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Alex M. Thomas


Alex M. Thomas teaches economics at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. He received his economics education from the universities of Madras, Hyderabad, and Sydney. He has published in both national and international journals such as Artha Vijnana, Economic & Political Weekly, History of Economic Ideas, History of Economics Review, and Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. While his commentary on the Indian economy is often published as blog posts, occasionally they have found their way to Huffington Post India, The Hindu, and Jacobin.

He currently teaches ‘Intermediate Macroeconomics’ (Jan-Apr 2020) to the undergraduate students. He has taught ‘History of Economic Thought’, ‘Intermediate Macroeconomics’, ‘Introduction to Economics II’, ‘Quantitative Reasoning for Humanities’, ‘Understanding India-1’, ‘Growth Theory’, and ‘Advanced Writing’ in the last 4 years at the undergraduate level. Prior to joining APU, he taught introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics from 2011-14 to undergraduate students at the University of Sydney.

Alex has given invited lectures on: classical economics at the University of Hyderabad (2015), Central University of Tamil Nadu (2018), Kristu Jayanti College (2018), and Bengaluru B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) (2019); the Indian economy at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (2016, 2018), University of Hyderabad (2016, 2017), St. Joseph’s College (2017), National Public School, Indira Nagar (2017), Farook College (2017), and Christ (Deemed to be University) (2018); and the history of economic thought at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum (2019), Jawaharlal Nehru University (2019), University of Hyderabad (2019), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi (2019), Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), Bengaluru (2019), St. Joseph’s College (2019).

He also delivered the economics lecture at the 1st Bengaluru Central University (BCU) Nobel Lecture Series (2018) and the 14th Dr. M. V. Commemorative Lecture at Union Christian (UC) College, Aluva (2019) on ‘Adam Smith and his Contemporary Relevance’.

Academic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Economics (University of Sydney)
  • M.Phil. in Economics (University of Hyderabad)
  • M.A in Economics (University of Hyderabad)
  • B.A in Economics (Loyola College, Chennai)
Areas of Interest
  • History of economic thought
  • Economic growth & development
  • Indian economy
  • Classical economics

Click here to listen to Alex M. Thomas talking about areas of interest and current research work.

Publications and Writings

Academic publications


  • (2019), Pluralistic Economics and its History, co-edited with Ajit Sinha, New Delhi: Routledge.
  • Contract signed with Cambridge University Press to write an Introductory Macroeconomics textbook.



  • (2019), ‘Romer and Nordhaus’s Nobel Winning Contributions’, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 54, no. 35, pp. 10-13.
  • (2019), ‘Adam Smith on Wages and Education: Some Policy Implications for India’, Indian Journal of Human Development, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 84-89.
  • (2018), (with Rahul De) ‘Rethinking Undergraduate Economics Education’, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 21-24.
  • (2017), ‘Ricardo’s Principles, 200 years later’, Artha Vijnana, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 334-338.
  • (2015), (with L. Walling) ‘On Interest, Investment and Economic Growth’, Comment, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. L, no. 17, pp. 125-6.
  • (2015), Economic Survey 2014-15: Growth Policy and Theory’, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. L, no. 32, pp. 62-65.
  • (2013), (with D. P. Priyadarshi Joshi) ‘Using an Aggregate Production Function: Some Methodological Issues’, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. XLVIII, no. 17, pp. 55-6.
  • (2012), ‘Cantillon’s Political Economy’, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. XLVII, no. 31, pp. 92- 96.
  • (2011), (with G. Omkarnath & L. Walling), ‘Pierangelo Garegnani: A Tribute’, Economic & Political Weekly, vol. XLVI, no. 52, pp. 27-29.




    Alex has been blogging on economic topics, particularly the history of economic thought, macroeconomics, Indian economy and the methodology of economics since 2006. His blog’s address is, which finds a mention in the Heterodox Economics Directory.

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