Basic Concepts in Economics 1) Production: Any economic activity directed towards the satisfaction of human wants is known as production

. The production of goods and services is necessary for the existence of an economy. The level of production in any economy is the best measure of its performance, living standards of its people and the extent of technological development and growth. It includes both the manufacturing of material goods as well as the provision of services. The production of electrical and electronic goods, automobiles etc and the work of teachers, doctors, lawyers etc are all production in the economic sense. 2) Consumption: The act of satisfying one’s wants is called consumption. Goods and services are produced only because human wants need to be satisfied. No one will produce if there is no consumption. The quality and quantity of consumption reflects the levels of income and employment in an economy. 3) Investment: Investment is the addition made to the existing total stock of capital. The amount to make investment is coming from saving and this saving is the unspent income. Income comes from employment. An economy can grow only if it saves something from its present consumption and invests it again in the production process. It adds to the productive capacity of an economy. 4) Goods: Anything that can satisfy human wants is called goods in economics. While services also satisfy human wants, the difference is that goods are tangible and visible but services are intangible and invisible. Goods can be of various types. They can be free goods or economic goods, transferable, private or public and so on.

Utility: The want satisfying capacity of a commodity is called its utility or the power of a commodity to satisfy human wants is called utility. Utility is subjective that is it does not lie in the good but is a function of the consumer’s mind. Utility of good changes with the change in conditions and circumstances. There are three main forms of utility-form utility, place utility and time utility. Value: The commodity which has utility and possesses the condition of scarcity and transferability, then it has value. For example air has utility but it is abundant and a free resource, it has no value in economic sense. Likewise rotten eggs are scarce and transferable but possess no utility, they also don’t have value. A television since it possesses utility and is scarce as well as transferable has value. Price: Value of a commodity expressed in terms of money is called price. In modern times, goods are exchanged for money; the value of a commodity is its price. Wealth: Anything that has value is called wealth. In economics; wealth does not only refer to money, but to all goods that have value. Wealth includes material wealth and human wealth (education, health, knowledge etc) Income: The amount of money which wealth yields is known as income. Thus, wealth is a stock concept while income is a flow concept. That is wealth is valued at a particular point of time and income is measured over a period of time particularly a year. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) When we take the sum total of values of output of goods and services in the country, without adding net factor incomes received from abroad, the figure so obtained is called Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP = C+I+G

GNP may be defined as the aggregate market value of all final goods and services produced during a given year. The concept of final goods and services stands for finished goods and services, ready for consumption of households and firms, and exclude raw materials, semi-finished goods and such other intermediary products. More clearly, all sales to households, business investment expenditure, and all government expenditures are obviously regarded as final goods. In an open economy (an economy which has economic relationship with the rest of the world in the form of trade, remittances, investment etc-all economies are open economies), GNP may be obtained by adding up: 1) The value of all consumption goods which are currently produced 2) The value of all capital goods produced which is defined as Gross Investment. Gross Investment, in the real sense, here implies the increase in inventories plus gross products of buildings and equipments. It, thus, includes the provision for the consumption of capital assets, i.e., depreciation or replacement allowances. 3) The value of government services which are measured in terms of governmental expenditure on various goods and services for rendering certain services to the benefit of the entire community. 4) The value of net exports, viz, the difference between total exports and total imports of the nation. This value may be positive or negative. 5) The net amount earned abroad. This represents the difference between the income received by the nationals from abroad minus the income remitted by the foreigners working in India. GNP at market price, thus, represents: GNP= C+I+G+(X-M)+(R-P),

Where. trade. real estate. public administration and other services.The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSP). railway. and P stands for income remitted by foreigners. forestry and logging and fishing. ownership of dwellings and business services. In this classification primary sector includes agriculture. X stands for exports. The secondary sector includes manufacturing (registered and un-registered manufacturing). hotels and restaurants. R stands for income receipts from abroad. gas and water supply. electricity. storage and communication. secondary sector (manufacturing. construction. I stands for capital goods/ or gross investment. construction etc) and service sector or tertiary sector activities (transport and communication etc). The Sectors of the Economy The economic activities of an economy is classified mainly into three primary sector economic activities (agriculture and allied). Tertiary sector or service sector includes transport. M stands for imports. In Indian economy the contribution of primary sector is less than 20 per cent . Government of India has been publishing National Accounts Statistics annually classifying the Indian economy into three sectors and re-classifying the sectors into various sub sectors. banking and insurance. G stands for government services. C stands for consumption goods.

poor public delivery systems. declining institutional credit to agriculture etc all these are burning issues of India’s farm sector. vast agricultural land and in this land we can cultivate all most all crops sufficiently to meet the requirements of our growing population. agriculture and rural economy. But now the present situations of India like poor state of our education. The contribution of service sector to the national economy is nearly 60 per cent. malnutrition and high infant mortality rate are burning issues to be addressed urgently. The area under irrigation has been almost constant for the last several years. But in Kerala it is around 10 per cent and in Kerala we have a stagnant manufacturing sector.and the agriculture share in national GDP is reducing even though 58 per cent of India’s labour force still engaged in agriculture and allied activities. high poverty ratio. Functions of Money The functions of money can be classified as follows. increasing amenities in urban India and not much in rural India where more than 70 per cent of the population lives etc are some disturbing facts to those who hold ‘Indian Economic Miracle’ theory. 1) Money as a medium of exchange . public health. lack of infrastructural facilities. At the national level the contribution of manufacturing sector is around 18 per cent and it is almost constant for the last so many years. This is a serious issue in the rural life of India. still high illiteracy rate. poor amenities in rural areas and urban slums. The agrarian sector has been facing serious crisis and to a greater extent it is structural and institutional. Sharp decline of agriculture in value-added terms to GDP. There are serious disparities in the growth rates of agriculture. manufacturing and service sectors of the Indian economy. We have good demographic advantage. declining capital expenditure by the public sector in agriculture.

for such exchange to take place. In earlier periods we had been following barter system. Money customarily serves as a common unit of account or measure of value in terms of which the values of all goods and services are expressed.e. 2) Money as a Unit of Account. purchasing power is transacted from one person to another. This is because the value of money is not something intrinsic to it. members of the public can hold their wealth in the form of money. But most of the time. Barter system means exchanging goods for goods. This makes possible meaninigful accounting systems by adding up the values of a wide variety of goods and services whose physical quantities are measured in different units 3) Money as a Standard of Differed Payment Money also serves as a standard or unit in terms of which deferred or future payments are stated. the use of money as a medium of exchange . rents. but a social phenomenon.Large fluctuations in the value of money (inflation or deflation) make money not only a poor measure of value. pensions etc. 3) Money as a Store of Value Money also serves as a store of value i. but also a poor standard of deferred payment. This makes monetary management for the stable value of money socially very important.. there must occur a double coincidence of wants. This function is derived from the use of money as a medium of exchange in a two-fold manner. salaries. Money has general acceptability and purchasing power so it can act as a medium of exchange. First. That is each party to the exchange must have precisely what the other party requires.The basic function of money in an economy is to act as a medium of exchange. and in an appropriate quantity and at the time required. When money is transacted. The use of money as a common medium of exchange has facilitated exchange greatly. This applies to payments of interest.

Money is everywhere and for everything in the modern economic life. Money and Consumption Money enables a consumer to generalize his purchasing power. Money provides freedom of choice of consumption. Money and Production The introduction of money has made present day mass production possible. The consumer’s sovereignty can be expressed through money spending. production. Significance of Money in Modern Economic Life Money occupies a central position in our modern economy. It enables him to canalize his purchasing power and get what he wants. production on a large scale would be impossible. exchange and distribution. It gives him command over a wide variety of goods. Every branch of economic activity in a money economy is basically different from what it would have been in a barter economy. Money has created a far reaching effect on all facets of economic activities.decomposes a single barter transaction into two separate transactions of purchase and sale. as also on public finance and economic welfare. Money and the price mechanism help a consumer to allocate his income over goods in such a way so that he derives maximum satisfaction from his consumption. In fact. consumption. it is money through its immense purchasing power that makes a consumer sovereign in a capitalist economy. Without money. Money has become the religion of the day in the ordinary business of life. The benefits of money in production are as follows .

. Money is the basis of the pricing mechanism through which economic activities are adjusted. It is with the help of money that the shares of different factors of production are properly adjusted. Money and Exchange. In fact. Money facilitates trade by serving as a medium of exchange. all calculated in terms of money. so that he can produce and supply accordingly. it is simple matter to ascertain the market price in terms of monetary units. with the cost of production and selling prices together with the resulting profit. interests and profits which are all measured and distributed in terms of money. In a money economy. 6) Money helps the producer to discover through the price mechanism what buyers want and how much they want.1) Money has made extreme division of labour possible. rapid exchange in a modern economic system is possible because of money. Intensive specialization is necessary for large scale production. Money provides a basis for supporting more complex methods of organizing production. Entrepreneurs are concerned. 4) Money has facilitated borrowing and lending and these are essential in present day production. while planning their production activities. Money overcomes the difficulties of a barter system of exchange. Money and Distribution. 2) Money is the very essential for modern enterprise. Money eases the process of distribution of factors rewards like wages. Thus. Credit is the main pillar of modern business. 3) The use of money enables a producer to concentrate on the organization of the production process. money has changed the basic characteristics of production. 5) Money is the most liquid and general form of capital which is highly mobile between different regions and industries.

Government receives income in the form of taxes. Inflation means persistent rise in the general level of prices. of the present day free enterprise or capitalists system possible. Inflation is a long . government plays a very important role. Here money comes to the rescue. The growth of money economy has made the growth of economic liberalism and.Accounting. Money. In recent times. etc and uses this income for administrative and developmental purposes. a country’s monetary system should be operated in such a manner as to maintain high levels of employment and avoidance of business fluctuations. Inflation Inflation is commonly understood as a situation of substantial and rapid general increase in the price level and consequent fall the value of money over a period of time. Money and Public Finance In a modern economy. Further. plays an important role in the shaping of the economic life of a country. But the great magnitude of public revenues and public expenditure in a modern state would become impossible without money. For better performance of an economy. thus. prices of public utility services. fiscal devices like public borrowing and deficit financing for economic development can be adopted only in a monetary economy. hence. the fiscal policy of a government acquired very great importance in economic life. In fact the pattern of economic life has changed in accordance with the changes in the economic progress. since economic activities can be regulated through budgetary operations that are facilitated by the institutions of money. fees. receiving and storing of its share of income by any factor-unit in kind is most inconvenient.

The behaviour of general prices is measured through price indices. .The behaviour of general prices is measured through price indices. Inflation is a long term operating dynamic process. By and large. inflation is also a monetary phenomenon. inflation is also a monetary phenomenon.The trend of price indices reveals the course of inflation or deflation in the economy. Professor Samuelson defines “Inflation occurs when the general level of prices and costs is rising”. prices are rising”. Inflation means persistent rise in the general level of prices. It is usually characterized by an overflow of money and credit. Crowther defines inflation as “a state in which the value of money is falling. In fact. INFLATION Inflation is commonly understood as a situation of substantial and rapid general increase in the price level and consequent fall the value of money over a period of time. the root cause of inflation is the expansion of money supply beyond the normal absorbing capacity of the economy.ie. It is usually characterized by an overflow of money and credit. the root cause of inflation is the expansion of money supply beyond the normal absorbing capacity of the economy.. In fact. Crowther defines inflation as “a state in which the value of money is falling.ie.. prices are rising”.term operating dynamic process. By and large.The trend of price indices reveals the course of inflation or deflation in the economy. Professor Samuelson defines “Inflation occurs when the general level of prices and costs is rising”.

or it is a single digit annual inflation rate. it is considered to be moderate inflation in the present day economy. so that in a year it rises to about 130 per cent times.100 or 200 per cent a year. On different grounds. Running inflation may record more than 100 per cent rise in prices over a decade. Thus. running inflation occurs. Galloping inflation is really a serious problem. When the rate of inflation is less than 10 per cent annually. It is regarded as stable inflation in which the relative prices do not get far out of line.According to the rate inflation there are four types of inflation. When prices are rising at double or triple digit rates of 20. It does not disrupt the economic balance. Two Types of Inflation on the Basis of Cause of Origin: They are Demand Pull Inflation and Cost Push Inflation. the situation may be described as galloping inflation. economists have classified inflation into various types. It occurs when prices are rising slowly.Types of Inflation. running inflation emerges. 1) Moderate Inflation 2) Running Inflation 3) Galloping Inflation 4) Hyper Inflation Moderate inflation is a mild and tolerable form of inflation.Hyper inflation is a monetary disease. When the movement of price accelerates rapidly.There is at least a 50 per cent price rise in a month. when prices rise by more than 10 per cent a year. . In the case of hyper inflation prices rise is very severe. It is over 1000 per cent per year. It causes economic distortions and disturbances.

They appeared largely in refutation of the demand-pull theories of inflation and three important common ingredients of such theories are 1) that the upward push in costs is autonomous of the demand conditions in the concerned market 2) that the push forces operate through . or full employment. where labour intensive techniques are commonly used. COST PUSH INFLATION Cost push inflation or cost inflation is induced by the wage-inflation process. in the first place. Theories of cost-push inflation (also called sellers’ or mark-up inflation) came to be put forward after the mid-1950s. In the excess-demand theories of inflation. Demand-pull or just demand inflation may be defined as a situation where the total monetary demand persistently exceeds total supply of real goods and services at current prices. so that prices are pulled upwards by the continuous upward shift of the aggregate demand function. or potential. This is especially true for a Country like India. Causes of Demand-pull inflation are 4) Increase in Public Expenditure 2) Increase in Investment 3) Increase in money supply. output (at the going price level). prices rise in response to an excess of aggregate demand over existing supply of goods and services. The demand-pull theorists point out that inflation (demand-pull) might be caused.Demand Pull Inflation: According to the demand-pull theory. by an increase in the quantity of money. It is also called excess-demand inflation. excess demand means aggregate real demand for output in excess of maximum feasible.

material-cost push inflation. profitpush inflation. prices are based on costs.some important cost component such as wages. 3) Expansion of Bank Credit: Rapid expansion of bank credit is also responsible for the inflationary trend in a country. in turn . If supply of commodities are short.It has been said that a rise in wages causing arise in prices may . profits (mark up). The Central Bank (India’s RBI) should maintain a balance between money supply and production and supply of goods and services in the economy.Expansion of Money Supply: Many a times a remarkable degree of correlation between the increase in money and rise in the price level may be observed. Money supply exceeds the availability of goods and services in the economy. or inflation of a mixed variety in which several push factors reinforce each other and that the increase in costs is passed on to buyers of goods in the form of higher prices. a rise in wages leads to a rise in the total cost of production and a consequent rise in the price level. increased demand will lead to increase in price and inflation. cost-push inflation can have the forms of wage-push inflation. it would lead to inflation. Accordingly. (Graphs of demand pull and cost push inflation) Causes of Inflation 1) Over. Thus. generate an inflationary spiral because an increase would motivate the workers to demand more wages. because fundamentally. and not absorbed by producers. . or materials cost. 2) Increase in Population: Increase in population leads to increased demand for goods and services.

infrastructural bottlenecks and foreign exchange bottlenecks. entrepreneurial bottlenecks. it would lead to shortage of foodgrains. The high doses of deficit financing which may cause reckless spending. 8) High Administrative Pricing Other reasons are capital bottleneck. which causes excess demand and a rise in prices. They find that the value of their inventories and stock of goods is rising in money terms. Prices tend to rise on account of high excise duties imposed by the Government on raw materials and essentials. 7) Poor Performance of Farm Sector: If agricultural production especially foodgrains production is very low. 5) High Indirect Taxes: Incidence of high commodity taxation.4) Deficit Financing: Deficit financing means spending more than revenue. They also find that prices are rising faster than the costs of production. . may also contribute to the growth of the inflationary spiral in a country. so that their profit is greatly enhanced. In this case government of India accepts more amount of money from the Reserve Bank India (RBI) to spend for undertaking public projects and only the government of India can practice deficit financing in India. will lead to inflation. Black money encourages lavish spending. 6) Black Money: It is widely condemned that black money in the hands of tax evaders and black marketers as an important source of inflation in a country. EFFECTS OF INFLATION 1) Effects of Inflation on Business Community: Inflation is welcomed by entrepreneurs and businessmen because they stand to profit by rising prices.

they seldom win the race. cost and availability of money supply. the cost of living index rises. lose during inflation. However. Since wages do not rise at the same rate and at the same time as the general price level. 4) Investors: Those who invest in debentures and fixed-interest bearing securities.earners. devices for decreasing or increasing the supply of money and credit for monetary stability is called monetary policy.Monetary and Fiscal Measures. can chase galloping prices. Monetary policy is a policy of money supply influencing the quantity. The Central bank’s monetary management methods. MEASURES TO CONTROL INFLATION The measures to control inflation can be broadly divided into TWO. Although wage. investors in equities benefit because more dividend is yielded on account of high profit made by joint-stock companies during inflation. by the grace of trade unions. 3) Farmers: Farmers usually gain during inflation. Inflation is primarily a monetary phenomenan.Hence.2) Fixed Income Groups: Inflation hits wage-earners and salaried people very hard. Central Banks generally use the three quantitative measures namely: . etc. bonds. the most logical solution to check inflation is to check the flow money supply by devising appropriate monetary policy and carefully implementing monetary measures. because they can get better prices for their harvest during inflation. 5) Inflation will lead to deterioration of gross domestic savings and less capital formation in the economy and less long term economic growth rate of the economy. and the real income of the wage earner decreases.

During the period of falling prices (deflation) central banks reduces bank rate to increase money supply. the RBI buys all the unsold stock of new government loans at the end of the subscription period and thereafter keeps them on sale in the market on its own account.At a low rate of interest. investors find it much attractive to borrow money and make investment. In its capacity as the government’s banker and as the manager of public debt. RBI is empowered to impose statutorily ‘Cash Reserve Ratio’ (CRR) on commercial banks anywhere between 3 per cent and 15 per cent of the net demand and . Such purchases of government securities by the RBI are not genuine market purchases but constitute only an internal arrangement between the government and the RBI whereby the new government loans are sold not directly by the government but through the RBI as its agent. When bank rates are hiked by the Central bank as a follow up of this increased bank rate. Bank rate is hiked during the period of inflation to reduce money supply. commercial banks reduce rate of interest.1) Bank Rate Policy 2) Open Market Operations 3) Variable Reserve Ratio 1) Bank Rate Policy: Bank rate is the rate at which Central Bank lends loans and advances to commercial banks. commercial banks hike the rate of interest. 2) Open market Operations: Open market Operation means open buying and selling of government securities by the Central Bank for the Central Government.As follow up. 3) Variable Reserve Ratio: Under the existing law enacted in 1956. In India the term ‘opens market operations’ stands for the purchase and sale of government securities by the RBI from/to the public and banks on its own account.

Consequently. Fiscal policy intervention areas are taxation. and prices fall. So to reduce the prices of goods and services widely used by common people and intermediate goods. Deflation Deflation is just opposite of inflation.time liabilities. It is the authority of the RBI to vary the minimum CRR which makes the variable reserve ratio a tool of monetary control. It may be noted that the RBI pays interest to banks on the additional required reserves over the minimum CRR of 3 per cent.It also leads to increase in money supply.So during the period of inflation. Inflation means a general rise in prices. public expenditure. deflation is a condition of falling prices. To control inflation policy should be directed to reduce the price level and control excess money supply. In short. the value of money goes up. First measure is reducing indirect taxes. output and income. the indirect taxes should be reduced. Fiscal Policy Fiscal policy is the policy of the government implementing through the government treasuries. High indirect taxes lead to increase in the prices of goods and services. Increased public expenditure leads to increase in the level of economic activities and more income to people. we should reduce excess public spending/public expenditure. Deflation is that state of falling prices when the output of work by productive agents increases relatively to money income. . subsidies and deficit financing. It is essentially a matter of falling prices. Deflation arises when the total expenditure of the community is not equal to the value of output at existing prices. accompanied by the decreasing level of employment. borrowing.

To his famous treatise. Wealth Definition The early classical economists defined economics mainly as a study of wealth. It means economics investigates into the nature of wealth and the laws of production and distribution. So Adam Smith is rightly called the “Father of Economics” and pioneer of Classical Economics. there is no concensus among economists about a precise definition of economics. Although there is a plethora of definitions. Adma Smith gave the suggestive tittle ‘An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of Wealth of Nations’.Definitions of Economics The book of Adam Smith “An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of Wealth of Nations” popularly known as Wealth of Nations. Criticism of wealth Definition 1) Too much Emphasis on wealth : Literary writers and religious leaders strongly voiced their protest against the study of economics because of its too much attachment to wealth. Stock Exchange: Stock exchange is a place where second-hand securities are bought and sold.Adam Smith treated economics as political economy and therefore emphasized the importance of wealth from a national angle . laid the strong foundation for the growth of Economics.Stock exchange is essential for industrial development and a developed stock exchange is one of the features of a developed industrialized country. published in the year 1776. The atmosphere of the Industrial Revolution marked by unprecedented material prosperity and accumulation of wealth should naturally justify the scope which these economists assigned to economics.

published in 1890.furniture etc. affection. 3) Concept of Economic Man: Classical wealth definition was based mainly upon the assumption of an ‘economic man’ who had no consideration for love.His definition shifted the emphasis from wealth to human welfare. material goods only.teachers. So Marshall gave welfare definition to economics in his classic work ‘Principles of Economics’. an economic man was supposed to give attention to economic activities only. radio. material wealth and human wealth.But in reality human behaviour cannot be properly understood and analysed unless the other motives are also given due weightage. According to him wealth is simply a means to and an end in all activities. . sympathy. patriotism etc.Non-material services of drivers.In other words. Welfare Definition Adam Smith’s wealth definition made economics a dismal science.Alfred Marshall was the first neo-classical economist to rescue economics from ridicule. 4) No Mention of man’s Welfare: Wealth definition explains the wealth-getting and spending activities of man It pays no attention to the equity principle which is of paramount importance to maximize the welfare of the society.2) Restricted Meaning of Wealth: The classical definition considered wealth as. 5) Economic Problem: Wealth definition is silent over the basic economic problem of meeting unlimited wants with scarce means. condemnation and misunderstanding.But in modern days wealth denotes both goods and services. the central problem of economics is not at all touched by wealth definition. like table. the end being human welfare. singers.professors etc are not taken as wealth.In other words.

But they are not conducive to human welfare. there are certain material activities which do not promote welfare. Criticism of Welfare Definition 1) Material and Non-Material Welfare: Lionel Robbins begins his attack by pointing out that economists should not narrow down the scope of economics by confining their attention to the study of material welfare alone. do promote welfare and such welfare may be termed as non-material welfare. actors. The services of teachers. and the other and more important side. economics is concerned with the causes of material welfare. a part of the study of man. . place to place and time to time.” He adds that economics is on the one side a study of wealth. The above mentioned services have much economic significance because they are scarce in relation in relation to demand and possess value. Therefore. 3) Welfare cannot be measured: The neo-classical economists’s idea of welfare is based on cardinal utility. That is Marshall gave primary importance to man and secondary importance to wealth. According to Robbins. lawyers etc. The manufacturers of intoxicants such as wine and opium are certainly economic activities.Marshall defines “economics is a study of man kind in the ordinary business of life. For the neo-classical economists. the concept of welfare based on measurable utility is elusive in character. It varies from person to person. 2) Objection to material: Robbins objects not only to the word ‘material’ but also to the very idea of ‘welfare’. But utility is a psychological entity which cannot be measured. it examines that part of individual and social action which is almost closely connected with the attainment and with the use of the material well being. singers.

When one want is satisfied another crops up.Lionel Robbins formulated his own conception of economics in his book “ The Nature and Significance of Economic Science” published in 1932. Some wants are inborn but others are acquired through customs and conventions.According to Marshall. the question of choice will not arise. 1) Unlimited Wants: “Ends” refers to human wants which are boundless but the resources available to satisfy these wants are limited.The central problem in economics. 3) Alternative Uses of Scarce Means: Economic resources are not only scarce but are also versatile.4) Economics is a Social Science: Robbins disputed the Marshallian conception of economics as a social science. We may use land for raising crops or for . Scarcity Definition After rejecting the materialist definition of Marshall. The external world does not offer full opportunities for their complete achievement.The study of man as they live and move and think in the ordinary business of life. If things are available in abundance just like free goods. In the words of Lionel Robbins. the economic problem will not arise. “Economics is the science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends and scarce means which have alternative uses. according to Robbins is the allocation of scarce means among alternative ends. 2) Scarcity of Means: The resources (time or money) at the disposal of a person to satisfy his wants are limited. If the resources cannot be put to alternative uses. the activities of an individual living in seclusion like a Himalayan Sadhu or Robinson Crusoe fall outside the orbit of economics.” He deduced his definition from our fundamental characteristics of human existence.Robbins on the other hand regards economics as a human science.

2) Not Applicable to Underdeveloped Countries: Robbins definition provides no solution to the problems of underdeveloped countries. we must give up others. The credit for revolutionizing the study of economics surely goes . We cannot do both. or unutilized. 4) The Economic Problem: When the means at the disposal of a person are limited and the resources can be put to several uses and when wants can be graded on the basis of intensity.building houses. a noted American economist in his book. Growth Definition Economics has now become a fastly growing discipline in the field of social science and its scope and significance have widened from mere a value theory or a theory of resource allocation. but they are either under utilized. states that scarcity is not a problem in America. If we choose one thing.Professor John Kenneth Galbraith. A peculiar feature of many under developed countries is that the resources are not scarce. So that the conventional scarcity idea has only little relevance. In order to make choice scientific. But economic problems may also arise due to plenty rather than scarcity as had happened during the great depression of 1930s. some form of pricing process is inevitable. Thus the choosing of one is at the cost of another. Criticism of Scarcity Definition Robbins’ definition is based on two foundation stones-multiplicities of wants and scarcity of means. economic problem arises due to scarcity.” The Affluent Society”. the behaviour necessarily takes the form of choice. 1) Economics of Abundance: According to Robbins. Robbins simply assumes the resources as given and analysed their allocation among alternatives uses.

it is applicable even in a barter economy where money measurement is not possible. to employ scarce productive resources that could have alternative uses to produce various commodities and distribute them for consumption. Therefore. Production Possibility Curve shows the menu of choice along which a society can choose to substitute one good . it is an improvement over Robbins’ scarcity definition.to Lord JM Keynes. Human wants are unlimited and the economic resources to satisfy these unlimited human wants are scarce or limited. “Economics is the study of how people and society end up choosing. among various persons or groups in society. Secondly. Keynes defined economics as the study of the administration of scarce resources and the determinants of income and employment. the every society faced with the basic problem of choosing and allocating its scarce resources among alternative uses. Thus we may conclude that though in a sense it is similar to Robbins’ definition. Economics analyses the costs and the benefits of improving patterns of resource use”. Firstly. now or in the future. Production Possibility Curve The concept of production possibility curve was introduced by Professor Samuelson.The set of problems facing in every economic system can be clearly analysed with the tool of production possibility curve. the inclusion of time element makes the scope of economics dynamic. Professor Paul. with or without the use of money.A Samuelson has given a definition based on Growth aspects which is known as the Growth Definition. this definition possesses universality in its application. Thirdly.

for another assuming a given state of technology and given total resources. The production possibility curve illustrates three concepts: scarcity, choice and opportunity cost. Modern economy produces thousands of products, and therefore choices before us are complex. In order to reduce the problem to its simplest form we consider the economy in which two goods ‘butter’ and ‘guns’ are produced with the available resources and technology. Production Possibility Curve is based on the following Assumptions: 1) Only two goods x (butter) and y (guns) are produced in the economy. 2) There is full employment of resources. 3) The resources are fixed in quantity. But they can be re-allocated from the production of one commodity to that of another. 4) The state of technology is given and constant. 5) The time period is short

Law of Supply The law of supply states that the functional relationship between price and the quantity offered for sale. The law of supply states, other things remaining same, the higher the price, the greater will be the willingness of sellers to make a product available. At higher prices, more sellers are interested in producing the product, and each existing seller wants to sell more.The opposite holds good when prices decline. Factors Determining the Supply of a Commodity The supply of a commodity depends upon the following factors.

1) Different firms may follow different objectives.Some firms may be interested in maximizing profit, while others may be interested in sales or revenue maximization or satisfying etc.The amount of commodity supplied is often influenced by the objectives of the firm.Normally, sales maximization firm’s output will be greater than the profit maximization firm’s output. 2) State of Technology: Technical improvements reduce the costs of production enbling a shifting a shifting of the supply curve to the right.Similarly, obstacles in the existing technology increases costs of production, forcing a shift in the supply curve to the left. A constant state of technology keeps the supply at the existing level. 3) Political Disturbances: Political disturbances may destabilize trade and thus create a scarcity for certain kinds of goofs’ 4) Government Policy: Any change in government’s policy would affect the production sector and thereby the supply of goods and services in the market. The government policy related to tax and subsidy will have serious impact on the production and supply of goods and services in the market.

Law of Demand

Meaning of Demand Demand is essential for the Creation, Survival and Profitability of a firm. It is essential to distinguish between demand and desire. A beggar’s demand for a Maruti car is only s desire and does not constitute a demand. A miser may possess enough money but he may not be willing to spend it. In this case also desire will not be called demand. Therefore, demand is not merely a wish or desire but an effective demand, this is, desire backed by purchasing power and willingness to buy.

Demand has the following Four characteristics 1) Price: Demand is always related to price. It is meaningless to say that demand for refrigerator in the market is one thousand. The person must state the price at which the consumer is prepared to purchase the said quantity of the commodity. 2) Time: Demand always means demand per unit of time, per day, per week, per month or per year. 3) Market: demand is always related to the market. Market here simply refers to the contact between buyers and sellers. There is no need for a definite geographical area. 4) Amount: Demand is always a specific quantity which a consumer is willing to purchase. It is not an approximation, but is to be expressed numerically.

Demand Schedule: A demand schedule is a list of prices and corresponding quantities. Since the demand schedule obeys the law of demand, price and quantity demanded vary inversely The following is the hypothetical demand schedule of an individual.

Types of Demand: There are three kinds of demand,

1) Price Demand 2) Income Demand 3) Cross Demand

2) Income Demand: Income refers to the various quantities of a commodity that a consumer would purchase at a given time in a market at various levels of income. Determinants of Demand . Law of Demand: The inverse relationship between the price of a commodity and its quantity demanded per unit of time is referred to as the law of demand. 1) No change in the consumers’ income.1) Price Demand: Price demand refers to the various quantities of a commodity that a consumer would purchase at a given time in the market at various hypothetical prices. 6) The commodity in question is not one which has a prestige value. when we say “other things being equal” we assume. In the words of Prof. Samuelson. 2) No change in the prices of substitutes and complements 3) No change in consumers taste and preferences 4) No new substitutes for the goods have been discovered 5) People do not feel that the present fall in price is a preclude to a further decline in prices.” The phrase “other things being equal” is an important qualification. 3) Cross Demand: The relationship between the prices of a substitute or complements and the quantity purchased of a related commodity is called cross demand. “Law of demand states that people will buy more at lower prices and buy less at higher prices. other things remaining the same.

According to D. The fashion among ladies to keep their hair long or short brings about changes in demand for their hair-pins. 3) Channges in Income and Distribution of income: An increase in family income increases the demand for durables like video recorders and refrigerators. More over. it may increase the demand for goods consumed by the poor people. Similarly if tastes have deteriorated for a product. if income in a country is evenly redistributed by taking the rich and transferring it to raise the income of the poor.The various determinants of demand are listed as follows.If a commodity becomes more fashionable a larger quantity of it may be bought at the old price or even at a slightly higher price.The demand curve then shift to the right. 1) Changes in Tastes and Fashions: The demand for some goods and services is very susceptible to changes in tastes and fashions. less of it will be deamanded without any rise in its price.Rumours that the government is going to levy fresh taxes on a particular good may push the in favour of purchasing more of that commodity alone.S Watson a change in demand is caused by changes in income . 4) Changes in expectations: Expectations also bring about a change in demand.. .The demand curve in such a case shifts to the left. tastes and prices of substitutes and complements. hair-nets etc. 2) Changes in Weather : An unusually dry summer results in a decrease in the demand for umbrellas.

The demand for such commodities will decrease. real income also increases. 9) Advertisement: In advanced capitalist countries advertising is a powerful instrument affecting the demand in the market. the demand for all commodities tends to increase. The demand will therefore decrease. If the income goes to the rich. if rebates and subsidies are given as in the case of consumer products during festival seasons. 7) A Change in Real Income: As money income increases. the demand will increase. during times of depression there is a general slackening of demand. 10) Taxation and subsidy: If fresh taxes are levied or the existing rates of taxation on commodities are increased.Cars. On the other hands. demand does not increase as much as it increases when such income benefits go to the poor. consumers will have to their expenditure pattern so that the demand for certain products will have to be reduced and for others stimulated.The simple reason is that the marginal propensity to consume of the rich is less than that of the poor. houses etc will increase.5) Changes in Savings: Savings and demand are inversely related. MEANING OF PRODUCTION .If the marginal propensity to save becomes high the amount available for consumption will become less. 8) Consumer Credit Policy: With a liberalization in the credit policy of the banks or the hire purchase system adopted by companies. 12) Change in Population:The demand for goods and services depend on population.As population increases demand increases and vice versa. 11) Change in the value of money:During times of inflation. the demand for VCRs. their prices go up. 6) State of Trade Activity: During the periods of boom and prosperity. Therefore. On the contrary. the prices will rise.

labour.Any change in technology may alter output.Hicks. Land or building would get rent as its reward. even when the quantities inputs remain fixed. land. According to Prof. 1) It must be considered with reference to a particular period of time. 1957 The production function shows only the physical relationship between inputs and output. 2) It is determined by the state of technology.Clark. but says nothing about the optimal combination of inputs.For engaging in economic activity. Two things must be noted when we discuss production function. Knowledge is the only instrument of production that is not subject to diminishing returns – J.M. The act of utility creation is possible by transforming inputs into output.capital would get profit and organizer would get profit as the reward. Law of Returns to Scale The law of returns to scale examines the relationship between output and the scale of inputs in the long-run when all the inputs are increased in the same proportion.” Production is an activity of converting inputs into out put with the help of technology or mode of production. In production process we use four factors of production ie. . these factors would get rewards. “production is any activity directed to the satisfaction of the people’s wants through exchange.labour would get wage / salary.In economic terminology ‘production’ implies creation of utility for sales.capital and organization.

constant retuns to scale and decreasing Increasing Returns to Scale . 4) Returns are measured in physical terms. Depending on whether the proportionate change in output exceeds. the production returns to scale. equals or is decrease in proportionate to the change in both the inputs. classified as increasing returns to scale.Assumptions This law is based on the following assumptions 1)All factors are variable but the enterprise is fixed. 2) There is no change in technology 3) Perfect competition prevails in the market. First phase is increasing returns to scale Second phase is constant returns to scale Third phase is diminishing returns to scale. Three Phases of the Law of Returns to Scale.

A production function showing constant retuns to scale is often called ‘Linear and Homogeneous’ or ‘Homogeneous of the first Degree’. 3) Managerial economies. a) Dimentional economies.2) economies flowing from indivisibility 3)Economies of specialization 4) Technical economies.The Cobb-Douglas production function evolved by the American economists Cobb and Douglas is a linear and homogeneous production function. Constant Returns to Scale: As a firm continues to expand. There are decreasing returns to scale when the percentage increase in output is less than the percentage increase in .Increasing returns to scale arises due to the following reasons.It is referred to as the economy of organization in the earlier stages of production. internal and external. Diminishing Returns to Scale When a business firm continues to expand even beyond the point of constant returns. stage comes when diminishing returns to scale set in. In the case of constant returns to scale increases in all the inputs cause proportionate increases in output. In this stage. which enabled the operation of increasing returns to scale. it gradually exhaust the economies. 6) Marketing economies Marshall exlains increasing increasing returns in terms of “ increased efficiency” of labour and capital in the improved organization with the expanding scale of output and employment of factor unit. the economies and diseconomies of scale are exactly in balance over a particular range of output.

Another factor responsible for diminishing retuns to scale in the limitation of exhaustibility of the natural resources. because of limited availability of coal deposits or due to difficult accessibility to coal deposits. considered the law of diminishing returns in relation to agriculture only. The law of variable proportions is the modern version of the law of diminishing returns. managerial efficieny decreases. Alfred Marshall. but eventually it will not increase even proportionately. The Law of Variable proportions OR Law of Diminishing Returns The law of variable proportions is one of the basic laws in economics. “As the proportion of one factor in a combination of factors is increased. a neo-classical economist.iutput. As the size of the firm expands. the output of the variable factor may increase more than proportionately in the initial stages of production. Assumptions of the Law . As we increase the quantity of the variable factor while keeping other factors constant. This law states that a technical physical relationship between the fixed and variable factors of production in the short run. Here it is assumed that only one factor of production is a variable factor while other factors are assumed to remain fixed. after a point. doubling of coal-mining plants may not double the coal output. first the marginal and then the average product of that factor will diminish”. The law of variable proportions has been defined in the following way. for example.

Marginal Product (MP): The marginal product is the change in the total product due to change in labour. 4) The units of the variable factor are homogeneous 5) The law operates in the short run. Total Product (TP) : Total Product is the amount of output produced from land with the given number of labourers employed. 3) The fixed factor and the variable factor are combined together in variable proportions in the process of production. Average product (AP): The average product of labourer is the total product (TP) divided by the number of labourers employed AP =TP/No.The law of variable proportions is valid when the following conditions are fulfilled. 1) The state of technology is given below 2) Only one factor is varied and all other factors remain fixed. DIAGRAM .

and each existing seller wants to sell more.The opposite holds good when prices decline. SUPPLY SCHEDULE SUPPLY CURVE MARKET SUPPLY CURVE MARKET SUPPLY SCHEDULE .Law of Supply The law of supply states that the functional relationship between price and the quantity offered for sale. The law of supply can be explained with the help of a schedule and a curve.. other things remaining same. the higher the price. Supply Schedule: Supply schedule represents the relationship between prices and the quantities that the firms are willing to produce and supply. At higher prices. The law of supply is a hypothesis that states. more sellers are interested in producing the product. the greater will be the willingness of sellers to make a product available.

consumer goods production. loss making public sector enterprises. air transport etc. over regulated and controlled economy. telecommunication. huge amount of fiscal deficit. foreign exchange crisis etc. inadequate capital formation. FDI is investment in real assets like automobile. liberalization and privatization (Disinvestment) 1) Globalization means flow capital (finance in the form of foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign portfolio investment (FPI). This was due to a combination of factors such as stagnant agriculture. which affected the developing countries and paved the way for the implementation of IMF-sponsored Structural Adjustment Policies (New Economic Policy) in India in 1991. service sectors like insurance. New Economic Policy of 1991 includes globalization. poor rating of Indian economy by international agencies. goods and service among countries. . human resource. low levels of industrial growth and diversification. technology. limits to domestic resource mobilization due to a fairly narrow tax-base. huge amount of public debt.ECONOMIC REFORMS NEW ECONOMIC REFORMS OF 1991 Changing Global Scenario Several major economic and political changes occurred during the 1970s and 1980s. poor industrial productivity. 2) Liberalisation means freeing the economic activities and business from unnecessary bureaucratic and other controls imposed by the governments. adverse terms of trade in international markets.

removal of quantitative restrictions and liberal terms of entry for foreign investors. India’s simple average tariff rate was reduced from 128% in 1991 to about 32.3% in 2001-02.3) Privatisation or Disinvestment: Selling the government owned public sector enterprises to private industrialists and opening the government operating sectors for private investment. on exit. The New Economic Policy includes reduction in government expenditure. The Major areas of New Economic Policy 1991 are 1) Fiscal policy reforms 2) Monetary policy reform 3) Pricing policy reform 4) External policy reform 5) Industrial policy reform 6) Foreign investment policy reform 7) Trade policy reform 8) Public sector policy reform The principal reforms initiated in the year 1991 included. adjustment of the exchange rate from fixed exchange rate system to flexible exchange rate system. reduction in import tariffs on most goods other than consumer goods. on capacity and on pricing. deregulation in most markets and the removal of restrictions on entry. Immediate consequences of economic liberalization that are to focus on are (a) an increase in internal and external competition and (b) structural change induced by changes in relative prices in the economy. opening of the economy to trade and foreign investment. Quotas and non-tariff .

In India.The measures introduced in this area along with other economic reforms were as under: Industrial licensing has been abolished for all projects except for a list of 15 industries related to security. which have undergone these reforms. strategic or environmental concerns and certain . the New Economic Policy (NEP) is a set of policy (ies) and administrative procedures introduced in July 1991 to bring about changes in the economic direction of the country. To restore Macro economic stability. The share of national income spends by government..The experiences of countries. Privatisation. Liberalisation and export-promotion were the main features of the economic reforms recommended by the international institutions for the problems facing by the developing countries . Industrial Policy Resolution 1991 (IPR-1991) Industrial Policy The regulatory policy framework which acted as a barrier to entry and growth by the entrepreneur was sought to be basically changed by the Industrial Policy announced in July 1991. the role of the state in advanced industrial economies was not shrinking as expected.At the same time. but growing despite the ideological bias in favour of a “rolled back” state. the reforms package of structural adjustment policies are aimed at freeing markets by dismantling controls on production. which averaged 30% in the rich industrial countries in 1960 increased to 42. which directly affected the living standards of the economically vulnerable sections of the population.5% by 1980 and 45% by 1990. have in most cases not led to the expected outcome but have infact worsened the state of their economies. The need to control the fiscal deficit led to policies to curb public expenditure and these cuts were mainly on social sector expenditure and on production and consumption subsidies. prices and trade and reducing intervention in the economy.barriers were also reduced.

The Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act applied in a manner which eliminated the need to seek prior government approval for expansion of present undertakings and establishment of new undertakings by large companies. Industrial licensing was abolished for all projects except for a list of 15 industries related to security. The set of activities henceforth reserved for the public sector was much narrower than before.items of luxury consumption that have a high proportion of imported inputs. marketing expertise and introduction of modern managerial techniques. strategic or environmental concerns and certain items of luxury consumption that had a high proportion of imported inputs. It was also intended to promote a much – needed shift in the composition of external private capital flows. . Foreign Investment Policy The Industrial Policy 1991 also provided increased opportunities for foreign investment with a view to take advantage of technology transfer. Earlier. all foreign investment was generally limited to 40 per cent. The following measures were announced in this regard: Automatic approval would be given for direct foreign investment upto 51 per cent foreign equity ownership in a wide range of industries. The exemption from licensing also applies to the expansion of existing units. and there would be no ban on the remaining reserved areas being opened up to the private sector.

Government decided to adopt a new approach. The threshold (Minimum) asset limit for companies under MRTP Act was raised from Rs. the public sector was subject to a high cost structure. Public Sector Policy The Government was of the view that public sector had not generated internal surpluses on a large scale. Abolished MRTP Act and FERA and instead of FERA. On account of its inadequate exposure to competition. Budgetary support to public enterprises would be progressively reduced . FEMA Act was passed in the Parliament.20 crores to Rs.100 Crores. To provide a solution to the problems of the public sector.10 million.To provide access to international markets. Automatic approval for all other royalty payments will also be given if the projects can generate internally the foreign exchange required. the key elements of which were: The existing portfolio of public sector investment would be reviewed with a greater sense of realism to avoid areas where social considerations were not paramount or where the private sector would be more efficient. Automatic permission would be given for foreign technology agreements for royalty payments upto 5 per cent of domestic sales or 8 per cent of export sales or for lumpsum payments of Rs. major foreign equity holdings upto 51 per cent equity would be allowed for trading companies primarily engaged in export activities. Enterprises in areas where continued public sector involvement was judged appropriate would be provided a much greater degree of managerial autonomy.

To provide further market discipline for public enterprises. factories. competition from the private sector would be encouraged and part of the equity in selected enterprises would be disinvested. It is clear that under capitalism all means of production such as farms. mines. Public enterprises that were chronically sick and unlikely to be turned around would be referred to the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) for rehabilitation or restructuring. transport. Even in these areas. Global Financial meltdown in 2008 In the western capitalists economies and the economies closely linked to the United States economies were negatively affected by this financial crisis of 2008. communication. Joint ventures with foreign companies would be encouraged. education . and Chronically sick public enterprises would not be allowed to incur heavy losses. The existing system of monitoring public enterprises through Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was strengthened with primary emphasis on profitability and rate of return. That is all the economies having economic relationship with each other were affected by this financial crisis of 2008 so it is called a global financial crisis. private sector participation was allowed selectively. several measures were taken: The number of industries reserved for the public sector was reduced from 17 to 8. Capitalism is a system of economic organization featured by the private ownership and the use for private profit of man-made and nature-made capital. As a follow up of this policy. Initiated the disinvestment of public sector enterprises.

So this financial management system. nearly 90 per cent of the banking institutions are in the public sector and our financial sectors are well regulated by the Reserve bank of India (RBI). The Major Reasons for the Global Financial Crisis are 1) Consumption was seen as the driver of economic growth and prosperity and debt to facilitate such consumption was consequently seen as a good thing. a process in which the US’s entire financial architecture — the government and the Federal Reserve System (the Central Bank of the US like India’s RBI) is involved.But in the Indian banking system.etc are owned and controlled by private individuals and firms. Private initiatives and ideas are promoted and respected highly and there is personal freedom and liberty. The global financial crisis of 2008 is an extreme manifestation of the crisis in the capitalism due to wrong practice and misuse of freedom enjoyed by the financial institutions in the United States of America..e. to a greater extent insulated Indian economy from the global financial crisis. in simple terms. This encouraged more integration of the Indian economy with the global economy. lending of money by producers to consumers for purchasing products they produce) of the US by the developing nations was seen as a necessary business practice. 2) The sub-Prime Crisis – Sub-Prime Lending is the latest chapter in the story of the economics of greed wrapped as modern economics. This had led to the rather extreme situation in which vendor financing (i. Sub-prime lending refers to loans given to persons who. Indian economy was more integrated to the global economy after the introduction of the New Economic Policy (NEP) of 1991. The sub-prime crisis is now presented as the villain of US economy as also the global economic scene. are unfit to borrow. That is. no lender will part with his .

it is expected to reach mote than 10 per cent soon. The . It is expected to shrink to three per cent in as many decades. That is.o it. 7) The budget deficit is skyrocketing. it was part of the patriotic duty the Americans as a whole to borrow and shop. the current crisis of the West is not just an economic crisis. and now has less than 11 per cent. Demographic. First. 3) Asia is led by India and China increasingly becoming important as the engines of global growth. 2) Yet Asia’s growth will slow by less than in the previous US recessions. 9) Unlike the Great Depression of the 1930s. because Europe is slowly fading away from the global map. 4) This global financial crisis is the beginning of the end for the dollar as the main reserve currency 5) The USA has been borrowing $ 3 billion every day to fund its spending 6) The USA’S national debt is more than $10 trillion. The Major Features of the Present Global Financial Crisis are 1) The Current US recession is much deeper than in 1991 or 2001. such lending was popularised from the White House to ordinary American homes as achieving a noble purpose to induce Americans to borrow and shop for their country. It has a dimension of demography and conflict. which is more than 80 per cent of its national income. It used to have more than 20 per cent of the global population during the First World War.own money to such a borrower. It is now less dependent on US demand. Two reasons are there. 8) The federal deficit as percentage of GDP is now expected to reach more than 10 per cent.

Bear Stearns’s was $ 400 billion and capital was $ 11 billion. Fannie Mae’ assets were $880 billion and capital was $ 44 billion. The allegations that ratings are not forward looking has been proved right in more than one occasion in the current financial crisis. Conclusions Asia is more important than the US as a driver of global economic growth. are we getting ready to create a new world order? . while emerging economies continue to grow rapidly will reinforce the shift in global power from the old industrial world to the new emerging markets. Lehman filed for the biggest bankruptcy in American history.reproductive rate in many European countries is less than 1. He says by the year 2011 the Western countries will fall and India will rise. In future the world economy will be steered not by the US and Europe. A prolonged downturn in the US. independent of any external ratings.5 whereas the stable one is 2. Thanks to the vigour of Asia and other emerging economies. the crisis is more severe due to its declining savings rate.1. but increasingly by India and China. Merrill Lynch assets were $ 1020 billion and capital was $ 32 billion. In the case of US. The debt ridden financial institutions like Lehman Brothers’ assets were $ 690 billion and capital was $ 22 billion. Many repackaged sub-prime loans were rated high by global credit rating agencies. As Maharishi Aurobindo says: “India shall arise upon the ruins of the West”. The question is. a US recession need not drag the whole world into recession. Freddie Mac’s assets were $ 794 and capital was $ 27 billion. Ratings are not sancrosanct and lenders need to form own view about the credit worthiness of borrowers. 10) The personal saving as a percentage of disposable income has now become negative. down graded only after accelerated defaults and stoppage in trading.

It was the outcome of the Great Depression of the Thirties. 2) Keynesian economics is. Keynesian economics turn out to be economics of depression applicable to developed countries. to the underdeveloped countries. with highly developed financial institutions and a sophisticated business class. It suggested policy measures like deficit financing to solve the problem of . It basically examines the determinants of employment in a free enterprise economy. deficit financing and other fiscal methods. Though Keynesian Economics has revolutionized modern economic thinking. Keynes suggested policy measures like cheap money policy. Keynesian theory singles out deficiency of effective demand as the major cause of unemployment and low level of income in industrial economy operations under a laissez faire system. therefore. Interest and Money as a solution to the problem of periodic unemployment faced by developed industrial nations of the West during the great depression of the thirties.Keynesian Theory Keynes’s Theory and Underdeveloped Countries. Though Keynes suggests government intervention and controlled capitalism his theory fails to deal with the socialist economic system. To quote Joan Robinson: “ Keynes’s theory has little to say directly. Keynes is as Ricardo. characterized as depressionary economics. government’s compensatory investment spending. for it was framed entirely in the context of an advanced industrial economy. by and large. it has inherent weaknesses: 1) It is fundamentally a capitalistic theory. Lord John Maynard Keynes wrote the General Theory of Employment. Its applicability in underdeveloped countries is very limited. In essence. In communism. Deficiency of effective demand is a prominent feature of economies undergoing depression and in order to improve the level of effective demand in an economy.

But. the theory has not much validity. Keynes encouraged spending and condemned savings. 3) Keynes’s theory deals with short-run phenomena only. Keynesian revolution succeeded the industrial revolution as an adhoc theory of countering the industrial depression in Britain during the thirties. Underdeveloped countries have the problem of chronic unemployment and disguised unemployment. Keynes’s theory is not really “general” in application as Keynes claimed. In fact in the west there are arguments against Keynes’s economics that it is not Keynesian economics but the Second World war revived the world economy. Dennis Robertson at the out set of his Cambridge lecturers. It pays little attention to the long-run problems of a dynamic economy. To the British economists. Keynes deals with the problem of cyclical unemployment. What was good for Britain was . In short. just before the Second World War. In the era of inflationary situation. 4) Keynesian theory is not strictly applicable to underdeveloped countries. the economic forces generated by the industrial revolution in that country was universal and economic laws were accordingly formulated. became the all-encompassing theory of development. warned the under graduate students about the controversial nature of Keynes’s General Theory and to supplement its readings by critical writings on the same.unemployment in a depressionary phase of the capitalist economy. poor countries need curbs on spending and increase in savings for capital formation and wide-scale investment to break the vicious circle of poverty. 6) Laws of economics are relative and valid for particular situations in the economic history of a nation. 5) One dangerous practice is that the solution to global economic crisis and depression in advanced capitalism was sought to be applied for solving the economic crisis of less developed countries. delivered between 1945-46 to 195657.

B. The relation between agriculture and industry does not form a part of the theoretical frame work of the General Theory of Keynes.S.good for the entire world.Robertson’s ideas inconvenient and chose to ignore it.M. leading to erosion of their economic independence. Trying to universalize economic laws has been one of the greatest disservices to the science of economics. Adam Smith advocated free trade at a time when British manufacturing industries. Keynes) was a great advocate of easy money policy and abundance of credit for economic prosperity. irrespective of differences in socio-economic conditions. Keynes was highly intolerant of his critics and he had high hope in capitalism and he could avoid economists jumped into Marxist band wagon. Indian planning was over influenced by Keynesian school because of the economic experts trained in British Universities or Anglo-Saxon schools. Keynes found D. In India Dr. It is of importance to note that deficit financing started with the recommendation of .But no one from the academic world or Planning Commission came to his support. The attempt by the third world countries to formulate their development plans on the basis of these economic laws has created serious imbalances in their economy and has kept them perpetually indebted. 7) Lord John Maynard Keynes (J. His dream of this way of study never materialized because of his premature death and lack of followers. An academically and theoretically sound thesis will not shy away from an academic debate. Keynesian prescriptions failed in developing countries due to inelastic nature of agriculture sector and high inflation. particularly the textile mills had increased their capacity through various practical innovations. But great personalities like Arnold Toynbee argued against this dominant view and the need for region specific models of development.Minhas resigned from Planning Commission protesting against high inflationary practice (Keynesian model of deficit financing).

Sales growth for the 15 large listed FMCG companies actually accelerated from 14. Most large FMCG categories managed to grow in the healthy double digits in 2008 in India. However. in view of the changing institutional set-up of the developing economies during the process of planning and socio-economic reforms. Conclusion Although the policy measures suggested by the Keynesian theory may not be suitable to the problems of underdeveloped countries. with a current turnover of over US$ 28 billion (Rs. including tobacco. Breaking down the sales growth into categories. detergents. Keynesian tools have to be adopted with suitable modifications. 113. Indeed. Faster Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Indian FMCG sector is the fourth-largest sector in the country.000 crore).Kaldor says that the deficit financing imply a corresponding increase in privately owned wealth. according to industry estimates. whether developed or developing. it does not mean that Keynesian economics has no significance. Soaps and shampoos grew by about 16 per cent each and beverages such as packaged tea and coffee expanded 13-16 per cent.the IMF in its report in 1953. were among the fastest growing categories.5 per cent in the last two financial years to 20 per cent in the first nine . which saw sales value expand by over 25 per cent in 2008.N. Keynesian methodology of thinking in macroeconomic terms is very essential and appropriate in understanding the major problems of any economy. Categories such as toothpaste and confectionery managed lower growth of 14-15 per cent in the same period.

The FMCG market shifts from a period of relatively effortless growth to a more challenging environment. started to take place with the liberalization policies that the government initiated in the 1991. The companies are making tactical and strategic shifts to deal with the changed scenario. 9 manufacturers of commercial vehicles. companies are likely to proceed with caution on acquisitions and refocus on organic growth that is mainly India-driven.commercial vehicles. there is a progressive growth in the number of manufacturers. there are 15 manufacturers of passenger cars and multi-utility vehicles. As growth slows in overseas markets.At present.two wheelers and three wheelers.multi-utility vehicles. The automobile industry in the country is one of the key sectors of the economy in terms of the employment opportunities.High penetration categories like soaps and detergents reported flat volumes due to sharp price increases and weight reduction. The prospects of the industry also has a bearing on the auto-component industry .The Indian automobile industry has come a long way since in the first car ran on the streets of Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1898.14 manufacturers of two/three wheelers. The initial years of the industry were characterized by unfavorable government policies. The real big change as we see in the industry today.months of 2008-09.2 million people and indirectly employs around 10 million people. Indian Automobile Industry The automobile industry consists of passenger cars. thus replacing the earlier monopoly of a few manufacturers.After liberalization in 1991. The industry directly employs close to around 0. The liberalization policies had a salutary impact on the Indian economy and the automobile industry in particular.

5% resulted in increased number of multinationals establishing their bases in India and with export markets looking up. the Indian automobile industry is poised for a phenomenal growth. Eleventh largest passenger car market in the world. ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT .05% per annum from 2002-03 onwards. manufacturing and imports free from licensing & approvals in the automobile sector coupled with customs tariff for a u t o components reducing to 12. The Indian automotive component industry is dominated by around 500 players which account for more than 85% of the production.which is also a major sector in the Indian economy directly employing 0. Fifth-largest bus and truck market in the world (by volume).25 million people. Fourth largest commercial vehicle market in the world. absence of much government regulations. Envisaged to be the seventh largest automobile market by 2016 and world's third largest by 2030 (behind only China and the US). After the end of licensing era in early 1990s. the industry has witnessed rapid growth in volumes and capacity. India is the second largest two-wheeler market in the world. leading to a rapid transformation over the last decade or so. India has made a mark in the global automobile industry. 100% Foreign Direct Investment. The turnover of this industry has been growing at a mammoth 28. Global as well as local forces have affected the Indian auto industry.

water resources and mineral wealth. The burden of poverty is very massive. Poverty is defined on the basis of norms of nutritional requirements. Economic Growth and Environment Soon after Independence. 2400 calories per person per day for rural areas and 2100 calories for the urban areas. there fore.. According to Planning Commission estimates in 1999-2000 nearly 260 million people (26 per cent of the population) were living below poverty line. the contractors. i. the Government of India adopted a policy of rapid economic development through extensive and intensive exploitation of natural resources.e. and literally loot and destroy forests. The welfare of the community depends on the availability of goods and the availability of goods depends on the availability of resources that come from environment. the rich landlords in the villages.It has been responsible for the steady growth in the number of landless labourers’ migration to cities. private contractors. the smugglers. Poverty A major issue is the removal of mass poverty. Unfortunately the Government has allowed landlords. The prevalence of . Rapid reduction and eventually the elimination of poverty is. the most important issue of development. While economic development has enriched a small group of people-namely. the bureaucrats and the politicians-environmental degradation which is the direct result of this economic development has led to tremendous suffering and misery to millions of tribals. the small and large industrialists. Out of this 193 million in rural areas and 67 million in urban areas. Indian economy indicates a very high proportion of people below the poverty line.The environment can be defined as one’s surroundings. mine owners and industrialists to encroach upon public lands.traditional craftmen and fisherfolk.

in a sustained manner.‘mass poverty’ which is the cause as well as consequence of their low level of development. large scale deforestation. In other words. The low resource base of the poor also inhibits them from giving education and training to their children.. the handling of toxic chemicals. over the long period. inequality in the distribution of assets is the principal cause of unequal distribution of opportunities on the other. marine resources. Poverty is the result of low economic and human resource (education and other professional skills) base of the poor who own a very small portion of the total assets in the form of land. Deforestation is directly responsible for greater frequency and intensity of floods. fisheries and forest are renewable others like mineral and mineral oils are exhaustible and can be used only once. capital. Environment – Economy Interaction Resources include human resources. forests. While some natural resources such as land. Natural resources determine the course of development of a country. house property etc. water. It has also caused increased suffering to the landless labourers and marginal and small farmers who have steadily lost their .The unintended side effects of economic development have to be avoided or controlled They include mismanagement of natural resources. But the exploitation of natural resources should not result in the disturbance of ecological balace. water. financial resources and natural resources like land. rainfall and topography. climate. growth of slums etc. fisheries. The principal objective of resource development is to maximize gross domestic output (GDP) or national production and for this purpose there should be optimum utilization of resources not only in the short period but. heavy dams built at enormous expense and changes in climate conditions. minerals. soil erosion. This enables them to earn very low and meager wages and thus perpetuate poverty. the unplanned discharge of residues and wastes.

Change is a fundamental characteristic of the environment. oceans . energy and water. conditions of temperature. rainfall. “climate is what you expect. etc. Climatologists generally consider 30 years as the time needed to assess the climate of a place. The factors that influence global climate are the aamount of solar energy the earth receives. Environmental Issues 1) Deforestation 2) Pollution 3)Ground Depletion 4)Climate Change Climate is weather conditions of a place or area. wind. atmosphere . resulting in loss of precious organic manure. The scientific evidence suggest that the earths climate is . Earth’s climate is a result of complex interactions between the sun . the shape and rotation of the earth . the condition of the atmosphere . has led to the use of cowdung as fuel. and the currents and other processes of the ocean.” The word climate describes the general average pattern of the weather in a place over a period of years. Loss of fuel wood. in turn. land and biosphere. Relatively small changes in climate could have a major effect on our resources like food . The saying goes.traditional sources of fuel wood and fodder for their cattle. weather is what you get.

Without green house effect it is not possible to sustain life on the plant as the average temperature of the earth would be 18 degree celsius than 15degree Celsius. 5)Green House Effect.5degree Celsius and 4. A green house has higher temperature inside than outside though the interior receives less radiation. A TASK Group set up by WHO had warned that climate change may have serious impact on human health. The atmosphere is warming and this trend will continue.changing . scientists predict that the world will be warmer by an average of between 1. During this process these gases in the atmosphere called green house gases obstruct the shape of heat from the earth into space while allowing radiation from the sun to the earth. The factors that contribute to its effects are. The atmospheric gases which are permeable to short wave solar radiation but are strong absorber of long wave relations emitted from the surface of earth are called green house gases. By the year 2050. As the suns radiation enters the atmosphere.5 degree Celsius. They let the short wave radiations pass through them but prevent passage of long wave radiation emitted by the earth’s surface. They include i) Carbon dioxide . Part of the radiation reaching the earth is reflected by the earth’s surface while the rest is absorbed. some of it is reflected by the clouds and other particles and the rest reaches the earth. A glass house used for raising delicate plants is called “green house’. This makes inside of the green house warmer than outside. i) glass walls ii) high carbon dioxide content iii) high water vapour content of air in the green house. This is called green house effect.

This effect is called global warming. The Inter –Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) periodically makes an assessment of the atmospheric abundance of green house gases and its possible impact on climate and related issues.ii)Methane iii)Nitrous Oxide iv) Chlorofluro Carbons v)Hydrofluro carbon gases vi)Perfluro carbons vii)Sulphur hexafluoride viii) Ozone ix) Carbon monoxide The green house gases added to the atmosphere by human activities can significantly affect the amount of heat trapped in the atmosphere over time and leads for global warming which had adverse effect on human life. . 6)Global Warming Global warming is an increase in the earth’s temperature due to the use of fossil fuels and other industrial professes leading to a build up of green house gases in the atmosphere. Air pollution traps more heat in the atmosphere rendering the earth warmer.

These include carbon dioxide. deforestation also releases carbon trapped in the tissues of the trees. By burning large amount of fossil fuels we release huge quanities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Inter –governmental Panel on Climate Change held earlier in 2007 found that man made additions to the global atmospheric carbon dioxide were indeed responsible for warming . methane. Currently. Some areas will become wetter and some areas dryer. clorofluro carbons and ozone. warming in the tropics is lesser than the global mean by about 2-3 degree celcius depending on seasonal changeswhich in other latitude the average warming might amount for 510 degree Celsius increase in temperature.Causes of Global Warming The main cause of global warming is green house effect. Effects of Global Warming i) Climate Effects a) There will be a warming of the earth’s surface and lower atmosphere and a cooling of atmosphere. Human activities during the last few decades of industrialization and population growth have polluted the atmosphere that it has begun to effect the climate. Natural process like volcanic eruptions and earth quake induced fires also contribute to carbon dioxide emissions. . nitrous oxide . C) precipitation patterns will be changed. b) The warming trend over the earths surface is varied .

e) Soil moisture regions will be changed due to the changes in evaporation and precipitation.d)Seasonal patterns will change due to the changing of temperature and prcepitation matters.Many important birds and fishes inhabiting in coastal salt marshes and estuaries will become extinct die to inundation of their breeding ground. f) With the increase in cloud cover over Eurasia in summer.one.A rise of even half a metre in sea level would affect human population. .tropical mansoon will be driven with more severity and intensity.which will alter ocean cirrents and cause changes in nutrient mixing zones and productivity of the oceans. 7)Rise in Sea Level The global warming also contributes to rise in sea level due to thermal expansion of ocean and melting of glaciers and Greenland ice sheets.The level of sea has been rising by 1 to 2 mm per year during the 20th century. g) Wind direction and wind stress over the sea surface will be changed.third of which lives within 60 km of a coast line. which will enhance the solar heating of the surface and increase the land-sea temperature contrast.

Impacts on Forests Forests are highly sensitive to climate change and upto one third of currently forested and conservation of forest inhabitats in a rapidly warming world will present us with new challenges. Rapid rise in temperature may cause large scale death of many trees.which would affect attitudinal and latitudinal distribution pattern of organisms. Effects on range of species distribution Each plant and animal species occurs within a specific range of temperature. and 3) an increase in salt-water contamination of coastal fresh-water aquifers. . fisheries. as they are sensitive to temperature stress and many species may disappear.The global warming will shift the temperature range. 2) increased tidal range and estuarine salt-front instruction. tourism. Thus a rise in sea level will have a negative impact on human settlements. agriculture. water suppliers and coastal ecosystems.The direct effects of rise in sea level are: 1) recession of shorelines and wetlands.

Effects on human settlements and society Population would be displaced by the inundation of low-lying coastal plains. and islands in the next century if efforts to reduce greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere were unsuccessful. and respiratory disease. Global warming could produce colder temperature in Russia and northern Europe resulting in the reduction of crop yields. explosive growth of weeds and enhanced bastal rate of respiration of plants. Effects on health As the earth becomes warmer. cerebrovascular.infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and other disease vectors. Effects on Food Production Global warming will reduce crop production due to increased incidence of plant disease and pests.Temperature change may have an impact on several major categories of diseases including cardiovascular. Solutions for global Warming The following are some of the suggested solutions to prevent global warming .deltas. increase in water-borne diseases. the floods and droughts become more frequent.

b) Shifting to renewable energy resources that do not emit GHGs. adopt better forest management practices and undertake afforestation to sequester carbons. . i) Reduce deforestation. Development is a continuous process which has to be extended over a long period to lead a country to a stage of self-sustained growth or to a self-generating economy.a) Reduction in the use of fossil fuels. h) Reduce deforestation. j) Use fewer automobiles and public transportation immediate and drastic reduction of emissions. g) Adopting practices and technologies to make agriculture sustainable. adopt better forest management practices and undertake afforestation to sequester carbons. particularly forest for photosynthetic utilization of CO2. d) Increase of the vegetation cover. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Development should be perceived as a multi-dimensional process involving the reorganization and re-orientation of entire economic and social systems. c) Development of substitutes for chlorofluorocarbons. It is an evolutionary product of the idea progress. Progress can be achieved by generating wealth through maximization of productivity of labour and capital. e) Limiting population f) Exploring other options to sequester carbon.

Growth refers to quantitative improvement in the scale of physical dimension while development signifies improvement in both physical and non-physical dimension. For eg. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT . Such sustainable development in agriculture. Thus sustainability is the ability of an activity or development to continue in the long term without undermining that part of environment which sustains it. growth can be compared with change in body whereas development can be compared with the change in body and mind together. Development is the conservation and management of the natural resources base and the orientation of technological and institutional change in such a manner so as to assure this attachment and continued satisfaction of human needs of present and future generations. in overall terms . SUSTAINABILITY The term sustainable development refers to keeping an effort going continuously or the ability to last out and keep from falling. water. forestry and fisheries section conservation of land . diminish or destroy them. Sustainability implies that human use of enjoyment of the worlds natural and cultural resources should not in. economically viable and socially acceptable.Friedman defined growth as an expansion of the systems in one or more dimensions without change in the structure and development as also as an innovative process leading to the structural transformation of social systems. technically appropriate . plant and animal genetic resources .

Common but differentiated Responsibilities.Regarding macro economic policies . Principle 4 of the Rio Declaration states that inorder to attain the sustainable development . Geo Halem Brundland. Intergenerational Equity and Responsibility.Injecting sustainability concept in developmental policies has broad implication for macro and micro economics. Sustainable development as defined in our common feature is closely associated with the goal of intergenerational equity. The developed countries explicitly acknowledged the for the . Sustainable Development. Sustainble development suggest that the primary focus of environmental protection efforts on the international level should be to improve the human condition.The term sustainable development comes into common usage after the use by the World commission on Environment and Development (WCED) headed by Dr. Sustainable development recognizes each generation’s responsibility to be fair to the next generation by leaving an inheritance of wealth no less than they themselves have inherited. industrialized countries may be asked to carry more of the immediate burden.Sustainble development is now widely accepted as a primary goal economic and social activity. the move towards sustainable development requires for example traditional national accounting system be changed to better measure over all qualities of life. meeting this goal may require emphasizing the sustainale use of natural resource for subsequent generation and avoiding any environmental damage. Sustainable development was common challenge to all countries but because of the different development path.At a minimum. It also implies the integration of environmental and social concerns into all aspects of economic policy. environmental protection shall constitute an integral part of the development process and cannot be considered in isolation from it.

a number of areas have to be organized such as. 6) Arresting pollution. 1) Improving energy efficiency 2) Saving forests. 8) Accomplishing a second green revolution. 2) Use energy more efficiently and economically 3) Shift from exhaustible and potentially polluting fossil and nuclear fuels to less harmful renewable wind energy or solar energy. 6) Use locally adaptable. 4) Avoid wasting non-renewable and use them no faster than the rate at which a renewable resource used sustainably can be sustained. ecofriendly and resource efficient technology. 3) Safeguarding biodiversity. . 5) Recycle and use the matter discarded as waste.central responsibility for the present environmental degradation and its remediation. 5) Managing coastal zones and oceans fisheries. 9) Stabilizing world population. 4) Adopting water resource management. and 10) Stopping environmentally destructive subsidies. To accomplish sustainable development. which will use less of resources and produce minimum wastes. 7) Planning cities better. Guidelines for Sustainable Development The following guidelines are suggested for achieving sustainable development: 1) Reduce the input of matter and energy resource in production process to prevent excessive depletion and degradation of planetary resources.

11) Insist and implement the technique of pollution control of toxic and hazardous gases in existing industries. or seriously polluted.. .500 species of plants and animals become extinct each year. mostly because of human activities. mining.reuse. 2) Almost half of the world’s original expanse of tropical forests has been cleared.have been converted to desert. 3) Millions of hectares of grass lands have been overgrazed.Within the next 30 to 50 years there may be little of these forests left. ie. grasslands) have become desert in the last 50 years. forests.1 million square kilometers of once-productive land (crop land. Each year almost 61. 5) An estimated 36. 4) Between 25 % and 50 % of the world’s wet lands have been drained. major highways.7) Utilise resources as per carrying capacity of the environment. built upon. reduce. some especially in Africa and the Middle East. 8) Adoption of 3-R approach. Global Environmental Concerns 1) Population explosion enhances the ecological demands which resulting degradation on natural resouces.recycle approach to minimize scarce resource use.000 square kilometers of new desert are formed. 6) About 8. industry etc whether they can seriously damage ecosystems and bio-diversity before they are begun. 10) Study before the construction of dams. 9) Emphasise pollution prevention and waste reduction instead of pollution cleanup and waste management.

16) Emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere from fossil fuel burning and other human activities may raise the average temperature of . Acid rain may fall to earth thousands of miles away from the places of emission of sulphur dioxide world and nitrogen oxide.Thus the clouds generated in the developed world may rain in the territory of the developing world. floating plastic debris. 10) Water is withdrawn from underground reservoirs (aquifers) faster than it is replenished by precipitation. and land eventually end up in the oceans. Crop productivity on one-third of the earth’s irrigated crop land has been reduced by salt build up in top soil. 8) Most of the wastes we dump into the air. and contaminated fish and shellfish are visible signs that we are using the oceans as the world’s largest trash dump. 12) It is estimated that 70 per cent of the surface water resources are polluted and that in large stretches of major rivers. 9) In developing countries 61 per cent of the people living in rural areas and 26 per cent of urban dwellers do not have access to safe drinking water. polluted estuaries and beaches. 13) Environmental pollution although typically associated with industrialization.7) Top soil is eroding faster than it forms on about 35 per cent of the world’s crop land. water. water is not even fit for bathing. 15) Over the past few years air pollution has been increasing as a regional or global problem. 14) Use of fertilizers and pesticides pollute the environment. is a great and growing concern in developing countries. Each year 5 million people die from preventable water diseases. not a local one. leave alone drinking. 11) In the world’s population more than one out of every four live in absolute poverty. Oil slicks.

18) Atmospheric levels of heat-trapping carbons dioxide are now 26 per cent higher than the pre-industrial concentration and continue to rise higher and higher with ‘green house effect’.This would disrupt food production and flood low-lying coastal cities and croplands. 17) Chlorofluorocarbons and halons released into the lower atmosphere are drifting into the upper atmosphere and reacting with and gradually depleting ozone faster than it is being formed. .the earth’s lower atmosphere several degrees by 2050.

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