International trade and manufacturing employment: Is India following the footsteps of Asia or Africa?

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Abstract

The Indian manufacturing sector has rapidly increased its integration with the world economy since the 1991 trade reforms. We examine whether trade integration created or destroyed jobs in the Indian manufacturing sector, and compare India's employment outcomes with four other countries-Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa, and Vietnam. We find that the impact of international trade on manufacturing employment seems to be similar to those found for the two African countries rather than the two Asian countries, a surprising result for a country with an apparent comparative advantage in labor-intensive manufacturing goods, and a large excess supply of unskilled labor. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-777
Number of pages12
JournalReview of Development Economics
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

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  • Global Development Institute

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