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The “V-factor”: Distribution, timing and correlates of the great Indian growth turnaround

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  • Ghate, Chetan
  • Wright, Stephen

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We analyze a panel of output series for India, disaggregated by 15 states and 14 broad industry groups. Using principal components (Bai, 2004; Bai and Ng, 2004) we find that a single common “V-factor” captures well the significant shift in the cross-sectional distribution of state-sectoral output growth rates since the 2nd half of the 1980s. The timing of the turnaround implied by the V-factor is more closely related to the pattern of policy reforms than has been found in previous research. Regression-based analysis also provides some insights into the uneven distribution of the turnaround across Indian states.

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  • Ghate, Chetan & Wright, Stephen, 2012. "The “V-factor”: Distribution, timing and correlates of the great Indian growth turnaround," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 58-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:99:y:2012:i:1:p:58-67
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2011.09.002
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    Keywords

    Indian economic growth; Factor models; Principal components; Convergence; Divergence; Indian states;

    JEL classification:

    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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