Doctoral Student

Alexander Manuel Segura

Alex Segura is a doctoral candidate in Business Economics at Harvard Business School. Alex received his BA in Economics from Indiana University in 2009, along with a Minor in Mathematics and a Certificate in African Studies. After graduation, Alex worked briefly at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as an economic research analyst, and then for two years as a project associate with Innovations for Poverty Action in Uganda. His interests surround development economics and international trade.
Alex Segura is a doctoral candidate in Business Economics at Harvard Business School. Alex received his BA in Economics from Indiana University in 2009, along with a Minor in Mathematics and a Certificate in African Studies. After graduation, Alex worked briefly at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as an economic research analyst, and then for two years as a project associate with Innovations for Poverty Action in Uganda. His interests surround development economics and international trade.

Working Papers

  1. Informal Tradables and the Employment Growth of Indian Manufacturing

    Ejaz Ghani, William R. Kerr and Alexander Segura

    India's manufacturing growth from 1989 to 2010 displays two intriguing properties: 1) a substantial fraction of absolute and net employment growth is concentrated in informal tradable industries, and 2) much of this growth is connected to the development of one-person establishments. This paper investigates the causes and determinants of these growth patterns. The rapid urbanization of the informal sector plays the strongest role, while there is some evidence for subcontracting by the formal sector and a "push" entrepreneurship story. The paper also finds modest connections of this growth to rising female labor force participation. The connection between the presence of informal manufacturing and local productivity levels is strong, and varies across urban and rural areas in ways that bolster urbanization and subcontracting hypotheses.

    Keywords: manufacturing; india; informality; small and medium-sized enterprises; Development Economics; Manufacturing Industry; India;

    Citation:

    Ghani, Ejaz, William R. Kerr, and Alexander Segura. "Informal Tradables and the Employment Growth of Indian Manufacturing." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper, No. 7206, March 2015. View Details