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Policy of foreign direct investment liberalisation in India: implications for retail sector

Utsav Masharu and Muhammad Nasir ()
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Utsav Masharu: Leeds Beckett University

International Review of Economics, 2018, vol. 65, issue 4, 465-487

Abstract: Abstract This study has analysed the impact of liberalisation of Indian economy and FDI policy on the retail sector since its implementation in the 1990s. It also further analyses sub-categories by investigating its impact on the unorganised retail sector and the flow of FDI in single-brand retail and multi-brand retail sectors. A comprehensive and critical review of the existing evidence on the subject was carried out, and descriptive statistical analysis of data from 1991 to 2013 was performed which leads to conclude that the policy of FDI liberalisation has proved to provide diversification and sustainable development to the Indian economy and specifically retail sector which is considered to be one of the significant pillars of economy. Furthermore, for continuous growth of the economy, it seems vital to encourage more investment in other sectors by liberalising the restrictive policies.

Keywords: FDI; Trade liberalisation; Transition economies; Retail sector; Organised and unorganised retail; Single-brand retail and multi-brand retail (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F13 F21 L81 L88 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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