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Economic Reforms, Capacity Utilization, and Productivity Growth in Indian Manufacturing

  • Arnab Deb

    (International Management Institute)

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    In this study, we attempt to identify the channels through which economic reforms enhanced the productivity growth in total manufacturing sector in India. Because one possible channel is better utilization of plant capacity, we estimate capacity utilization rate in Indian manufacturing. Empirical estimates show that the annual average capacity utilization rate in Indian manufacturing was lower over the post-reform years. However, after the reforms capacity utilization rate grew faster at the all India level as well as for most of the major industrial states. Subsequent regression analysis confirms that there was evidence of a favorable impact of economic reforms on productivity growth in total manufacturing, beyond the positive impact of improved capacity utilization.

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    Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Alumni working papers with number 2013-05.

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    Length: 44 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:uct:alumni:2013-05
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