources of Economic Growth: Population Growth,

Capital Accumulation and Technical Progress; the Notion of Capital-Output ratio; Theories of

Economic Growth-Classical Approach: Smith and Ricardo, Harrod-Domar’s Theory of

Instability of Growth Process.

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Unit 3: Development Theories: Theories of Persistence of Underdevelopment: Vicious Circle of

Poverty, Cumulative Causation (Myrdal), Strategies for Development; Balanced and Unbalanced

Growth Strategy, Development with Unlimited Supply of Labour (Lewis).

Recommended books

1. Todaro and Smith, Economic Development, Pearson Education

2. A P. Thirlwall, Growth and Development, Macmillan Press Ltd

3. M. L. Taneja and R. M. Myer, Economics of Development and Planning, Vishal

Publishing Company

4. Mishra and Puri, Growth and Development, Himalaya Publishing House

M 501 ELEMENTS OF PUBLIC FINANCE

Unit 1: NATURE AND SCOPE OF PUBLIC FINANCE

Nature and scope of Public Finance; Public Goods and Private Goods; Role of Public Finance;

Principles of Public Finance—Principle of Maximum Social Advantage

Unit 2: PUBLIC REVENUE

Concepts of Revenue Receipt and Non-revenue Receipt; Sources and Classification Public

Revenue; Tax and Non-tax Revenues

Unit 3: PUBLIC EXPENDITURE

Public Expenditure; Causes for growth of Public Expenditure(Wagnar's Law); Classification of

Public Expenditure; Canons of Public Expenditure; Effects of Public Expenditure on

---Production, Distribution and Economic Stability; Importance of Public Expenditure in

Developing Countries

Unit 4: PUBLIC DEBT:

Sources of Public Debt--Internal and External Debt; Burden of Public Debt; Redemption of

Public Debt; Debt Trap; Role of Public Debt with special reference to developing Countries.

Recommended Books:

1.Dalton, H.: Principles of Public Finance. Routledge and Kegan Paul.

2. Musgrave, R.A.: Theory of Public Finance, McGraw Hill

2 Agarwal, R.C.: Public Finance—Theory And Practice, Lakshmi Narayan Agarwal.

3.Choudhury, R.K.: Public Finance and Fiscal Policy, Kalyani Publishers.

4.Andley K.K & Sundharam, K.P.M.: Public Economics and Public Finance, Rattan Prakashan

Mandir.

5. Mithani, D.M.: Modern Public Finance, Himalaya Publishing House.

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M 502 BASIC STATISTICS FOR ECONOMICS

(For Arts Stream only)

Unit 1: CENTRAL TENDENCY AND DISPERSION

Measures of Central Tendency-Arithmetic Mean , Median, Mode and Geometric mean;

Measures of Dispersion-Range, Mean Deviation, Quartile deviation, Standard Deviation,

Coefficient of Variation,

Unit 2: CORRELATION AND REGRESSION

Correlation; Coefficient of linear correlation; Rank Correlation, Partial Correlation; Regression

Analysis-Estimation of regression line in a bivariate distribution-Least squares method,

properties of regression coefficients.

Unit 3: PROBABILITY

Concept, Rules of probability (Addition and Multiplication); Conditional Probability, concept of

discrete and continuous Random variables and mathematical expectation (relating to only

discrete random variable), Standard Probability distribution: Binomial, Poisson and Normal

(basics only).

Recommended Readings:

1. Gupta, S.P. Statistical Methods, Sultan Chand & Sons,

2. Gupta, S.C and Kapoor, V.K., Fundamentals of Applied Statistics, Sultan Chand & Sons,

3. Nagar, A.L and Das, R.K, Basic Statistics, OUP,

4. Yamane, Taro, Statistics: An Introductory Analysis, Harper and Row

5. Salvatore, D. Mathematics and Statistics, Schaum’s Series, Tata McGraw Hill

6. Hazarika PadmalochanEssential Statistics for Economics and Commerce Akansha

Publishing House

M 502 ELEMENTARY ECONOMETRICS

(For Science Stream only)

Unit 1: THEORETICAL DISTRIBUTION

Theoretical frequency Distribution and application of binomial, Poisson and normal

Unit 2: STATISTICAL INFERENCE

Concepts of sampling distribution and standard error of statistic- methods of estimation: Least

square and maximum likelihood, characteristics of a good estimator – testing of hypothesis: type

I and type II errors, one tailed and two tailed tests- tests based on standard normal, t and

chi-square distribution.

Unit 3: LINEAR REGRESSION MODELS

Statistical and deterministic relationship; Two variable linear regression model –the linear

specification-standard assumptions and ordinary least squares (OLS ) estimations- properties of

the OLS estimators decomposition of the sum of square and the co-efficient of determinationtests

of hypothesis about regression parameters and their confidence interval- prediction –

extension to three variable regression – partial correlation- violation of classical least square

assumptions.

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Recommended Books

1. Dougherty, Introduction to Econometrics, OUP, 2005

2. Nagar, A.L and Das, R.K, Basic Statistics, OUP,

3. Gujrathi, D and Sangetha, Basic Econometrics, Tata McGraw Hill, 4th Edition, 2006.

4. Salvatore, Dominick and Reagle, Darrick, Statistics and Econometrics, Tata McGraw

Hill, 2002.

M 503 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

Unit 1: Nature and scope of environmental economics, Economy-environment interaction

Unit 2: Market failure, externality, public good-Environment as a public good, Tragedy of

Commons

Unit 3: Environmental Kuznets's Curve, Pollution Control Policies: Command and control

approach, Incentive based approach: Taxes, Liability Law and tradeable permits

Unit 4: Global Environmental Issues: Climate Change – Implications and Mitigation

Recommended Readings

1. Hanley, Shrogram and White, Introduction to Environmental Economics, OUP

2. R Bhattacharjee, Environmental Economics, OUP

M 504 INTERNATIONAL TRADE: THEORY AND POLICY

Unit 1: THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Trade Theories-Ricardian Theory of Comparative Cost Advantage; Factor Endowments and

Heckscher- Ohlin Theory; Empirical Test of H-O Model- Leontief Paradox; Factor Intensity

Reversal

Unit 2: TERMS OF TRADE AND GAINS FROM TRADE

Concepts of Terms of Trade; Factors affecting Terms of Trade; Gains from Trade; Offer

Curves, Distribution of gains from trade in terms of Offer Curves,Trade as an Engine of Growth.

Unit 3: INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICY

Free Trade and Protection- Arguments for and against Free Trade and Protection; Tariffs-

Classifications of Tariffs, Effects of Tariffs- Partial Equilibrium analysis, Concept of Optimum

Tariff and Retaliation; Quotas- Types, Effects; Tariffs versus Quotas.

Recommended Books

1. Dominick Salvatore, International Economics, Wiley India

2. Francis Cherunilam, International Economics, Tata Mc Graw- Hill

3. K. C. Rana and K. N. Verma, International Economics, Vishal Publishing Company

4. Mannur, H.G., International Economics, Theory & Practice, Vikash

5. Bo Sodersten and Geoffrey Reed, International Economics, Macmillan

6. P. T. Ellsworth and J. Clark Leith, The International Economy, Macmillan

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M 505 HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT I

Unit 1: EARLY PERIOD:

Mercantilism: Tenets, Rise & Fall.

Physiocracy: Tableau Economique of Quesnay, concept of Natural Order, Produit Net,

Taxation, Trade.

Unit 2: CLASSICAL PERIOD:

Adam Smith: Views on division of labour, theory of value, capital accumulation, istribution,

trade, and economic development; David RicardoMain Contributions in brief;Thomas Robert

Malthus: Theory of Population, Theory of Glut; J. B. Say: Laws f Market; J. S. Mill:

Restatement of the Classical Theory.

Unit 3: SOCIALIST THOUGHTS: Contributions of Karl Marx: Theory of Value, Theory of

Surplus, Theory of Economic Development.

Recommended Books:

1. Guide, C. & C. Rist: A History of Economic Doctrine.

2. Roll, Eric.: A History of Economic Thought.

3. Hajela, T.N.: History of Economic Thought.

4. Bhatia, H,L.: History of Economic Thought

5. Vohra, Munish: History of Economic Thought

M 506 DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND THE INDIAN ECONOMY

Unit 1: Basic Features of Indian economy: Trend and Composition of National Income and Per

Capita Income, Occupational Distribution, Basic Demographic features, Increasing Importance

of the Tertiary Sector: Trend and Composition within the Tertiary Sector.

Unit 2: Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment: Conceptual and Measurement Issues – the

Indian Situation

Unit 3: Role of Agriculture in Economic Development: Barriers to Agricultural Growth; Land

Reforms in India – Rationale, Measures and Impact; Green Revolution and Indian Agricultural

Growth; Food Security and Public Distribution System.

Unit 4: Role of Industries in the Development Process: Large vs. Medium, Small and Micro

Enterprises (MSME); An overview of the India’s Industrial Progress – Overview of the

Industrial Development Strategy before Reforms, Industrial Policy of 1991 and Liberalization.

Recommended Readings;

1. Todaro and Smith, Economic Development, Pearson Education

2. A P. Thirlwall, Growth and Development, Macmillan Press Ltd

3. R Dutt and K P M Sundharam, Indian Economy

4. Mishra and Puri, Growth and Development, Himalaya Publishing House

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M 601 PUBLIC ECONOMICS

Unit 1: TAXATION

Canons of Taxation; Principles of Taxation; Benefit Principle and Ability to Pay Theory,

Direct Tax and Indirect tax: Meaning and concepts; Rate schedule of taxation Proportionate

Tax, Progressive Tax, Regressive tax,

Impact, Incidence and Shifting of Tax; Sharing of Tax between Buyers and Sellers;

Taxable Capacity; Relative and Absolute Taxable Capacity; Factors determining Taxable

Capacity;

Effects of Taxation on Production and Distribution;

Characteristics of a Good Tax System; Role of Taxation in Developing Countries.

Unit 2:GOVERNMENT BUDGET

Concept of Government budget ;Classification of Public Budget—Balanced and Unbalanced

Budget, Capital and Revenue Budget; Brief Ideas on Performance Budgeting, Zero Base

Budgeting.

Unit3: FISCAL POLICY

Meaning and Objectives; Components of Fiscal Policy; Role of Fiscal policy in a developing

economy.

Unit 4: FEDERAL FINANCE

Meaning; Principles of Federal Finance; Current Finance Commission of India- a brief overview.

Recommended Books:

1.Dalton, H.: Principles of Public Finance. Routledge and Kegan Paul.

2. Musgrave, R.A.: Theory of Public Finance, McGraw Hill

2 Agarwal, R.C.: Public Finance—Theory And Practice, Lakshmi Narayan Agarwal.

3.Choudhury, R.K.: Public Finance and Fiscal Policy, Kalyani Publishers.

4.Andley K.K & Sundharam, K.P.M.: Public Economics and Public Finance, Rattan Prakashan

Mandir.

5. Mithani, D.M.: Modern Public Finance, Himalaya Publishing House.

M 602 APPLIED STATISTICS

(For Arts Stream only)

Unit 1: INDEX NUMBERS

Concept, uses of Index numbers, Problems in the construction of Index numbers, Methods of

constructing Index numbers-Laspeyres’, Paasche’s and Fisher’s, Chain base Index number,

Wholesale price and cost of living index numbers.

Unit 2: TIME SERIES ANALYSIS

Time Series Analysis-Concept and Components-Measurement of Trend, Graphical Method,

Moving average and Least square method, Fitting of linear and exponential trend curves.

Unit 3: VITAL STATISTICS

Concepts and Measurement of fertility-crude birth rate, general fertility rate, age specific fertility

rate, total fertility rate, Net reproduction rate, gross reproduction rate, Measurement of Mortality14

crude death rate, specific death rate, standardized death rate, Life Table (Basic features).

Unit4: SAMPLE SURVEY

Population, sample, parameter; sample versus complete enumeration; Types of samples-simple

random, stratified random and systematic sampling.

Recommended Readings:

7. Gupta, S.P. Statistical Methods, Sultan Chand & Sons,

8. Gupta, S.C and Kapoor, V.K., Fundamentals of Applied Statistics, Sultan Chand & Sons,

9. Nagar, A.L and Das, R.K, Basic Statistics, OUP,

10. Yamane, Taro, Statistics: An Introductory Analysis, Harper and Row

11. Klein, L.R. An Introduction to Econometrics, Prentice Hall of India

12. Salvatore, D. Mathematics and Statistics, Schaum’s Series, Tata McGraw Hill

13. Hazarika PadmalochanEssential Statistics for Economics and Commerce Akansha

Publishing House

M 602 ECONOMETRIC METHODS

(For Science Stream only)

Unit 1: PROBLEMS IN OLS ESTIMATION

Heteroscedasticity(Concept and consequences); Auto correlation (Concept and consequences);

Multicollinearity-concept, their consequences, detection and remedies.

Unit 2: LAG MODELS AND DUMMY VARIABLES

Lags in Econometric models-Concepts, Koyck model; Partial adjustment and adaptive

expectation models; qualitative data; seasonal analysis; use of dummy variables.

Unit 3: TIME SERIES ANALYSIS

Time Series Analysis-Concept and Components-Measurement of Trend, Graphical Method,

Moving average and Least square method, Fitting of linear and exponential trend curves.

Recommended Books

5. Dougherty, Introduction to Econometrics, OUP, 2005

6. Gujrathi, D and Sangetha, Basic Econometrics, Tata McGraw Hill, 4th Edition, 2006.

7. Salvatore, Dominick and Reagle, Darrick, Statistics and Econometrics, Tata McGraw

Hill, 2002.

M 603 ECONOMICS OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Unit 1: Natural Resources: Types and Characteristics

Unit 2: Economics of Non-renewable Resources: Conditions for optimal depletion, Market

forms and rate of depletion, Role of a backstop

Unit 3: Economics of Renewable Resources: The Idea of sustainable yield, Economically

optimal rate of harvest

Unit 4: Development-environment Trade-off, Sustainable development- Indicators and policy

issues – Integrated economic and environmental accounting

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Recommended Readings

1. Hanley, Shrogram and White, Introduction to Environmental Economics, OUP

2. R Bhattacharjee, Environmental Economics, OUP

M 604 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Unit 1: INTRODUCTION

International Economics as a distinct branch of Economics; Its Nature and Scope

Unit 2: BALANCE OF PAYMENTS

The Structure of BOP; Accounting Principle; Disequilibrium in BOP- Types of Disequilibrium;

Causes of Disequilibrium; Adjustment Mechanism- Correction under Fixed and Flexible

Exchange Rate regimes

Unit 3: FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET AND EXCHANGE RATES

Functions of Foreign Exchange Market; Determination of Equilibrium Exchange Rate; Concepts

of Spot and Forward Rates.

Unit 4: ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

Forms of Economic Integration; Customs Union- Partial Equilibrium Analysis of Customs Union

- Trade Creation and Trade Diversion (concepts only).

Unit 5: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Objectives and functions of IMF, IBRD, WTO

Recommended Books

5. Dominick Salvatore, International Economics, Wiley India

6. Francis Cherunilam, International Economics, Tata Mc Graw- Hill

7. K. C. Rana and K. N. Verma, International Economics, Vishal Publishing Company

8. Mannur, H.G., International Economics, Theory & Practice, Vikash Publishing

House

5. Bo Sodersten and Geoffrey Reed, International Economics, Macmillan Press Ltd

6. P. T. Ellsworth and J. Clark Leith, The International Economy, Macmillan Publishing Inc.

M 605 HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT II

Unit 1: SOME FAMOUS SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT: Marginalist school--W.Jevons, J.

B. Clark.; Austrian school: C.Menger, Bohm-Bowark, F.Wiser,V. Pareto;Mathmatical school--

L.Walras, W.Leontief, Hicks; Neo-classical economics: Alfred Marshall, Irving Fisher,

Wickshell; Welfare economics of A.C. Pigou.

Unit 2: KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS: Departure from the Classical School, Aggregate

Approach to Economics, Policy Prescriptions.

Unit 3: INDIAN ECONOMIC THOUGHT: Main themes of Kautilya’s Arthasashtra;

Modern Economic Ideas: Dada Bhai Naoroji, Ranade, Gokhle; M.K. Gandhi’s ideas on

—Village, Swadeshi, Khadi, Cottage Industries and place of Machine, Welfare of Labour,

Non-violent Economy, Decentralisation, Trusteeship, Sarvodaya.

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Recommended Books:

1. Guide, C. & C. Rist: A History of Economic Doctrine.

2. Roll, Eric.: A History of Economic Thought.

3. Hajela, T.N.: History of Economic Thought.

4. Bhatia, H,L.: History of Economic Thought

5. Vohra, Munish: History of Economic Thought

M 606 PLANNING FOR DEVELOPMENT: INDIA AND THE NORTHEAST

Unit 1: Planning: Concept and Justification, Types of Planning; Overview of Planning Process in

India: 1951-90: Strategies, Goals, Achievements and Failures, Planning in the Post-liberalization

Period; Planning for Inclusive Growth; Role of the Community and Voluntary Organizations.

Unit 2: India in the Global Economy: Basic Features and Consequences of Economic

Globalization; Trend, Composition and Direction of Foreign Trade in India before and after

Liberalization; Capital Flows - Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign

Institutional/Portfolio Investment (FPI).

Unit 3: Economic Problems of North-East India: Comparative Development Experience of North

Eastern States vis-à-vis all India Average – Growth Rates, Per Capita Income, Human

Development Attainments (Literacy and Health); Specific Problem of Industrialization in the

Region and Industrial policies for North-East; Problem of Agricultural Transition in the Hill

Areas (Shifting Cultivation to Commercial Crops).

Recommended Readings:

1. Todaro and Smith, Economic Development, Pearson Education

2. M. L. Taneja and R. M. Myer, Economics of Development and Planning, Vishal

Publishing Company

3. R Dutt and K P M Sundharam, Indian Economy

4. Government of India, Economic Survey (recent issue), Ministry of Finance (available

from http://indiabudget.nic.in)

5. P Nayak, Growth and Human Development in Northeast India, OUP

 

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DETAILED COURSE CONTENT ECONOMICS (ELECTIVE)

PAPER-E 101 ELEMENTARY MICROECONOMICS

UNIT 1: Concept of Equilibrium: Stable and unstable, static, comparative static, dynamic.

Unit 2: -CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR: CARDINAL APPROACH INDIFFERENCE CURVES-ASSUMPTIONS

AND PROPERTIES, LAW OF DIMINISHING MRS, CONSUMER’S EQUILIBRIUM, INCOME EFFECT,

SUBSTITUTION EFFECT, PRICE EFFECT, DERIVATION OF DEMAND CURVE, GIFFEN PARADOX.

Unit 3: Production and Cost: Law of Variable proportions and Returns to Scale, Isoquants,

Iso-cost, Least Cost Combination, Expansion path; Cost of TC, AC, MC and their interrelation;

Long run AC Curves, Economics and diseconomies of scale.

Unit 4:Product Pricing: Pricing under Perfect competition, Equilibrium of Firm and Industry,

Derivation of Supply curve, Price –Output determination under monopoly, Price Discrimination,

(concept only) Price and output under Product Differentiation. Basic idea of Oligopoly.

Unit 5: Factor Pricing: Wage determination under perfect competition, monopsony and bilateral

monopoly, Differential, economic and quasi rent; Risk and Uncertainty bearing theories of profit.

Recommended Books:

1. J.K. Mitra: Economics-Micro and Macro, World Press Pvt. Ltd.

2. D.N. DWIVEDI: MICRO ECONOMIC THEORY AND APPLICATIONS, PEARSON EDUCATION.

3. DR. ATUL GOSWAMI: ARTHABIGYANAR MUL TATTWA, STUDENTS EMPORIUM.

E 201 Introductory Macroeconomics

Unit: 1: National Income: Concepts of National Income and related Aggregates, Measurement

of National Income, National Income and Economic welare.

Unit: 2: Theories of Output and Employment: An overview of the Classical theory, Keynesian

Theory of Effective Demand, Consumption Function and Investment Function, Multiplier,

Classical and Keynesian Theories of interest.

Unit: 3: Inflation: Demand – pull and cost push Theories, Effects of Inflation on Production and

Distribution.-- Anti Inflationary Policy.

Recommended Books:

1. K.K. Kurihara, Monetary Theory and Public Policy, Kalyani Publications.

2. RANA AND VERMA, MACROECONOMIC ANALYSIS, VISHAL PUBLICATIONS.

3. AGARWALA S.K., NATIONAL INCOME ACCOUNTING, BOOK LAND PUBLISHING CO.

-4. ALAM K., HUDA M. AND SHARMA A., SNATAK MAHALAR ARTHATATTVA (2), STUDENTS

STORE.

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E 303 Money, Banking and Finance

Unit: 1: Quantity Theory of Money: Cash Transactions and cash Balance approaches.

Unit: 2: Commercial Banking: The Process of Credit Creation, Assets and Liabilities.

Unit: 3: Central Banking: Function of the Central Bank.

Unit: 4: Business Cycle: Meaning and Characteristics; Hawtrey’s Theory of Trade Cycle.

Unit: 5: Monetary Policy: Objectives of Monetary Policy with special reference to UDCs.

Unit: 6: Financial System: Meaning, Functions and constituents. Concepts of Money Market,

Capital Market and Stock Market.

Books Recommended:

1. Suraj B. Gupdta: Monetary Economics, S. Chand and Co-Ltd.

2. RANA AND VERMA: MACROECONOMIC ANALYSIS, VISHAL PUBLICATIONS.

E 403 Indian Economy with Issues of North-East

Unit: 1: Trend and composition of National Income and Per-Capita Income of India and State

Domestic product of North-Eastern States, Increasing importance of the Tertiary sector.

Unit: 2: Role of Agriculture in the Economic development of India and Assam, Problems of

Agriculture in India with special reference to North-Eastern States, Impact of Land reform and

Green Revolution.

Unit: 3: Industrial progress and Industrial development strategy of India before and after

reforms.

Unit: 4: Natural resources of Assam, Demographic features of Assam- Trend of population

growth rate, Density of population, Occupational distribution, Literacy.

Unit: 5: Role, Problems and Development of Transport, Power and Communication of Assam.

Recommended Books:

1. Dutta and Sundaram: Indian Economy, S. Chand and Company Ltd.

2. P.K. DHAR: INDIAN ECONOMY- ITS GROWING DIMENSION, KALYANI PUBLISHER.

3. MISHRA AND PURI, INDIAN ECONOMY, S. CHAND AND COMPANY LTD.

4. BORDOLOI AND NEOG, ECONOMY OF THE NORTH-EAST, LBS PUBLICATION.

5. P.K. DHAR, THE ECONOMY OF ASSAM INCLUDING ECONOMY OF NORTH-EAST INDIA,

KALYANI PUBLISHER.

6. Statistical Hand Book of Assam (latest issues) NEC Publication.

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E 503 Public Finance

UNIT: 1: INTRODUCTION: DISTINCTION BETWEEN PUBLIC FINANCE AND PRIVATE FINANCE, PUBLIC

GOODS VS. PRIVATE GOODS.

Unit: 2: Public Revenue: Tax and non-tax revenue, Direct tax vs. indirect tax Ability- to-pay

principal of taxation, Shifting and incidence of taxation, Taxable Capacity, Effects of Taxation

on Production and Distribution, Rate structure in taxation.

Unit: 3: Public Expenditure: Effects of Public Expenditure on Production, Distribution and

economic stability. Role of public Expenditure in Developing Economy.

Unit: 4: Public Debt: Types of public debt, Redemption of public Debt, Burden of public Debt.

Unit: 5: Fiscal Policy: Main objectives.

Unit: 6: Government Budget: Capital and Revenue Budgets—Ideas of fiscal and revenue deficits

Recommended Books:

1. Choudhury, R.K.: Public Finance and Fiscal Policy, Kalyani Publichers.

2. ANDLEY, K.K. AND SUNDARAM, K.P.M: PUBLIC ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC FINANCE RATTAN

PRAKASHAN MANDIR.

E 504 Introductions to Growth and Development Economics

UNIT: 1: Growth: Meaning, Sources of Economic Growth.

Unit: 2: Development and Underdevelopment: Meaning Difference between Economic Growth

and Economic Development, measurement of Economic Development-GDP and PCI as

indicators of Development, HDI; causes of Underdevelopment.

Unit: 3: Development Theories: Cumulative Causation, balanced Growth and Unbalanced

Growth, Lewis Theory of Development with Unlimited Supply of Labour.

Unit: 4: Sectoral Development: Role of Agriculture and Industry in Economic Development,

Large versus Small Scale Industries. Choice of Technique:

LABOUR INTENSIVE VERSUS CAPITAL INTENSIVE TECHNIQUE.

Books Recommended:

1. Todaro and Smisth: Economic Development, Pearson Education.

2. TANEJA AND MYER: ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING, VISHAL PUBLISHING

CO.

3. Mishra and Puri: Growth and Development, Himalaya Publishing House.

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E 603 International Economics

Unit: 1: Introduction: Nature and Scope of International Economics, International Economics as

a distinct Branch of Economics, Basis of International Trade-Recardo’s Theory of International

Trade.

Unit: 2: Terms of Trade: Different Concepts of Trade.

Unit: 3: Balance of Payment: Structure of BoP, Accounting principle, Meaning of

Disequilibrium in BoP, Types and Causes of Disequilibrium, Measures sot Correct

Disequilibrium.

Unit: 4: Foreign Exchange Rates: Determination of Equilibrium Exchange Rates.

Unit: 5: International Institutions: Objectives of IMF and IBRD.

Books Recommended:

1. Dominick Salvatore: International Economics, Wiley India.

2. FRANCIS CHERUNILAM: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, TATA MC GRAW-HILL.

E 604 Planning and Development in India

UNIT: 1: Basic Features of Indian Economy as a Developing Economy. Concept of Planning,

Rationale for Planning, Types of Planning (only concepts), Broad strategies, Goals,

Achievements and Failures of Indian Planning, Role of Planning in Post-liberalization period.

Unit: 2: Features and Consequences of Economic globalization, Trend, Composition and

Direction of Foreign trade in India, FDI and FPI in India.

Unit: 3: DECENTRALIZED PLANNING IN ASSAM, ROLE OF NEC, LOOK –EAST POLICY.

Unit: 4: POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMMES IN INDIA.

Recommended Books:

1. Dutta and Sundaram: Indian Economy, S. Chand and Company Ltd.

2. P.K. DHAR: INDIAN ECONOMY –ITS GROWING DIMENSION, KALYANI PUBLISHER.

3. MISHRA AND PURI, INDIAN ECONOMY, S.CHAND AND COMPANY LTD.

4. BORDOLOI AND NEOG, ECONOMY OF THE NORTH-EAST, LBS PUBLICATION.

5. P.K. DHAR, THE ECONOMY OF ASSAM INCLUDING ECONOMY OF NORTH-EAST INDIA,

KALYANI PUBLISHER.

6. Statistical Hand Book of Assam (latest issues) NEC Publication.

 

 

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