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Ajit Sinha

Email: ajit.sinha@apu.edu.in

Ajit Sinha is professor of economics at Azim Premji University. He has a long and varied experience of teaching and research in economics. Ajit started his career as lecturer of economics at University of Delhi in 1982 and went on to teach economics at State University of New York at Buffalo, York University, Canada and The University of Newcastle, Australia. In 1999, Ajit joined LBS National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie as Professor of Economics and taught there for two years. Since then he has been Professor (and also Director) at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Maître des Conférences Associé at Collège de France, Paris, Visiting Professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai, University of Paris 1 (Sorbonne) and University of Trento, Italy. Ajit has also been Visiting Fellow at Centre for Development Economics at Delhi School of Economics, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at JNU, Department of Economics, Bombay University, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Open University, UK, Honorary Research Associate at PHARE (University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne) and Visiting Scholar at Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge, UK. Ajit has also served as a member of ‘Research Institutes Committee’ and the National Steering Committee of the Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development (IDPAD) of ICSSR. He has also been a recipient of a research grant from Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to write a book on the Economics of Piero Sraffa.

Ajit has M.A in Economics from University of Delhi and a Ph.D. in Economics from State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. His main area of research has been the History of Economic Theory, particularly the theories of value and distribution. He has more than forty research papers published in reputed international journals and edited books and encyclopedias. His first book, Theories of Value from Adam Smith to Piero Sraffa, was published in 2010 by Routledge and the second edition of it with an ‘afterword’ is forthcoming in 2018. His second book titled A Revolution in Economic Theory: The Economics of Piero Sraffa was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan and the same publisher is publishing his third book (forthcoming in 2018) titled Essays in Theories of Value in Classical Tradition, containing his selected papers with a few new pieces. Ajit has also co-edited two books and was a member of the editorial board of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Political Economy, published by Routledge in 1999. Currently he is co-editing (with Alex Thomas) a volume titled Economics and its History, to be published by Routledge.

PUBLICATION

BOOKS

  • Essays on Theories of Value in the Classical Tradition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • A Revolution in Economic Theory: The Economics of Piero Sraffa, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 253.
  • Theories of Value from Adam Smith to Piero Sraffa, Routledge, 2010, pp. 375. Second edition with an ‘Afterword’, 2018 (forthcoming).

EDITED BOOKS

  • Economics and its History, co-edited with Alex Thomas, Routledge, 2018 (forthcoming). [The collection carries papers by some leading economists such as G.C. Harcourt, Meghnad Desai, John King, Cristina Marcuzzo, Roberto Scazzrieri, K.L. Krishna, Anjan Mukherjee and others].
  • Economic Development, Climatic Change and the Environment, co-edited with Siddhartha Mitra, Routledge, 2006, pp. 233, hb. [The collection carries papers by some leading environmental economists such as Roger Guesnerie, Jean-Charles Hourcade, Ngo Van Long, Barkley Rosser Jr. and others].
  • Encyclopedia of Political Economy, vols. 1 & 2, Member editorial Board, Routledge, 1999.
  • Latest Development in Marxist Theory-A Special Issue of Research in Political Economy, Volume 15, co-edited with Paul Zarembka, 1996, JAI Press, pp. 315. [The collection carries papers by some leading political economists such as Claudio Napoleoni, Giorgio Lunghini, Augusto Graziani and others].

JOURNAL PUBLICATION

  • ‘A Comment on Sraffa’s “Classical Economics”’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41(2), 2017, pp. 661-677.
  • ‘A Reflection on the Samuelson-Garegnani Debate’, Economic Thought, 4(2), 2015, pp. 48-67.
  • ‘Sraffa’s Contribution to the Methodology of Economics’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. 27(1), 2015, pp. 33-48.
  • ‘On Marx’s law of the falling rate of profit: disentangling some entangled variables’, Review of Radical Political Economics, 46(2), 2014, pp. 184-89.
  • ‘The New Interpretation of Sraffa’s Prices: A Response to Heinz Kurz’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 37(6), 2013, pp. 1449-1453.
  • ‘Listen to Sraffa’s Silences: A New Interpretation of Sraffa’s Production of Commodities’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36(6), 2012, pp. 1323-1339.
  • ‘A Response to Angelo Reati’, Review of Radical Political Economics, vol. 44(3), 2012, pp. 401-402.
  • ‘Celebrating 50 years of Sraffa’s Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLV, No. 42, October 16, 2010, pp. 61-65.
  • ‘In Defence of Adam Smith’s Theory of Value’. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, vol. 17(1), March 2010, pp. 29-48.
  • ‘A Note on Ricardo’s Invariable Measure of Value’. Cahiers d’économie politique, N° 58, 2010, pp. 133-144.
  • ‘A Sraffian Critique of the Classical Notion of the Centre of Gravitation’ (with M-S Dupertuis). Cambridge Journal of Economics, 33(6), 2009, pp. 1065-1087.
  • ‘Reading A.K. Dasgupta’: A review article of Collected Works of A.K. Dasgupta vols. 1- 3, OUP, Journal of Quantitative Economics, 7(1), 2009, pp. 3-22.
  • ‘Sraffa’s System: Equal Rate of Profits and the Notion of Centre of Gravitation’ (with M- S Dupertuis). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 71, 2009, pp. 495- 501.
  • ‘Existence of the Standard system in the multiple production case: A solution to the Manara problem’ (with M-S Dupertuis). Metroeconomica, vol. 60(3), 2009, pp. 432-454.
  • ‘Sraffa and the Question of Equilibrium’ (with M.-S.Dupertuis). Cahiers d’économie politique, 2009, N° 56, pp. 91-100.
  • ‘Sraffa and the Later Wittgenstein’, Contributions to Political Economy, Vol. 28, 2009, pp. 47-69.
  • ‘Is it meaningful to talk of price changes in a regime of technical change?’ (with Paul Cockshott). Review of Political Economy, July 2008, 393-403.
  • ‘Sraffa and the Assumption of Constant Returns to Scale: A Critique of Samuelson and Etula’. Contributions to Political Economy, Vol. 26, 2007, 61-70.
  • ‘A Comment on Sen’s “Sraffa, Wittgenstein, and Gramsci”’, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 61, 2006, 504-512.
  • ‘Some Critical Comments on de Vivo’s Interpretation of Sraffa’s Path to Production of Commodities’, Contributions to Political Economy, vol. 25, 2006, 83-89.
  • ‘Minimum Income Entitlement’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XL, No. 27, 2005, pp. 2896-2899.
  • ‘Trends in India’s GDP Growth Rate: Some Comments’, (with Shirin Tejani) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXXIX, No. 25, 2004, 5634-5639.
  • ‘Celebrating Twenty Volumes of Research in Political Economy’, Science and Society 68 (1), 2004, 90-92.
  • ‘Reading Sraffa: Philosophical Underpinnings of Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities’, Idea (Electronic Journal), 2002, 33pp.
  • ‘Understanding the Transformation Problem: Is the Standard Commodity a Solution?’, Review of Radical Political Economics, 32(2), 2000, pp. 265-281.
  • ‘Hollander's "Marx and Malthusianism": A Critique’, History of Economics Review, No. 28, Summer 1998, pp. 104-112.
  • ‘The Transformation Problem: A Critique of the “New Solution”’, Review of Radical Political Economics, vol. 29, No. 3, 1997, pp. 50-58.
  • ‘Productive/Unproductive Labour: A note on Marx’s critique of Adam Smith’, History of Economics Review, No. 26, Winter-Summer 1997, pp. 125-130.
  • ‘A Critique of Part One of Capital Vol. 1: The Value Controversy revisited’, Research in Political Economy Vol. 15, 1996, pp. 195-222.
  • ‘The Concept of Value in Marx-A Reinterpretation’, Research in Political Economy, Vol. 12, 1990, pp. 41-79.

PUBLICATION IN ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND EDITED BOOKS

  • ‘Introduction’ in Economics and its History, (eds.) Ajit Sinha and Alex Thomas, Routledge, (Forthcoming in 2018).
  • ‘From “Change” to “Difference”: Sraffa’s Reinterpretation of Classical Economics’ in Economics and its History, (eds.) Ajit Sinha and Alex Thomas, Routledge, (Forthcoming in 2018).
  • ‘Political Economics of Economic Value’, The Palgrave Handbook of Political Economy, Palgrave, (Forthcoming in 2018).
  • ‘Heterodox Theories of Value: A Brief History’, The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics, Routledge, 2017.
  • ‘A New Perspective on Sraffa’ in Towards a New Understanding of Sraffa: Insights from Archival Research (eds.) Riccardo Bellofiore and Scott Carter, Palgrave, 2014, pp. 81-93.
  • ‘A Response to Comments by Professor Salanti’ in Towards a New Understanding of Sraffa: Insights from Archival Research (ed.) Riccardo Bellofiore and Scott Carter, Palgrave, 2014, pp. 130-32.
  • ‘On the Notion of Equilibrium and the Gravitation Mechanism’ in The Oxford Handbook of Post-Keynesian Economics vol.1, (eds.) G.C. Harcourt and Peter Kriesler, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 101-122.
  • ‘Introduction’ (with Siddhartha Mittra), Economic Development, Climatic Change and the Environment, (Sinha and Mitra eds.), Routledge, 2006, 9-21.
  • ‘Some Critical Reflections on Marx’s Theory of Value’, in Value and the World Economy Today, (eds.) R. Westra and A. Zuege, Palgrave, 2003, 171-188.
  • ‘Transformation Problem’, Readers Guide to Social Sciences, (ed.) Jonathan Michie, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers: London, 2001. Also reprinted in Encyclopedia of Social Sciences (2002) by the same publisher.
  • ‘Labour Theory of Value’, Readers Guide to Social Sciences, (ed.) Jonathan Michie, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers: London, 2001. Also reprinted in Encyclopedia of Social Sciences (2002) by the same publisher.
  • ‘Surplus Approach Economics’, Encyclopedia of Political Economy, (ed.) Phil O’Hara, Routledge: London, 1999.
  • ‘Transformation Problem’, Encyclopedia of Political Economy, (ed.) Phil O’Hara, Routledge: London, 1999.

BOOK REVIEW

  • Banerjee, A.V. and Esther Duflo. 2011. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVI (52), December 24, 2011, pp. 33-35.
  • Hollander, Samuel. 2008. The Economics of Marx, Review of Radical Political Economics, 42(4), 2010, pp. 560-64.
  • Kliman, A. 2007. Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”, Review of Radical Political Economics, 41(3), 2009, pp. 422-27.
  • Philip Arestis, Gabriel Palma, and Malcolm Sawyer (eds.) 1997. Capital Controversy, Post-Keynesian Economics and the History of Economics: Essays in Honor of G.C. Harcourt vol. 1. Review of Radical Political Economics, 37(1), 2005, pp. 97- 100.
  • Mongiovi, G. and F. Petri (eds.) 1999, Value, Distribution, and Capital: Essays in Honor of Pierangelo Garegnani. Review of Radical Political Economics, 34(4), 2002, pp. 499-503.
  • Lapides, K. 1998. Marx's Wage Theory in Historical Perspective. Review of Radical Political Economics, 33(2), 2001, pp. 237-241.
  • Wood, E.M. & J.B. Foster (eds.) 1997. In Defense of History. Review of Radical Political Economics, 31(3), 1999, pp. 127-133.


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