Trade
 
A comparison of automobile industries in India and China
Smita Miglani , Saon Ray
Posted on: 05 Aug 2016
Topics:   Trade , Global Economy

The automobile sector in both India and China developed due to waves of investment in these countries since the late 1980s. This column discusses how India’s automobile sector has grown differently from that of other developing countries, especially China. In contrast to China, India has relied much more heavily on domestically-grown lead firms and has hence, benefitted at a slower pace from global best practices.
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Should the rupee trade with Russia be revived?
Pronab Sen
Posted on: 20 Jun 2016
Topics:   Trade
Tags:   Russia

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 India’s hesitancy in reviving this trade, the prevailing conditions are such that it makes eminent sense for both sides - provided appropriate precautions are taken.
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Indo-Korea trade pact: Harnessing the potential in services
Neetika Kaushal Nagpal , Saon Ray , Nisha Taneja
Posted on: 23 May 2016
Topics:   Trade

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 with the objective of identifying potential areas for harnessing services trade between the two countries.
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Trade liberalisation and intergenerational occupational mobility in urban India
Reshad N. Ahsan , Arpita Chatterjee
Posted on: 18 Apr 2016
Topics:   Jobs , Trade

While the trade reforms of the 90s led to a rapid increase in trade in India, there are concerns regarding the likely impact of the reforms on inequality. This column shows that innovation induced by international trade led to an increase in the employment share of high-skill occupations, which in turn, allowed an increasing number of sons from underprivileged backgrounds to enter better occupations than their respective fathers.
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India-ASEAN economic linkages: Challenges and way forward
Deeparghya Mukherjee
Posted on: 10 Mar 2016
Topics:   Trade

India’s ‘Look East’ policy picked up steam with the conceptualisation of the Indian-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in 2003. This column analyses the broad trends in India-ASEAN trade over the past decade, delves into the challenges involved in the economic relationship, and explores possible options for the way forward.
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Drug quality and global trade
Amir Attaran , Roger Bate , Aparna Mathur , Ginger Zhe Jin
Posted on: 18 Sep 2015
Topics:   Health , Trade
Tags:   Africa

There is a perception amongst pharmaceutical experts that some Indian manufacturers and/or their distributors segment the global medicine market into portions that are served by different quality medicines. This column finds that drug quality is poorer among Indian-labelled drugs purchased in African countries than among those purchased in India or middle-income countries. Substandard drugs – non-registered in Africa and containing insufficient amounts of the active ingredient – are the biggest driver of this quality difference.
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Creating a services value chain between India and Thailand
Tanu M. Goyal , Arpita Mukherjee
Posted on: 08 Jul 2015

In the past two decades, India has signed several bilateral and regional comprehensive free trade agreements with Southeast Asian countries, which are likely to enhance services trade, investment and cooperation in the region. This column explores the prospects for creation of a services value chain between India and Thailand. It contends that integrating services may facilitate growth in Indian manufacturing by supporting production networks.
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Analysing net foreign earnings of India’s corporate sector
J. Dennis Rajakumar
Posted on: 22 Apr 2015
Topics:   Trade

The corporate sector is the linchpin of the ‘Make in India’ campaign. This column finds that the sector is increasingly relying on imported inputs and its net foreign earnings are on the decline, thus contributing to the country’s current account deficit. It suggests that ‘Make in India’ should emphasise domestic procurement of inputs and strengthen technological capabilities in the country.
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Boosting Indo-Pak agricultural trade
Ramesh Chand , Raka Saxena
Posted on: 02 Apr 2015
Topics:   Trade , Agriculture
Tags:   Pakistan

Despite close geographical proximity of India and Pakistan and implementation of SAFTA almost a decade ago, trade potential between the two countries remains largely unexploited. This column analyses trends in Indo-Pak trade in agriculture, which constitutes 43.6% of total Indo-Pak trade, and highlights opportunities for expanding trade in this sector.
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What explains the increasing use of contract workers in Indian manufacturing?
Bibhas Saha , Kunal Sen
Posted on: 29 Oct 2014
Topics:   Jobs , Trade

Contract workers constituted about one-fourth of all workers in formal manufacturing in India in 2008. This column analyses the extent to which trade liberalisation and lack of labour reforms explain the increasing use of contract workers. It finds that in the presence of labour rigidities, increasing import penetration contributes to the ‘flexibilisation’ of the workforce.
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