Date of Award

5-1-2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Economics

First Advisor

LAHIRI, SAJAL

Abstract

This dissertation examines the role of product quality on India’s export performance to its major trading partners. It aims at evaluating the empirical relevance of product quality to explore India’s export performance from 1996-2015 using different estimation methods. The first chapter examines the relationship between product quality and export quantity in the context of how product quality influences the quantity of Indian exports traded in the global market. We perform the analysis by constructing extensive set of quality estimates and using those estimates to analyze the influence of product quality on Indian export quantity. The second chapter deals with the probability of export entry and exit of India’s exports at goods level. We draw annual product level export data for India to each of its top exporters from UN-COMTRADE recorded in the Harmonized System (HS) at the six-digit level covering the period 1996–2015. In the third chapter, we develop an entirely different dataset on export quality using a different methodology for the textiles sector. After we obtain our new set of quality estimates, we use those quality estimates to analyze the determinants of quality growth in panel cross-country framework.

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