The Structure and Composition of India’s Exports and Industrial Transformation (1980–2000)

Abhijit Sharma, Michael Dietrich

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Abstract

This paper analyses structural change in Indian manufactured exports empirically for 143 (mainly manufacturing) industrial groupings. Trade indices such as Balassa’s revealed comparative advantage (RCA) index and variants are used. Detailed econometric analysis is employed to examine structural change. The stability and the process of the intertemporal evolution of the RCA indices is considered. Three technology categories (high technology, medium technology and low technology) are analysed individually. Our results point towards substantial industrial restructuring in manufactured exports. We find evidence of despecialisation within India’s manufactured exports for the time period studied, which is consistent with increasing specialisation in a subset of manufactured exports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-231
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Economic Journal
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date21 May 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

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