IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

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


  • Suranjana Nabar-Bhaduri
  • Matías Vernengo


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.

Suggested Citation

  • Suranjana Nabar-Bhaduri & Matías Vernengo, 2012. "Service-led growth and the balance of payments constraint in India: An unsustainable strategy," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2012_06, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2012_06

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Anthony P. Thirlwall, 2011. "The Balance of Payments Constraint as an Explanation of International Growth Rate Differences," PSL Quarterly Review, Economia civile, vol. 64(259), pages 429-438.
    2. Mazumdar, Surajit, 2008. "Investment and growth in India under liberalization: Asymmetries and Instabilities," MPRA Paper 19629, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Esteban Pérez Caldentey & Matías Vernengo, 2010. "Back to the future: Latin America's current development strategy," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(4), pages 623-644, July.
    4. Alcino F. Câmara Neto & Matias Vernengo, 2002. "Globalization, a Dangerous Obsession : Latin America in the Post-Washington Consensus Era," International Journal of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(4), pages 4-21.
    5. 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.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


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

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2012_06. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.