The Changing Pattern of Foreign Trade Specialization in Indian Manufacturing

Posted: 25 Jun 2008

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Michele Alessandrini

Independent

Bassam Fattouh

University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); University of London - Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFIMS)

Pasquale Scaramozzino

University of Rome II - Faculty of Economics; University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); University of London - Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFIMS)

Abstract

This paper examines the pattern of international trade specialization in Indian manufacturing since the mid-1980s by using data on trade flows. Low-technology sectors still dominate the categories for which India exhibits the largest degree of trade specialization. By contrast, high-technology sectors are prevalent among the categories for which India is import-dependent. Significantly, India has experienced an improvement in the degree of specialization in some of the most dynamic sectors of world trade.

Keywords: India, trade specialization, manufacturing, Lafay index

JEL Classification: F14, O14, O24, O53

Suggested Citation

Alessandrini, Michele and Fattouh, Bassam and Scaramozzino, Pasquale, The Changing Pattern of Foreign Trade Specialization in Indian Manufacturing. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 270-291, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1151125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grm013

Michele Alessandrini

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