Wild or Tamed? : India’s Potential Growth

Author/Editor:

Hiroko Oura

Publication Date:

September 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

With India's GDP expanding at a rate above 8 percent in recent years, the debate about whether India is overheating revolves mainly about whether growth is above potential-that is, whether the economy is exceeding its "speed limit." This paper attempts to shed light on this debate by providing up-to-date projections of India's potential growth, including by clarifying differences in underlying assumptions used by various researchers that lead to a range of estimates. Estimates of potential growth on this basis range from 7.4 percent to 8.1 percent for 2006/07, and about 8 percent for the medium term. The medium-term potential estimates have risks on both sides: productivity gains and investment could be volatile, but determined reforms could sustain strong productivity growth.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/224

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451867886/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007224

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

16

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