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Prof Anita Rath

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Study of Developing Economies, School of Development Studies

M.A. (Utkal), M.Phil. (Delhi), Ph.D. (Mumbai)

 Areas of Interest: Public Finance and Public Choice


Areas of Interest: Public Finance and Public Choice

 Research Guidance (Completed): 

  • Three Doctoral Research Thesis
  • Two Mphil Research Thesis
  • About 25 MA Dissertation Work





Select Writings

Articles in Journals and Books

Anita Rath and Arpit Sachan, "Emerging Issues in Fiscal Sustainability in India: A Study of Central Government Finances, 1979-1980 to 2018-2019", South Asian Journal of Macroeconomics and Public Finance, Forthcoming.

Anita Rath, “Structural breaks in the central government taxes in India, 1950-51 to 2013-14” Indian Growth and Development Review, May 2020, Early web release.

Anita Rath, “Fiscal Reforms at the Local Level in India: An Overview” in Sekher, M., S. Parasuraman and R. Kattumuri (Eds.) (2018), Governance and Governed: Multi-Country Perspectives on State, Society and Development, pp. 91-104, Singapore: Springer.

Imteyaz Ahmed and Anita Rath, “Access to Life-Saving Medicines and Health Care: A Case Study of Aurangabad District of Bihar”, in De, U.K., M. Pal and P. Bharati (Eds.) (2018), Issues on Health and Healthcare in India: Focus on North Eastern Region, pp. 353-378, Singapore: Springer.

Anita Rath, “Dynamics of Charity in the Parsi Community”, in Bharat, S and A.S. Desai (Eds.) (2017), The Parsis of India: Themes Old and Contemporary, Sage: New Delhi.

Anita Rath and Rakshandah A. Hani, “The Economically Vulnerable Parsis: A Study of Beneficiaries of Charity”, in Bharat, S and A.S. Desai (Eds.) (2017), The Parsis of India: Themes Old and Contemporary, Sage: New Delhi.

Anita Rath, “Use of Dated Population Figures in Centre-State Transfers: Recommendations of Thirteenth and Fourteenth Finance Commissions”, Artha Vijnana, 2015, Vol LVII (57), No.3, pp. 232-258.

Anita Rath, “How Bouyant are Local Fiscal Instruments?: A Study of Property Tax Effort in Greater Mumbai” Urban India, 2015, Vol 35, Issue. 1, pp. 145-165.

Anita Rath and P. Gopinath, “Health Expenditure and Financing” in Manual of Health Statistics in India (2015) (Chapter 6), Central Statistical Office (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation), Government of India, New Delhi.

Anita Rath, “Capitalisation of Property Tax in an Indian City”, The Indian Economic Journal, 2014, Vol. 62, Issue 2, pp. 895-914.

Anita Rath, “Growing Centralisation of Social Sector Policies in India”, Economic and Political Weekly,  2013, Vol.XLVIII (48), No. 4, Jan 26, pp.63-70.

Anita Rath, “Vertical Inequity in Taxation of Residential Properties: Evidence from Greater Mumbai”, Artha Vijnana, 2012, Vol. LIV, No.1, pp. 82-100.

Anita Rath, “The Concepts and Measurement of Consumer's and Producer’s Surplus: A Mathematical Interpretation” in Patra, S.C. (Ed.) (2012), A Mathematical and Advanced Approach to Microeconomics, Mumbai: Himalaya, pp. 71-81.

Anita Rath, “Fiscal Decentralisation and Urban Local Governments in India: An Empirical Review”, in Chandan Sengupta and Stuart Corbridge (Eds.) (2010), Democracy, Development and Decentralisation: Continuing Debates, London & New Delhi: Routledge, pp. 147-171.

Anita Rath, “Fiscal Performance of Civic Bodies: The Greater Mumbai Perspective”, in Urban India,  (2009, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, July-Dec, pp. 50-68.

Anita Rath, “Octroi-A Tax in a Time Warp: What Does its Removal Imply for Greater Mumbai?”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2009, Vol. XLIV, No. 25, pp. 86-93.

Anita Rath, “City Governments and Fiscal Responsibility: A Study of Greater Mumbai”, Occasional Paper of Bombay Geographical Association, 2008, No.3, pp.13-24.

Anita Rath, R.N. Sharma and J.J. Roy Burman, “Urbanisation and Marginalisation: The Case of Navi Mumbai”, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 2006, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp 21-34.

Ajit Karnik, Anita Rath and J.C. Sharma, “Reforming Property Tax System: Simulated Results for Mumbai City”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2004, Vol. 39, No. 34, pp. 3818-26.

Anita Rath, “Irrigation as a Common Pool Resource: Prospects for Participatory Management”, in Kar, G.C. and M. Swain (Eds.) (2000), Farmer and Local Participation in Irrigation Management, 2000, Commonwealth Publishers, New Delhi.

Other Writings

Book Review: The Bombay Plan: Blueprint for Economic Resurgence, 2018, Rupa: New Delhi by Sanjaya Baru and Meghnad Desai (Eds), Journal of South Asian Development, 2019, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 394-398.

Book Review: “Deepening Federal Fiscal Asymmetry”, Books Reviewed: Indian Fiscal Federalism by Y.V. Reddy and G.R. Reddy and Challenges to Indian Fiscal Federalism by L. Chakraborty, R. Mohan and T.M. Thomas Isaac, Economic and Political Weekly, 2019, Vol 54, No. 37, pp. 21-25.

“Health Insurance in India: Some Contentious Issues”, Social Sciences and Health Newsletter, Vol. 2, Nos. 1&2, 2001, Health Services Studies Department, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

“Vision Mumbai: A Concept Plan for Mumbai City” Seminar Discussion Report (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2003 (with R.N. Sharma and R.B. Bhagat)



Equalisation Grants for Higher Education in India, TISS Study Report (2013), Study conducted for Centre for Public Policy and Governance, TISS, Mumbai.

Socio-Economic and Educational Status of the Parsi Community in India (With Specific Reference to the Economically Weaker Sections), TISS Study Report (2009), Study conducted for the National Commission for Minorities, New Delhi.

Socio-Economic Survey of Project Affected People in Villages in Navi Mumbai (Vol. I and II), TISS Study Report (2003), Study conducted for City and Industrial Development Corporation, Maharashtra (Co-author).

Rationalisation of Property Tax in Brihanmumbai: A Proposed Capital Value-Based Model, TISS Study Report (2001), Study conducted for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai (Co-author).

Availability, Accessibility and Utilisation of Credit Facilities Extended by the Banking Sector to the Muslim Minority Community in the Districts of Aurangabad and Greater Mumbai, TISS Study Report (2000), Study conducted for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi (Co-author).

Baseline Socio-Economic Survey and Outlines of Rehabilitation Action Plan for the Anta Gas Power Project (Phase II), TISS Study Report (1999), Study conducted for the NTPC, Anta (Co-author).

Status of Basic Amenities and Services in NMMC Area, TISS Study Report (1999), Study conducted for the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai (Co-author).

Current Teaching:

Public Finance (MA & MPhil, Dev Studies)

Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, and Social Research: Design and Applications (MA, Dev Studies)

Development Economics (MA & MPhil, Dev Studies)

Macroeconomics (MA, Dev Studies)

Foundation Course (India's Development Challenges, Across all programmes)


Taught Previously:

Principles of Economics, Managerial Economics, Environmental Economics and Health Economics

Email: anita[at]tiss[dot]edu