Productivity Trends in India's Manufacturing Sectors in the Last Two Decades

Author/Editor:

Bulent Unel

Publication Date:

January 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Starting in the late 1970s, the Indian authorities implemented a series of reforms aimed at exposing the economy to greater competition and at liberalizing key aspects of economic activity. This paper investigates productivity trends in India's (registered) manufacturing sectors during the 1980s and 1990s. The main findings of the paper are (i) labor and total factor productivity (TFP) growth in total manufacturing and many of the component sectors since 1980 were markedly higher than that in the preceding two decades, although the extent of the acceleration in TFP growth depends critically on the underlying assumptions about factor elasticities and the assumed structure of the production function; (ii) productivity growth for total manufacturing as well as for many subsectors picked up further after the 1991 reforms; and (iii) classification of the best performing sectors and the weakest performing sectors, based on comparative TFP, remains robust to changes in underlying assumptions.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/22

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451843996/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0222003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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