The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India

Quantifies the misallocation of manufacturing output and production between establishments across Indian districts during 1989–2010

Abstract

This paper quantifies the misallocation of manufacturing output and factors of production between establishments across Indian districts during 1989–2010. It first distils a number of stylized facts about misallocation in India, and demonstrates the validity of misallocation metrics by connecting them to regulatory changes in India that affected real property. With this background, the study next quantifies the implications and determinants of factor and output misallocation.

Although more-productive establishments in India tend to produce more output, factors of production are grossly misallocated. A better allocation of output and factors of production is associated with greater output per worker. Misallocation of land plays a particularly important role in these challenges.

This research was funded under the Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countruies (PEDL) Programme

Citation

Duranton, G., Ghani, E., Grover Goswami, A., Kerr, W. The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India. (2015) pp 65

The Misallocation of Land and Other Factors of Production in India

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