Dynamics of Change in Pakistan's Large-Scale Manufacturing Sector

Usman Afridi


Examination of structural change at the sectoral level, i.e.
relationship between agriculture, manufacturing and services, is a
familiar exercise. However, limited attention Is paid to a detailed
examination of the dynamics of structural change, particularly in the
manufacturing sector. Possibly, inadequate data, coupled with a limited
industrial base, have not generated sufficient interest for examining
the structural changes within the manufacturing sector. We have a
tendency to treat the manufacturing sector either at an aggregate macro
level or at a very limited level covering only a few industries. The
limitations responsible for this approach are understandable and by no
means overcome. However, since with time the industrial base in Pakistan
has widened and the data provided by the Census of Manufacturing
Industries improved, though by no means perfected, it is time for
greater emphasis on studying the dynamics of the manufacturing sector to
get a deeper understanding of its behaviour, trends and directions. This
study is a limited effort in that direction.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v24i3-4pp.463-478


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