Home People

K.V Ramaswamy  



Education :

Ph.D. (Economics), University of Delhi, 1990.


Office Telephone:



Email id:

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Research Interests:

Development Economics, Labour Economics and Industrial economics .


Click here for personal homepage

  • Labour, Employment and Economic Growth in India (editor), Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • “Wages of Unorganized Sector Workers in India: What NSS Survey Data Can Tell Us?” The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol.48, No.3, January 2013, pp. 438-449
  • “Global Market Opportunities and Local Labour Markets: A Study of Indian Textile and Apparel Industry” Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol.52, No.4, pp 607-630, 2009
  • “Regional Dimension of Growth and Employment”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.42, No.49, pp.47-56, December 8, 2007
  • “Trade Reforms, Labour Regulations and Labor-demand elasticities: Empirical Evidence from India”, (Jointly with Rana Hasan and Devashish Mitra), Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol.89, Issue 3, August 2007
  • “Competition Policy and Practice in Canada: Salient Features and Some Perspectives for India”, Economic and Political Weekly, May 13-19,No.19, pp1903-1911, 2006
  • "India's Apparel Exports: The Challenge of Global Markets" with Gary Gereffi, The Developing Economies, Vol.XXXIII, Number 2, June, 2000
  • Productivity Growth, Protection and Plant Entry in a Deregulating Economy: The Case of India", Small Business Economics: An International Journal, Vol.13, pp 131-139, 1999
  • " The Search for Flexibility in Indian Manufacturing: New Evidence on Indian Outsourcing Activities", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.34, No.6, Pages 363-368,February 6-12,1999
  • “ Technical Efficiency in Modern Small-Scale Firms in Indian Industry: Applications of Stochastic Production Frontier “, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Vol.10, No.2, July 1994
  • “ New Agricultural Technology, Timeliness and Wages for Labor: A Longitudinal Study of Rural Wages in India.” With Amresh D.Hanchate, Applied Economics Letters, 1997, 4, 267-270
  • “ Small Scale Manufacturing Industries in India: Some Aspects of Size, Growth and Structure “, Economic and Political Weekly, Review of Management and Industry, Vol. 29, No. 9 (Feb. 26, 1994), pp. M13-M23
  • “ Capital Intensity, Productivity and Returns to Scale in Modern Small Industries in India”, Indian Economic Review, Vol.28,No.2. July-December 1993
Chapters in edited books
  • “Small Enterprises in Indian Manufacturing and Inclusive Growth: Search for Compensatory Mechanisms” in Mahendra Dev (ed) India Development Report 2015, Oxford University Press, New Delhi
  • “Services-led Growth, Employment, Skill and Job Quality: A Study of Manufacturing and Service Sectors in Urban India” (jointly with Tushar Agrawal), in Mahendra Dev (ed) India Development Report 2012-13, Oxford University Press, New Delhi. http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/IDR-2012-13.pdf
  • “Regional Disparities in Manufacturing Growth in India” in D. Nachane (ed), India Development Report 2011, Oxford University Press, New Delhi. http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/ IDR-2011.pdf
  • “South Asia in Global Trade: Participation and Prospects” in: South Asia: Societies in Political and Economic Transition, Tan Tai Yong (ed), ISAS, NUS and Manohar, Delhi, 2010
  • “Global Opportunity and Domestic Constraints in Textile and Apparel Industry in South Asia: Analysis and Strategic Response of Firms in India” in South Asia in the Era of Globalization: Trade, Industrialization and Welfare, Mita Bhattacharya, Russell Smyth and Marika Vicziany (editors), 2004, Nova Science Publishers New York
  • “Globalization, Employment and Labour Market Flexibility: The Case of India” in, R.Radhakrishna (ed), India Development Report 2008, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2008. http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/IDR-2008.pdf
  • “The State of Competition in Indian Manufacturing” in Towards A Functional Competition Policy for India, Pradeep Mehta (Ed), Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2006
  • “Liberalization, Outsourcing and Industrial Labor Markets in India: Some Preliminary Results”, in Shuji Uchikawa (Ed) (2002), Labour Market and Institution in India: The 1990s and Beyond, Manohar, Delhi, 2003
  • "Economic Reforms, Industrial Structure and Performance: The Case of Consumer Durable Goods Industry in India" in Shuji Uchikawa (ed) (2002), Economic Reforms and Industrial Structure in India, Manohar, New Delhi
  • "Exporting in a Globalized Economy" in Kirit Parikh (ed), India Development Report-1999-2000, Oxford University Press, NewDelhi,1999
Working paper
  • “Size-Dependent Labour Regulations and Threshold Effects: The Case of Contract-worker Intensity in Indian Manufacturing”, Working Paper No.2013-12, IGIDR, July 2013
  • “Understanding the “missing middle’ in Indian Manufacturing: The Role of Size-Dependent Labour Regulations and Fiscal Incentives”, V.R.F. Series No.480, April 2013, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), Tokyo
  • “Wage Inequality in Indian Manufacturing: Is it Trade, Technology or Labour Regulations?” Working paper No.021, IGIDR, November 2008
  • “Wage Inequality in Indian Manufacturing: Is it Trade, Technology or Labour Regulations?” Working paper No.021, IGIDR, November 2008
  • Upgrading in Global Value Chains, Minimum Wages and Wage Distribution in Manufacturing
  • “Employment in Indian Manufacturing and New Services: Impact of Trade and Outsourcing”, Prepared for the World Bank project on Labor and Employment in India, August 2006
  • “ Globalization, Industrial Restructuring and the China Impact: The Case of Indian Machinery and Consumer Electronics Industries” in Moriki OHARA (Ed), The Growing Importance of China and the Asian Machinery-related Industries: New Business Opportunities and Restructuring of Division of Labour, Research Paper II-05, Institute of Developing Economies, IDE_JETRO, Tokyo, September 2003
  • “ The Indian Paper Industry”, with R.R.Vaidya, Sharma, V.K. and Beukering, P, in Beukering, Pieter and Sharma, V.K. (Ed), Waste Paper Trade and Recycling in India, Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur, 1998
  • “Input Substitution in the Indian Paper Industry”, with R.R.Vaidya, M.J.Bennis and J.G.M. Hoogeveen, in Beukering, Pieter and Sharma, V.K. (Ed), Waste Paper Trade and Recycling in India, Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur, 1998
  • Development Economics [Compulsory Course for M.Sc in Economics]