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Bishnupriya Gupta


Curriculum Vitae

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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Autum Term: Tuesdays 2-4 pm

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Deputy Coordinator of Economic Development and History Research Group

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

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

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.

“Parental Altruism and Child Labour: Examining Historical Evidence from the United Statesâ€� with V. Bhaskar. Cliometrica, 2012.

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

The Historical Roots of India's Service-Led Development: A sectoral Analysis of Anglo-Indian Productivity Differences, 1870-2000" (with Stephen Broadberry). Explorations in Economic History, July 2010

"Lancashire, India and Shifting Competitive Advantage in Cotton Textiles, 1700-1850: The Neglected Role of Factor Prices", with Stephen Broadberry, Economic History Review, May 2009.

India's Missing Girls: Bology, Customs and Economic Development, with V. Bhaskar, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, June, 2007.

Partial Privatization and Yardstick Competition: Evidence from the Jute Industry in Bangladesh, with V. Bhaskar and M. Khan, The Economics of Transition, June 2006.

The Early Modern Great Divergence: Wages, Prices and Economic Development in Europeand Asia, 1500-1800, with Stephen Broadberry, Economic History Review, February 2006.

Why did Collusion Fail? Archival Evidence from the Indian Jute Industry, Business History, October, 2005.

The International Tea Cartel during the Great Depression, 1929-33, Journal of Economic History, Vol 61, No.1, 2001

Edited Book:

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

Book Chapters

“India’s Growth in a Long Run Perspectiveâ€� in R. Jha (Ed) Handbook of South Asian Economics, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.

"Europe in an Asian Mirror: The Great Divergence", with Debin Ma in Broadberry, S. and O'Rourke, K. (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Volume 1: 1700-1870, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press , forthcoming, Spring 2010

"Competition and Control in the Market for Textiles: The Indian Weavers and the East India Company" in Riello G and T Roy (eds) How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850 , Leiden: Brill, 2009