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Bishnupriya Gupta

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Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23034

Fax: +44 (0)24 765 23032

Email: B dot Gupta at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: S1.118

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Wednesday: 11-12 and Thursday 10-11 am

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CAGE-Discover Economics Schools Project:

Professor of Economics

Research Director CAGE

Co-editor, the Journal of Economic History

Research Interests
  • Industrial Organization in Colonial India,
  • The "Great Divergence" between Europe and Asia,
  • Sex Ratio and Gender Bias.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Community Origins of Industrial Entrepreneurship in Colonial India (With Dilip Mookherjee, Kaivan Munshi and Mario Sanclemente, Journal of Development of Economics, 2022,

Demographic Shocks and Women's Labour Market Participation: Evidence from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in India (With James Fenske and Song Yuan) , Journal of Economic History, 2022.

Falling Behind and Catching Up: India’s Transition from a Colonial Economy”, Economic History Review, 2019.

Japan and the Great Divergence, 730-1870" (2018) with Jean-Pascal Bassino, Stephen Broadberry, Kyoji Fukao, and Masanori Takashima, Explorations in Economic History, 2019. (Larry Neal prize for the best paper in 2019)

Reputational Consequences of Labour Coercion: Evidence from Assam's Tea Plantations (with Anand Swamy) Journal of Development Economics, 2017

India and the Great Divergence: An Anglo-Indian Comparison of GDP per capita, 1600-1871 (with Stephen Broadberry and Johann Custodis), Explorations in Economic History, 2015.

Discrimination or Social Networks? Industrial Investment in Colonial India, Journal of Economic History, March 2014.

Where have All the Brides Gone? Sex Ratio and Marriage in India, Economic History Review, February 2014.

Wages, Unions and Labour Productivity: Evidence from Indian Cotton Mills, Economic History Review, February 2011

Forthcoming Book:

An Economic History of India: Growth, Income and Inequalities from the Mughals to the 21st Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Edited Book:

A New Economic History of Colonial India (Jointly with Latika Chaudhary, Tirthankar Roy and Anand Swamy), Routledge, 2015

Book Chapters

“From free Trade to Regulation: The Political Economy of India’s Development” in Broadberry, S. and K. Fukao (ed), The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2020

“South Asia in the World Economy: 1600- 1950” in G. Riello and T. Roy (ed) Global Economic History, Bloomsbury, 2018.

“From Artisanal Production to Machine tools: Industrialization in India over the long run”, with Tirthankar Roy in K. O’Rourke and J. Williamson (ed), Industrial Growth in the Global Periphery since 1870, Oxford University Press, 2017

“States and Development: Early Modern India, China and Great Divergence” (with Debin Ma and Tirthankar Roy) in Eloranta, J., Golson, E., Markewich, A and N. Wolf, (eds) Economic History of Warfare and State Formation, Springer 2016.

Working Papers and Work in Progress:

“Missing Women in Colonial India”, with James Fenske and Cora Neumann

Conflict and Gender Norms: Evidence from India, with Mark Dincecco, James Fenske and Anil Menon