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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 toThe Hindu andJacobin.

He has taught ‘Introduction to Economics II’, ‘Understanding India-1’, ‘Growth Theory’ and ‘Advanced Writing’ in the last 3 years at the undergraduate level. He currently teaches ‘History of Economic Thought’ and ‘Quantitative Reasoning for Humanities’ (Jul-Dec ’18). 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 talks on: classical economics at the University of Hyderabad (2015), Central University of Tamil Nadu (2018), and Kristu Jayanti College (2018); and 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), and Farook College (2017).

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
  • Economic growth & development
  • Classical economics
  • History of economic thought
  • Indian economy

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Publications and Writings

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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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