The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India

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Gilles Duranton

University of Pennsylvania - Real Estate Department

Syed Ejaz Ghani

World Bank

Arti Grover Goswami

World Bank

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Syed Ejaz Ghani

affiliation not provided to SSRN

William Robert Kerr

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 23, 2015

Abstract

This paper quantifies the misallocation of manufacturing output and factors of production between establishments across Indian districts during 1989-2010. It first distills a number of stylized facts about misallocation in India, and demonstrates the validity of misallocation metrics by connecting them to regulatory changes in India that affected real property. With this background, the study next quantifies the implications and determinants of factor and output misallocation. Although more-productive establishments in India tend to produce more output, factors of production are grossly misallocated. A better allocation of output and factors of production is associated with greater output per worker. Misallocation of land plays a particularly important role in these challenges.

Keywords: Pulp & Paper Industry, Textiles, Apparel & Leather Industry, General Manufacturing, Food & Beverage Industry, Common Carriers Industry, Construction Industry, Business Cycles and Stabilization Policies, Plastics & Rubber Industry, Energy and Mining, Energy Demand, Energy and Environment, Industrial Economics, Economic Growth, Economic Theory & Research, Labor Markets, Transport Services

Suggested Citation

Duranton, Gilles and Ghani, Ejaz and Goswami, Arti Grover and Kerr, William R. and Ghani, Syed Ejaz and Kerr, William Robert, The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India (March 23, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7221. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584246

Gilles Duranton (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - Real Estate Department ( email )

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Ejaz Ghani

World Bank ( email )

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Arti Grover Goswami

World Bank ( email )

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William R. Kerr

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Boston, MA 02163
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Syed Ejaz Ghani

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William Robert Kerr

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