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Implications of shifting trends and patterns in India’s oil exports

Sharmila Kantha outlines why the high share of petroleum products in India's exports is a concern – particularly considering the declining trend in India's oil and gas production and fluctuating glo...

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How tradable services can aid the jobs challenge in India

Although the rising demand for services has led to its increased contribution to employment in many developing countries and globally, India's growth in services has not translated into a proportionat...

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Has the export-oriented manufacturing model reached its sell-by date for India?

As India faces the challenge of creating millions of well-paying jobs for its rapidly growing working-age population, Devashish Mitra analyses which sectors and what strategies can provide these good ...

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Safeguarding strategic interests with development finance? India's response to China's expanding footprint in the Global South

Studies have suggested that both India and China use grants and concessional loans as a means to gain favour with developing countries. Using 2007-2014 data on development projects implemented by the ...

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Global supply chain disruptions: Causes and the way ahead

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been disastrous for the global supply chains, with persistent effects since early 2020, and knock-on effects now gaining intensity. In this post, Sharmila Kanth...

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Current state of play in India’s services trade

Since the 1990s liberalisation reforms, the services sector has been seen as a key driver of India’s economy. Against the backdrop of the WTO Ministerial Conference, Anil Kumar Kanungo examines the ...

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Global value chain participation and intermediate export sophistication

While the dominance of global value chains (GVCs) in production processes is a widely accepted fact, the impact of participation in GVCs is still being explored. Using data from a sample of 100 nation...

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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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Leveraging global supply chains to fight Covid-19

When the second wave of Covid-19 hit India, the health catastrophe was compounded by shortages of oxygen, medical equipment, and life-saving drugs. In this post, C Veeramani and Anwesha Basu contend t...

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Boosting India’s capital goods’ exports

Union budget 2021-22 has proposed a sharp 34.5% hike in capital expenditure, which is expected to boost the capital goods sector. While the sector has grown since liberalisation, its share in the glob...

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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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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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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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What explains India’s poor performance in garment exports?

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