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EconomicsVolume 2: India and the International Economy$
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Jayati Ghosh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458943.001.0001

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India’s Foreign Trade

India’s Foreign Trade

Recent Patterns, Challenges, and Prospects

(p.65) 3 India’s Foreign Trade*

Malini Chakravarty

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the recent pattern of India’s merchandise trade and tries to understand whether, and to what extent, the surge in trade, in particular exports, in the recent period can be seen as ‘success’ either in general or of reform policies. A related issue that is considered is whether there are enough reasons to believe that the expansion in exports witnessed thus far can be expected to be sustained over a longer period of time. An analysis of the product categories that have been the major drivers of merchandise exports in the 2000s and the conditions, including domestic ones, that have made this possible, give reasons to believe that the increase in India’s exports is a reflection of the success of the reform policies might be too hasty.

Keywords:   foreign trade, merchandise exports, economic reforms, merchandise trade deficit, agricultural exports, petroleum product exports, private refineries, pharmaceutical exports, auto component exports, foreign direct investment (FDI)

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