Bishnupriya Gupta | Ideas for India

Bishnupriya Gupta
University of Warwick
Bishnupriya Gupta is Professor of economics at University of Warwick. She is a research associate of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) and a fellow of the Economic History Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Her research focusses on industrial development in colonial India. She has contributed to the comparative work on long-run development, focussing on the “Great Divergence” of productivity and living standards between Europe and Asia.

Articles By Bishnupriya Gupta
Catching up: India’s transition from a colonial economy
Posted On: 22 Feb 2018

Topics:   Economic Growth

The decline and stagnation of the Indian economy was reversed after independence. This column suggests although productivity in agriculture and industry rose after 1947, it was the service sector that led Indian growth. A strong focus on higher education under colonial policy created an advantage for the service sector, but slow expansion in primary education was a disadvantage relative to the high-growth East Asian economies.
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Falling behind: India under colonial rule
Posted On: 21 Feb 2018

Topics:   Economic Growth

At the time of independence, India was among the poorest countries in the world. This column argues that the main reason for India falling behind during the colonial rule was inadequate investment in agriculture and the consequent decline in agricultural productivity. While traditional industries declined faced with competition from British goods, modern industries emerged and grew relatively fast.
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The historical roots of India’s booming service economy
Posted On: 13 Jan 2017

Tags:   services , UK

India stands out from other emerging economies because its growth has been led by the service sector rather than labour-intensive manufactures. This column summarises recent research showing that India has a long history of strength in services, and its service-led development may play to historical strengths rather than hindering its progress.
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