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Trade Liberalization, Poverty and Inequality Nexus: A Case Study of India

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  • Rana Ejaz Ali Khan

    (Associate Professor/Head Department of Management Sciences. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,Sahiwal, Pakistan)

  • Nadia Bashir

    (Department of Economics,The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan)

Abstract

The paper attempted to see the relationship between trade liberalization and poverty and inequality in India. For trade liberalization, volume of trade as ratio of GDP, head count ratio for poverty and Gini-coefficient has been used for income inequality. The granger causality technique is applied to time series data for the years 1970-2009. The results indicate that trade has no significant effect on poverty and poverty has no effect on trade. However, trade has increased inequality in the short-run and inequality affected the trade in the long-run negatively. It partially contradicts the prediction of the Stolper- Samuelson theorem.

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  • Rana Ejaz Ali Khan & Nadia Bashir, 2011. "Trade Liberalization, Poverty and Inequality Nexus: A Case Study of India," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 1(3), pages 114-119, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:asi:aeafrj:2011:p:114-119
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