Ram Upendra Das

Ram Upendra Das

PhD

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Introduction
Ph.D. and M.Phil Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Former Honorary Fellow, Academy for World Watch, Shanghai, China. Studies done for ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO, EXIM Bank of India, SAARC Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCAP and World Bank and international negotiating processes for Government of India. Recent books include Perspectives on Rules of Origin, Palgrave-Macmillan: UK (2011) and Regional Trade and Economic Integration, World Scientific: Singapore and New Jersey (2012).
Additional affiliations
April 2017 - July 2022
Centre for Regional Trade
Position
  • Head and Professor
Description
  • Indian Trade Investment Technology engagements with different countries across regions Global Trade Economic and Development Issues
August 2008 - April 2017
Research and Information System for Developing Countries
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • India's Free Trade Agreements WTO Agreements Economic Development
Education
February 1991 - December 2001
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Field of study
  • Economics Ph.D.
July 1988 - January 1991
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Field of study
  • Economics M.Phil.

Publications

Publications (42)
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There is a widely held view that India’s FTAs/CECAs/CEPAs have not helped India but benefitted India’s trade partners. Mostly, it is considered that FTAs have had a deleterious effect on Indian economy. The core of this argument is based on the consideration that imports are bad and trade deficits caused by India’s FTAs imply that India has been at...
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Import-facilitating infrastructure, common language, geographical distance, and the economic size of the region, are among the important determinants of India’s exports to other RCEP countries. Do the same variables also affect Latin America and the Caribbean? This article contains a comparative analysis and puts forward some policy suggestions.
Conference Paper
Although East Asia and South East Asia have been an integral part of the international production fragmentation network since decades now, empirical investigations on the factors that determine the expansion of these networks are sparse. This paper examines the empirical gap in the case of aforementioned countries using trade patterns of machinery,...
Chapter
he contribution of infrastructure to economic growth is two-fold. Firstly, infrastructure facilitates development of other sectors by contributing in the production process of other sectors. Secondly, the presence of good infrastructure reduces the transaction and other costs, thereby increasing the total factor productivity and allowing the use of...
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Policy coherence is essential to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. We recommend that the G20 (a) puts policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) to the forefront of its actions and (b) focuses on policy areas, where coherent actions can make a difference. Priority should be given to (i) improved cohere...
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Recent trends suggest that countries have turned away from the multilateral process in favor of free trade agreements (FTAs). However, whether FTAs increase trade among their members or result in efficiencies through trade diversion to more inefficient trading partners has remained a debatable issue. This paper sheds fresh light on FTAs by incorpor...
Technical Report
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The South Asia Development and Cooperation Report 2015 makes a departure from the way South Asian economic integration has been viewed until now. This Report is an economic summit of ideas and approaches. It presents a paradigm of ‘reverse causality’ running from regional prosperity to peace. It presents a more balanced perspective with newer insig...
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Since 1991, India has witnessed wide-ranging economic reforms in its policies governing international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows which has consequently led to a dramatic rise in both trade and FDI flows since then. Using firm-level panel data, this paper investigates whether these trends have contributed to significant producti...
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Worldwide, free trade agreements (FTAs) have remained a debatable issue. This paper tries to demystify the recent myths that have surrounded the FTA strategy of India, especially as part of the Look East Policy. The paper does this by analysing the determinants of Intra-Industry Trade (IIT), which has remained as one of the most dominant forms of t...
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With the shift in the centre of economic gravity towards Asia, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) of the ASEAN+6 countries has assumed a new meaning. The new mega-groupings in the form of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with an attempt to resurrect the APEC, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the inter...
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With the shift in the centre of economic gravity towards Asia, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) of the ASEAN 6 countries has assumed a new meaning. The paper examines modalities of substantial trade coverage, sensitive list, and formulation of rules of origin with a developmental angle in the CEPA. These could be crucial, espe...
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Worldwide, free trade agreements (FTAs) have remained a debatable issue. This paper tries to demystify the recent myths that have surrounded the FTA strategy of India, especially as part of the Look East Policy. The paper does this by analysing the determinants of Intra-Industry Trade (IIT), which has remained as one of the most dominant forms of t...
Book
Given the recent emergence of China and India as economic powers, trade and economic engagement within the Asia Pacific region has become a significant area of interest to many policy-makers, academics and the general public. As international trade has been increasing among the countries in the region, many have decided to explore possibilities to...
Book
The Asia-Pacific region has emerged as a dominant player in trade and will continue to be an influential pole of world trade and economics, with the center of gravity shifting to this region. This book presents analytical insights into the various regional and bilateral trade agreements (RTAs) and their beneficial effects on bilateral trade and dev...
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Regional cooperation and regional integration are terms that are often used synonymously, although they differ in important respects. Regional cooperation most often encompasses policies and agreements relating to matters such as preferential or free trade agreements entailing the removal of trade barriers for trade in goods; Economic Partnership A...
Book
Rules of Origin (ROO) have emerged as one of the most controversial and complex issues in any trade negotiations. This volume presents new insights into the economics of ROO, critically evaluating the empirical aspects, and providing fresh perspectives on complex policy negotiations and implementation. The contributions suggest new ways to design R...
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Over recent years India has witnessed wide-ranging economic reforms in her policies governing international trade and FDI flows. Consequently, both trade and FDI flows have risen dramatically since 1991. Using firm-level panel data this paper finds that significant productivity improvements have taken place in the period since 2000. The paper furth...
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Rules of origin (ROO) have emerged as an area in which consensus is hard to achieve among negotiating countries within an RTA. Disagreements over rules of origin have often deferred the implementation of several trade agreements. One of the reasons for this is because ROO are viewed as those obstructing trade. Most of the literature on the subject...
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Trade liberalization and financial deepening have assumed greater significance for a country’s economic growth performance in recent times. Several theoretical and empirical studies have devoted considerable attention to the association between economic performance and trade liberalization as well as to the connections between financial market deve...
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Regional economic integration agreements are considered to be important policy mechanisms to address regional developmental asymmetries. The Asian reality is characterized by developmental asymmetries across countries on the one hand and a lack of comprehensive pan-Asian formal regional economic integration agreements on the other. The need for suc...
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Realizing its importance, the South Asian region has also embarked upon various processes of regional economic integration. However, the South Asian regional integration process is fraught with difficulties, especially due to a lack of understanding about the very economics of regional economic integration. Thus, this paper dwells upon some of the...
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Globalization process has entailed trade openness, greater emphasis on foreign direct investment, stabilization policies, redefining the role of the state, among others. Given that another major global trend observed is one of regional trade integration, the paper explores whether due to this trend there has been any concrete relationship with the...
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The need of technological advances for competitiveness is rather well known. However, the structural impacts of technological improvements on unemployment remain largely unexplored in the existing literature. The paper analyses the complex interlinkages among technological adaptation, labour productivity gains and scale expansion. It highlights the...
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Traditionally, the textiles and clothing industry has been considered as one of the relatively more labour-intensive manufacturing industries in which developing countries have had comparative advantage mainly on account of cheap labour. Through econometric explorations the present paper observes a situation characterized as factor intensity revers...
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Rules of origin are applied in both preferential and non-preferential trading regimes. The system of rules of origin has been a very useful mechanism in identi fying the origin of goods for the adoption of various commercial policies such as anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties and voluntary restraint arrangements. It has also been used in pr...
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The countries of the South Asian region have introduced various economic re forms measures in recent times. These have been necessitated by the imperatives of internal and external dynamics of production, trade, investment and techno logical trends. Along with taking policy steps to take advantage of the global inte gration process, the South Asian...

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