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What makes cities more competitive? Lessons from India (English)

Policy makers in both developed and developing countries want to accelerate spatial development, make cities more competitive, attract new entrepreneurs, boost economic growth, and promote job creation. ... See More +

Brief 83905 JAN 01, 2014

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William; O'Connell, Stephen D.

Highways and spatial development (English)

This economic premise examines the link between highways and spatial development. The golden quadrilateral (GQ) highway project in India- 5,846 kilo meter (km) of highways linking four major urban hubs- improved the connectivity and market accessibility of districts close to the highway compared to those more removed. ... See More +

Brief 83146 DEC 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Goswami, Arti Grover; Kerr, William R.

Specialization, diversity, and Indian manufacturing growth (English)

This paper examines the specialization and diversity of manufacturing industries within Indian districts. Prior to India's recent economic growth and liberalization, specialization levels in 1989 were substantially higher than similar metrics calculated for the United States. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6648 OCT 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; Tewari, Ishani

Input usage and productivity in Indian manufacturing plants (English)

This paper analyzes the scale and productivity consequences of varied input use in Indian manufacturing using detailed plant-level data. Counts of distinct material inputs are higher in urban settings than in rural locations, unconditionally and conditional on plant size, and they are also higher in the organized sector than in the unorganized sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6656 OCT 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; O'Connell, Stephen D.

Female business ownership and informal sector persistence (English)

The informal sector in India has been exceptionally persistent over the past two decades. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. This paper shows that a substantial share of the persistence in India's unorganized manufacturing sector is due to the rapid increase in female-owned businesses. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6612 SEP 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; O'Connell, Stephen D.

The golden quadrilateral highway project and urban/rural manufacturing in India (English)

This study investigates the impact of the Golden Quadrilateral highway project on the urban and rural growth of Indian manufacturing. The Golden Quadrilateral project upgraded the quality and width of 5,846 km of roads in India. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6620 SEP 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Goswami, Arti Grover; Kerr, William R.

The exceptional persistence of India's unorganized sector (English)

The transformation of India's unorganized sector is important to its modernization, growth, and attainment of regional economic equality. This paper documents several key facts about India's unorganized sector in manufacturing and services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6454 MAY 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; O'Connell, Stephen D.; Kerr, William R.

Diasporas and outsourcing : evidence from oDesk and India (English)

This paper examines the role of the Indian diaspora in the outsourcing of work to India. The data are taken from oDesk, the world's largest online platform for outsourced contracts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6403 APR 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; Stanton, Christopher

Promoting women's economic participation in India (English)

Despite rapid economic growth, gender disparities in women's economic participation have remained deep and persistent in India. What explains these gender disparities? ... See More +

Brief 75524 FEB 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William; O' Connell, Stephen D.

Highway to success in India : the impact of the golden quadrilateral project for the location and performance of manufacturing (English)

The infrastructure gap is one of the most significant impediments to India realizing its growth and poverty reduction potential. Although India’s transport network is one of the most extensive in the world, accessibility and connectivity are limited. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6320 JAN 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Goswami, Arti Grover; Kerr, William R.

Political reservations and women's entrepreneurship in India (English)

This paper quantifies the link between the timing of state-level implementations of political reservations for women in India with the role of women in India's manufacturing sector. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6307 JAN 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; O'Connell, Stephen D.

Is India's manufacturing sector moving away from cities ? (English)

This paper investigates the urbanization of the Indian manufacturing sector by combining enterprise data from formal and informal sectors. It finds that plants in the formal sector are moving away from urban and into rural locations, while the informal sector is moving from rural to urban locations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6271 NOV 01, 2012

Ghani, Ejaz; Goswami, Arti Grover; Kerr, William R.

What explains big gender disparities in India ? local industrial structures and female entrepreneurship (English)

Despite rapid economic growth, gender disparities in women's economic participation have remained deep and persistent in India. What explains these huge gender disparities? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6228 OCT 01, 2012

O'Connell, Stephen D.; Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.

What makes cities more competitive ? spatial determinants of entrepreneurship in India (English)

Policy makers in both developed and developing countries want to make cities more competitive, attract entreprepreneurs, boost economic growth, and promote job creation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6198 SEP 01, 2012

O'Connell, Stephen D.; Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.

Who creates jobs? (English)

There is a consensus that jobs are vital in translating economic growth into lasting poverty reduction and social cohesion. But who creates jobs is an understudied field. ... See More +

Brief 65644 NOV 01, 2011

Ghani, Ejaz; Kerr, William R.; O'Connell, Stephen D.

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
What makes cities more competitive? Lessons from India (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 83905 Brief
Highways and spatial development (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 83146 Brief
Specialization, diversity, and Indian manufacturing growth (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6648 Policy Research Working Paper
Input usage and productivity in Indian manufacturing plants (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6656 Policy Research Working Paper
Female business ownership and informal sector persistence (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6612 Policy Research Working Paper
The golden quadrilateral highway project and urban/rural manufacturing in India (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6620 Policy Research Working Paper
The exceptional persistence of India's unorganized sector (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 WPS6454 Policy Research Working Paper
Diasporas and outsourcing : evidence from oDesk and India (English)
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APR 01, 2013 WPS6403 Policy Research Working Paper
Promoting women's economic participation in India (English)
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FEB 01, 2013 75524 Brief
Highway to success in India : the impact of the golden quadrilateral project for the location and performance of manufacturing (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 WPS6320 Policy Research Working Paper
Political reservations and women's entrepreneurship in India (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 WPS6307 Policy Research Working Paper
Is India's manufacturing sector moving away from cities ? (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 WPS6271 Policy Research Working Paper
What explains big gender disparities in India ? local industrial structures and female entrepreneurship (English)
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OCT 01, 2012 WPS6228 Policy Research Working Paper
What makes cities more competitive ? spatial determinants of entrepreneurship in India (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 WPS6198 Policy Research Working Paper
Who creates jobs? (English)
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NOV 01, 2011 65644 Brief