Title: Revealed comparative advantages for India in services trade

Authors: Veena K. Pailwar, Nirav R. Shah

Addresses: Institute of Management Technology (IMT) – Nagpur, 603, Khullar Apartments, Byramji Town, Nagpur 440013, India. ' Institute of Management Technology (IMT) – Nagpur, 603, Khullar Apartments, Byramji Town, Nagpur 440013, India

Abstract: The service sector has emerged as one of the growth drivers of the Indian Economy. This paper analyses the evolution of trade specialisation in service sector of India using various measures of comparative advantage. The findings indicate that the distribution of the comparative advantage indices has remained fairly stable during 1980-2006. There is also high degree of persistence in the values of indices of comparative advantage. The overall lack of dynamism indicates that drastic overhauling in the policies and their implementation is needed to further improve the comparative advantage in trade in services.

Keywords: comparative advantage; trade specialisation; services; stability; transition probability; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2009.025384

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2009 Vol.2 No.2, pp.109 - 127

Available online: 21 May 2009 *

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