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Import competition, formalisation, and role of contract workers

Given the recent expansion in the participation of developing countries in global trade, it is important to understand the role of trade in the composition of employment in these countries. Analysing ...

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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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India’s trade protectionism and low-productivity vicious cycle

Amid rising populism and anti-globalisation movements across the world, Atmanirbhar Bharat represents India’s adoption of trade protectionism. While the country’s inward-oriented economic policies...

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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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The Study of the Food Processing Industry in Bihar

The aim of the project is to understand the driving force for industrial development in the food processing sector in Bihar. The findings of the study revealed that development in food processing in B...

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Foreign market access and competition in India's textile and clothing industries: Impacts on firms and workers

This project aims to estimate the effects of foreign market access and export competition on plants and workers in the textiles and clothing industries in India.

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One Nation, Many Worlds: Varieties of Developmental Regimes in India

The project developed a theory on developmental regimes through a systematic examination of the variation in policy priorities across Indian states. The findings from the project suggest that two fact...

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Industrial Agglomeration and (the Lack of) Competition

This project's objective is to use theoretically-motivated empirics to examine the relationship between market power and industrial agglomeration/clusters in order to better evaluate the impacts of de...

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Should the rupee trade with Russia be revived?

The issue of revival of the bilateral rupee-denominated trade between India and Russia is back on the table after a break of over 20 years. This column contends that while there is justification for I...

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Indo-Korea trade pact: Harnessing the potential in services

India and Korea signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in 2009, which resulted in an increase of 42% in bilateral trade between 2009-10 and 2012-13. This column examines the CEPA...

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Does the India-EU trade pact make sense for India? - II

In this article, Swati Dhingra, Assistant Professor of Economics at the LSE, contends that the proposed India-EU trade agreement is one-sided and would harm India’s economic interests. In her view, ...

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Does the India-EU trade pact make sense for India? - I

During the 13th India-EU Summit in Brussels last month, leaders from both sides welcomed the re-engagement on the stalled India-EU Free Trade Agreement. In this article, Devashish Mitra, Professor of ...

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

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