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Income Tax Policy

There can be an alternative perspective to the questions raised about the tax system by the Economic Survey 2015-16. Within the limits of the present tax regime, the number of taxpayers cannot be significantly larger than at present. Further, while tax incentives provide benefits only to those liable to pay taxes, a criticism of such incentives as "pro-rich" needs to also address the question of whether the incentives serve the purpose for which they have been provided.

Corporate Taxes and Exemptions

In the Budget Speech the finance minister announced a phased reduction in the rate of corporate tax alongside a removal of exemptions. What is likely to be the differential impact on large and small companies, those reporting large profi ts and those recording small profits? Will this be an opportunity to address concerns which make firms seek exemptions? That apart, Budget 2015-16 has announced a bunch of more incentives and concessions.

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Social Science Enquiry-Econometric Methods and Interdisciplinarity

Social Science Enquiry Econometric Methods and Interdisciplinarity Introduction THIS is an essay on selected methods lor social science enquiry. We have taken econometrics and raised issues regarding inierdtsaplinaruy, with illustrations from ethnography in order to bring home what seem to be increasing divergences in methods to study essentially the same problem: the human condition or behaviour. One increasingly finds that a singular approach, for example, economic theory postulating relationships among economic variables alone, will remain incomplete since a purely economic1 being could not exist. Rather, a holistic encompassing economic, social, ethnographic approach is essential to understand fully the determinants of human behaviour in the context of social sciences. Social sciences are not natural sciences and all branches of the former must recogise this fundamental aspect. Otherwise, any approach to enquiry would fall short of finding meaningful answers to the questions that are set out to be addressed.

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