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Trade disruption, industrialisation, and how the sun set on British rule in India

It is argued that by keeping India open to imports of cheap British manufactures, the imperial power made it excessively difficult for Indian industry to emerge in the early 20th century. This article...

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The new globalisation and income inequality

Trade in intermediates (or ‘unbundling of production') and trade in capital have become increasingly important in last 25 years. This article shows that trade in intermediates generates a reallocati...

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Exports, global production sharing, and job creation in India

Is it in the interest of a country to promote strong local linkages for its domestic industries or to participate in global production sharing activities wherein linkages are globally dispersed? This ...

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Trade disruption, industrialisation, and how the sun set on British rule in India

It is argued that by keeping India open to imports of cheap British manufactures, the imperial power made it excessively difficult for Indian industry to emerge in the early 20th century. This article...

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Harnessing technology to visualise Covid-19 risk across India

Policy discourse in India has steered towards opening the economy in a phased manner to combat the mounting economic distress caused by the lockdown. In this post, Puppala, Gupta, and Sekhri describe ...

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Inequality and trade: Simulation evidence for 54 developing nations

Questions about who benefits from free trade – and at what cost – have resurfaced as part of the backlash against globalisation. This article uses data from 54 low- and middle-income countries to ...

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Should India reconsider participating in e-commerce negotiations at the WTO ?

India is planning to bring about a national e-commerce policy. However, the government has decided to stay away from negotiations at the World Trade Organization platform to set international e-commer...

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RCEP trade agreement: The road not taken?

Prime Minister Modi recently announced that India would not be joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement between Southeast Asian Nations and its free-trading partners. I...

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Exports, global production sharing, and job creation in India

Is it in the interest of a country to promote strong local linkages for its domestic industries or to participate in global production sharing activities wherein linkages are globally dispersed? This ...

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What explains India’s poor performance in garment exports?

India has been losing its share of the world garment trade over time – it went down from 6% in 2013 to 3.5% in 2016. This article examines the Indian garment industry based on a survey of garment ma...

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The new globalisation and income inequality

Trade in intermediates (or ‘unbundling of production') and trade in capital have become increasingly important in last 25 years. This article shows that trade in intermediates generates a reallocati...

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How operational efficiency of India's ports impacts its manufacturing exports

The average turnaround time of Indian ports has come down significantly since 2010, indicating improvement in their operational efficiency. However, it still is more than two times the level in some o...

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Trade agreements and their impact on India’s apparel exports

Slow progress of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations has led to a proliferation of regional and bilateral trade agreements, and consequent increase in trade among their members. While India continues t...

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Tapping export destinations for growth

TThe trade environment today is becoming increasingly murky and stormy, despite a strengthening global economy. India’s position – never very remarkable – is being further battered, and its emba...

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Trade rules in e-commerce: Opportunities and concerns for India

India, which is among the fastest growing markets for e-commerce in the world, submitted a formal document to the WTO in December 2017 opposing any negotiations on trade in the sector. In this post, M...

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