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Nexus between export, productivity, and competitiveness in the Indian manufacturing sector

Pradipta Kumar Sahoo, Badri Rath and Viet Le

Journal of Asian Economics, 2022, vol. 79, issue C

Abstract: This article assesses the nexus between export, productivity, and competitiveness in the Indian manufacturing sector. To do this, we examine the “learning by exporting” and “self-selection” hypotheses using firm-level data relating to Indian manufacturing firms relating to period from 1994 to 2017. The empirical analysis supports the “learning by exporting” hypothesis, but does not support the “self-selection” hypothesis. We also investigate the impact of export on competitiveness, and the results indicate a positive relationship. These findings remain consistent when we segregate manufacturing firms based on industries, intensity use of labor and capital, and firm ownership. In the light of these findings, we recommend that policy focus on enhancing the export capacity of manufacturing firms to further strengthen the competitiveness of Indian manufacturing.

Keywords: Total factor productivity; Competitiveness; Export; Panel data; Indian manufacturing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D24 F14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2022.101454

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