The Spatial Development of India

21 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2015

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Klaus Desmet

Southern Methodist University (SMU); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Syed Ejaz Ghani

World Bank

Stephen D. O'Connell

Emory University

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Princeton University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

This paper studies the recent spatial development of India. Services, and to a lesser extent manufacturing, are increasingly concentrating in high‐density clusters. This stands in contrast with the United States, where in the last decades services have tended to grow fastest in medium‐density locations, such as Silicon Valley. India's experience is not common to all fast‐growing developing economies. The spatial growth pattern of China looks more similar to that in the United States than to that of India. Our findings suggest that certain frictions are keeping medium‐density places in India from growing faster.

Suggested Citation

Desmet, Klaus and Ghani, Ejaz and O'Connell, Stephen D. and Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban Alejandro, The Spatial Development of India (January 2015). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 10-30, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548808 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12100

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