Trade Liberalization in Manufacturing and Accelerated Growth in Services in India

Research Seminars
Academic Areas Economics and Public Policy
Rajeev H. Dehejia, Associate Professor of Public Policy , Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
January 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Friday
AC 2 Mini Lecture Theatre (MLT), Hyderabad , Hyderabad, India
Open to Public

The role of trade liberalization on accelerated manufacturing growth has been widely studied in the literature. What has gone unappreciated is that liberalization has also been accompanied by accelerated services growth. Using firm-level data from India, we find a positive spillover from manufacturing growth stimulated by trade and other liberalization to gross value added, wages, employment, and worker productivity in services, especially large urban firms and in service sectors whose output is used as a manufacturing input. We find that improved access to inputs via trade liberalization led to increased gross value added and worker productivity in capital-intensive service sectors.