Is the Path to Higher Exports in India Paved with Export Zones?

Journal of South Asian Development, Vol. 6, No. 1, January-June 2011

Posted: 14 Dec 2010

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Triya Seshadri

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 1, 2010

Abstract

Enclave based policies to promote exports, and consequently economic growth, are not new to India. India’s first export zone started in 1964, and six more central government zones were operational by the mid 1990s. However, these zones explain only a fraction of export growth rates in India. Statistics show that during the pre-reform years, these zones contributed to less than five percent of total exports and even now contribute to less than fifteen percent of total exports from India. There seems to be no obvious correlation between export growth and export zones that warrants the spate of new zones in the country. Partial trade liberalization since the mid 1980s and general reforms since 1991 seems to better explain export growth.

Keywords: Export zones, Export growth, South Asia, India

JEL Classification: F10, O11, O24

Suggested Citation

Seshadri, Triyakshana, Is the Path to Higher Exports in India Paved with Export Zones? (July 1, 2010). Journal of South Asian Development, Vol. 6, No. 1, January-June 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1719607

Triyakshana Seshadri (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

United States

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