Human Capital and the Indian Software Industry

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Ashish Arora

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economics Research; Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Surendrakumar Bagde

Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management

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Date Written: 2006

Abstract

The Indian software industry has been widely studied. Previous studies have recognized the role of skilled labor in the growth of the industry, but have not empirically investigated the role of skilled labor. In this study we focus on the role of human capital in the regional location of the software industry. Specifically, we study the effect of the engineering college capacity for undergraduate engineering studies in different Indian states on the regional growth of the software exports industry between 1990 and 2003. We find significant effect of human capital on the growth of software exports even after controlling for other relevant factors. In addition the initial as well as current size of electronics hardware industry also plays important role in the regional growth of the software exports industry.

Keywords: human capital, indian software exports, regional development, engineering college, offshoring, outsourcing

JEL Classification: F1, 05, R1, J1

Suggested Citation

Arora, Ashish and Bagde, Surendrakumar, Human Capital and the Indian Software Industry (2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=964465 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.964465

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Surendrakumar Bagde

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