What is it about?

The study explores the impact of trade-induced productivity in the organised manufacturing sector of India. Trade is supposed to impact productivity through improving competition, market scale, technology and prices. All these aspects are identified through different dimensions of trade indicators for manufacturing at the dissagregate level. The empirical results based on the panel econometric analysis revealed the presence of trade-induced productivity mainly channelled through imports.

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Why is it important?

The study provides a comprehensive account of the trade-induced channels of productivity. The empirical analysis is based on the standard theoretical presumptions of trade theory. Understanding the impact of trade on manufacturing for an emerging economy like India is very important.


This study is part of my PhD submitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. I am extremely grateful to my supervisors Prof. Alokesh Barua and Prof. KL Krishna for their valuable insights and comments.

Dr R. Rijesh
Institute for Studies in Industrial Development

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This page is a summary of: International Trade and Productivity Growth in Indian Industry: Evidence from the Organized Manufacturing Sector, Journal of South Asian Development, April 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0973174119839878.
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