ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Kerala s Industrial Backwardness- Exploration of Alternative Hypotheses

Kerala's Industrial Backwardness Exploration of Alternative Hypotheses K K Subrahmanian P Mohanan Pillai This paper makes an attempt to identify the weak links in the production structure in Kerala within an interregional frame-work of analysis. The objective of the study is to examine the alternative hypotheses that have been advanced to explain the industrial backwardness of Kerala, In particular, the focus is on examining the empirical basis of the alleged 'inefficiency' of Kerala's industrial system in terms of labour militancy, high wage-cost, and low productivity The aim is to provide an overview oflocalional cost advantage/disadvantage of Kerala by analysing some facets of its industrial structure as compared to that of some developed states and the nation as a whole.

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