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Is the Export-led Growth Hypothesis Valid for India? Another Look at the Evidence

Sanu, Md Sahnewaz (2019): Is the Export-led Growth Hypothesis Valid for India? Another Look at the Evidence. Published in: Indian Journal of Economics and Development , Vol. 15, No. 3 (September 2019): pp. 331-340.

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The previous studies on the export-led growth hypothesis in India have yielded mixed and inconclusive results. This study explores the dynamic relationship between real exports and real economic growth for India in a multivariate framework by including ‘terms of trade’ as an additional variable for the period 1980-2017. Unlike most of the previous studies, this study employs the ARDL bounds testing approach and Toda-Yamamoto version of modified Granger causality test to examine this linkage. The results of the bound tests indicate that there is a stable long-run relationship between the variables when economic growth proxied by GDP growth is the dependent variable. Further, the results of the modified Granger causality test suggest that there is unidirectional causal flow from exports to economic growth and from terms of trade to economic growth without any feedback. The study, therefore, provides further evidence that growth in exports stimulate economic growth in India while there is no evidence of growth-driven export.

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