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Export Competitiveness of India’s Textiles and Clothing Sector in the United States

Institute of Indian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 107, Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02450, Korea
Economies 2019, 7(2), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/economies7020047
Received: 5 April 2019 / Revised: 10 May 2019 / Accepted: 10 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
We analyzed India’s export competitiveness in the textiles and clothing (T&C) sector in the United States. The T&C industry is traditionally important for the Indian economy due to its significant contribution to export, employment, and industrial production. However, the competition in the global T&C market intensified after the Multi-Fiber Arrangement phase-out in 2005. Therefore, it is necessary to examine the export competitiveness of India’s T&C sector in the U.S., India’s largest export destination and one of the world’s largest consumers of T&C. In this study, we calculated the comparative advantage of India’s T&C based on Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA), Market Comparative Advantage (MCA), and Comparative Advantage by Countries (CAC). Our analysis shows that India had a comparative advantage in the T&C sector in the U.S. from 1991 to 2017, despite intensified competition in the global market. View Full-Text
Keywords: comparative advantage; export; competitiveness; textiles and clothing industry; India; limited liberalization comparative advantage; export; competitiveness; textiles and clothing industry; India; limited liberalization
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