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A Primer on the Indian Economy— 1Q18 GDP Growth Rate the Slowest in 13 Quarters

Executive Summary

  • The Indian government has implemented two key initiatives in the past 12 months that have had a negative impact on the economy: demonetization of high-value bank notes and putting into action a new goods and services tax (GST) regime.
  • In 1Q18, India’s GDP growth was 5.7%, the slowest in 13 quarters.
  • Other economic indicators, such as the CPI and the unemployment rate, seem to tell a more positive story.

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