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Amit Basole
Azim Premji University
Amit Basole is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Liberal Studies, Azim Premji University where he teaches development economics and political economy. He has previously taught at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA and University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. His research has been published in various edited volumes and in journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, World Development, Development and Change, Rethinking Marxism, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and International Review of Applied Economics. Amit has recently edited a book called 'Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age'. His writings and lectures are available at

Articles By Amit Basole
Income inequality in India: Trends from the World Top Incomes Database
Posted On: 31 Aug 2015

Given the lack of reliable wage or asset data, tax returns-based World Top Incomes Database is important for measuring income and wealth inequalities. Analysing the India series of the database, this column find that starting in the 1980s average incomes grew faster than ever before, but that most of the gains went to the super rich. The trends mirror massive shifts in Indian political economy during that period.
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What explains declining calorie consumption in India?
Posted On: 16 Jun 2014

Topics:   Health

It is puzzling to note that while real household expenditures and incomes in rural India have been on the rise, average calorie intake has declined. Analysing data from the National Sample Survey, this column finds that this is an outcome of a food-budget squeeze; rapidly rising expenses on non-food essentials such as cooking fuel are absorbing all the increases in real total expenditures
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