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Recent books

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

India has seen episodes of flourishing private enterprise. One of these is happening right now. History tells us that capital was expensive in the region in the past. Why does capitalism flourish in a region where capital is costly? This book answers the question.

Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2017.

This book explores the historical roots of rapid economic growth in South Asia, with reference to politics, markets, resources, and the world economy. After an initial slow period of growth between 1950 and the 1980s, the region has been growing rapidly and fast catching up with the world on average levels of living. Why did this turnaround happen? Does it matter? Is it sustainable?



Professor of Economic History, London School of Economics. Research areas economic history, business history, history of development policy and the classical music of India. Teaches South Asia and Global History at the LSE.

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London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street
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United Kingdom
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