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South Asia’s turn : policies to boost competitiveness and create the next export powerhouse (Vol. 2) (English)

South Asia is at a turning point. The region is benefiting from a confluence of positive internal and external forces. South Asian countries are starting to receive the competitiveness dividends from the economic reforms and public investments in infrastructure and education carried over the last 25 years. ... See More +

Working Paper 108830 OCT 06, 2016

Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Medvedev,Denis; Palmade,Vincent; Saraf,Priyam Disclosed

Extended version of the industry case study done for : South Asia’s turn - Policies to boost competitiveness and create the next export powerhouse (English)

Apparel is the largest labor-intensive manufacturing industry in South Asia, and is a major employer of women. Although South Asia’s apparel sector benefits from many of the same favorable conditions as East Asia’s, performance in South Asian apparel remains well below that of East Asia. ... See More +

Working Paper 108829 OCT 05, 2016

Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Robertson,Raymond Disclosed

Automotive in South Asia : from fringe to global - extended version of the industry case study done for South Asia’s turn : policies to boost competitiveness and create the next export powerhouse (English)

The automotive sector is one of the most important industries globally and in South Asia, contributing 19 million of direct and indirect jobs in India alone. ... See More +

Working Paper 108826 OCT 05, 2016

Saraf,Priyam Disclosed

Electronics in South Asia : South Asia’s turn : policies to boost competitiveness and create the next export powerhouse (English)

The electronics sector has played an important role in the development trajectories of several newly industrialized economies. South Asia’s lack of competitiveness reflects inadequate provision of public goods (e.g. industrial zones next to world class ports and urban centers) rather than high labor costs or low productivity. ... See More +

Working Paper 108827 OCT 01, 2016

Narain,Ashish Disclosed

Agribusiness in South Asia : Extended version of the industry case study done for : South Asia’s turn - Policies to boost competitiveness and create the next export powerhouse (English)

: Agribusiness (including agriculture) accounts for almost one third of South Asia’s GDP and has the potential to almost double over the next fifteen years (reaching 1.5 trillion US dollars by 2030). ... See More +

108828 OCT 01, 2016

Chodavarapu,Soujanya Krishna; Hoglund Giertz,Asa Margareta G.; Jaeger,Peter Martin Lind Disclosed

The competitive advantage of South Asia : New perspectives on productivity (English)

Which region will become the next global factory? As the work force ages and labor costs rise in China and other East Asian countries, many eyes turn to South Asia. ... See More +

Working Paper ACS8954 JUN 29, 2016

Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Medvedev,Denis; Palmade,Vincent; Varela,Gonzalo J.; Martuscelli,Antonio; Lage De Sousa,Filipe; Kokas,Deeksha; Ferrantino,Michael Joseph; Nayyar,Gaurav; Cirera,Xavier; Cusolito,Ana Paula; Van Der Mensbrugghe,Dominique; Shaw, Bill; Saraf,Priyam Disclosed

The competitive advantage of South Asia (Vol. 2) : Synthesis of the four case studies (English)

Which region will become the next global factory? As the work force ages and labor costs rise in China and other East Asian countries, many eyes turn to South Asia. ... See More +

Working Paper ACS8954 JUN 29, 2016

Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Medvedev,Denis; Palmade,Vincent; Varela,Gonzalo J.; Martuscelli,Antonio; Lage De Sousa,Filipe; Kokas,Deeksha; Ferrantino,Michael Joseph; Nayyar,Gaurav; Cirera,Xavier; Cusolito,Ana Paula; Van Der Mensbrugghe,Dominique; Shaw, Bill; Saraf,Priyam Disclosed

South Asia’s turn : policies to boost competitiveness and create the next export powerhouse (English)

South Asia is at a turning point. The region is benefiting from a confluence of positive internal and external forces. South Asian countries are starting to receive the competitiveness dividends from the economic reforms and public investments in infrastructure and education carried over the last 25 years. ... See More +

Working Paper 108830 JAN 01, 2016

Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Medvedev,Denis; Palmade,Vincent; Saraf,Priyam Disclosed