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Product Diversification in Indian Manufacturing

Johannes Boehm, Swati Dhingra and John Morrow ()

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: The presence of global value chains challenges the neoclassical idea of the firm since it implies firms are not monolithic but are rather interdependent on the larger economic environment. Examining establishments, the smallest units of production within firms, sheds light on the microeconomic incentives determining the location of production and whether a firm produces a good or sources it. Most work on multiproduct firms looks at developed countries, but constraints on firm growth are greater in developing economies. We examine multiproduct establishments in India during a high growth period. Multiproduct establishments made up the bulk of manufacturing production, and their product turnover contributed 28 per cent to net sales growth. Unlike the nineties which witnessed drastic liberalization, establishments in the two-thousands dropped products at rates similar to those for the US. Sales dispersion across products also predicts product addition.

Keywords: multiproduct firms; product adoption; product diversity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L1 L2 M2 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-hme, nep-ind, nep-int and nep-tid
Date: 2017-11
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