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Bishnupriya Gupta is a Professor of economics, and Deputy Coordinator of Economic Development and History Research Group at the University of Warwick. In the past, she has held positions at the London School of Economics. the Delhi School of Economics and the University of St. Andrews, and visiting positions at the Center of Economic Research in Tilburg and the University of Alicante. Her research interests are mainly in economic history and development economics. She has worked on industrial organisation in colonial India, in particular on cartel behaviour and on demographic change and the sex ratio in 20th century India. She has done comparative work on long-run development, focusing on the “Great Divergence” of productivity and living standards between Europe and Asia.
Posts by Bishnupriya Gupta
Role of history in shaping India’s economic development
As India is now completing 75 years of Independence, two big questions loom over the conversation around India’s economic development: How successful was the Indian economy before and during colonia...
- Bishnupriya Gupta Lakshmi Iyer
- 24 February, 2022
Demographic shocks and female labour force participation: Evidence from 1918 flu pandemic
The Influenza pandemic of 1918 killed about 5% of India’s population. This article finds that districts most adversely affected by influenza mortality saw a temporary increase in the country’s fem...
- James Fenske Bishnupriya Gupta Song Yuan
- 17 August, 2020
Catching up: India’s transition from a colonial economy
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...
- Bishnupriya Gupta
- 22 February, 2018
Falling behind: India under colonial rule
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 ...
- Bishnupriya Gupta
- 21 February, 2018
Community origins of industrial entrepreneurship: Theory and historical evidence from India
The transition from agriculture to trade and the subsequent transition from trade to manufacturing are key stages in the development process. In countries where a substantial manufacturing sector exis...
- Bishnupriya Gupta Dilip Mookherjee Kaivan Munshi
- 31 March, 2017
- IGC Research on India
The historical roots of India's booming service economy
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 Indi...
- Stephen Broadberry Bishnupriya Gupta
- 13 January, 2017