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Emerging through Technological Capability - An Overview of India’s Technological Trajectory

  • Amit Shovon Ray

    (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations)

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    Indias emergence in the world economy over the last decade, has often, in popular discourse, been attributed, at least to a large extent, to its sustained efforts towards technological learning and capacity building. In this paper we present an overview of Indias technological trajectory with a view to understanding the nuances of Indias technological capability and the role it has played in the process of Indias economic progress. Our conclusion is that while India has successfully nurtured its high-end human capital for technological learning and is poised for a smooth transition to a knowledge economy, there has been a tragic neglect of low end human capital investment for productivity gains in mass manufacturing. This can not be ignored while carving out an appropriate technological strategy for India for a sustainable and inclusive growth process.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22238.

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    1. Katz, Jorge M., 1984. "Domestic technological innovations and dynamic comparative advantage : Further reflections on a comparative case-study program," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(1-2), pages 13-37.
    2. Nancy T. Gallini, 2002. "The Economics of Patents: Lessons from Recent U.S. Patent Reform," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 16(2), pages 131-154, Spring.
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