Bishnupriya Gupta is Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Warwick and 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.
The historical roots of India’s booming service economy
13 Jan 2017
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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