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Service-led growth and the balance of payments constraint in India: An unsustainable strategy

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  • Suranjana Nabar-Bhaduri
  • Matías Vernengo

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India has been an exemplary case of economic growth, lionized in the international press as one of the emerging market economies that will take over the world economy in the current century. The Indian services revolution is often cited as an example of an alternative development strategy under which the process of growth is services-led, as against the traditional manufacturing-led paradigm that has historically been the case. This paper suggests that the Indian development strategy actually looks eerily similar to the Central American and Mexican patterns of integration into the world economy, which are highly dependent on the exports of people, directly through migration, and indirectly through low wages in particular sectors (‘maquilas’ in the Americas, the call centers in India), even if the growth rates in India have been considerably higher than in those Latin American regions.

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Paper provided by University of Utah, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah with number 2012_06.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2012_06

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Keywords: Economic Development; Service Sector; India JEL Classification: O11; O14; O53;

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  1. Khundrakpam, J. K. & Ranjan, Rajiv, 2008. "Can an Inter-temporal Model Explain India's Current Account Balance?," MPRA Paper 50928, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Alcino F. C�Mara Neto & Matias Vernengo, 2002. "Globalization, a Dangerous Obsession : Latin America in the Post-Washington Consensus Era," International Journal of Political Economy, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 32(4), pages 4-21, January.
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  4. Esteban Pérez Caldentey & Matías Vernengo, 2010. "Back to the future: Latin America's current development strategy," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 32(4), pages 623-644, July.
  5. Anthony Philip Thirlwall, 1979. "The Balance of Payments Constraint as an Explanation of International Growth Rate Differences," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 32(128), pages 45-53.
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