Utsav Kumar

Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD)


Author

  • | Papers and Briefs | South Asia Working Papers

    Implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement: From Global Impacts to Value Chains

    This paper uses a new methodology that factors in general equilibrium effects to estimate the potential impacts of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

  • | Papers and Briefs | South Asia Working Papers

    Sri Lanka’s Macroeconomic Challenges: A Tale of Two Deficits

    This paper provides a narrative of Sri Lanka’s history of twin fiscal and current account deficits. It examines the macroeconomic outcomes and policies to deal with the imbalances.

  • | Papers and Briefs | South Asia Working Papers

    Trade Costs, Time, and Supply Chain Reliability

    South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation countries have to invest in improving connectivity to reduce transport times and increase reliability to major markets.

  • | Papers and Briefs | South Asia Working Papers

    Trade Facilitation and Innovation: Evidence from South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Countries

    South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation countries can improve their trade facilitation performances as a way to promote innovation. Shorter trade times encourage the introduction of new projects and management systems at firm levels.

  • | Papers and Briefs | Economics Working Papers

    Middle-Income Transitions: Trap or Myth?

    The phenomenon of the middle-income trap is problematic because it has not been defined and has not been studied theoretically. The idea of a trap implies that economies are stuck, which is not what this paper finds.

  • | Papers and Briefs | Economics Working Papers

    What Constrains Indian Manufacturing?

    This paper uses Annual Survey of Industries data at the 3-digit level and employ a difference-in-differences strategy to shed light on the empirical importance of factors commonly believed to be constraining formal Indian manufacturing.

Editor

  • Let’s Make It Easier For Countries to Trade

    The World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement provides a roadmap for developing economies to increase trade while also increasing the benefits it provides to their citizens.