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 ‘History of Economic Thought’ and ‘Quantitative Reasoning for
Humanities’ (Jul-Nov ‘19) 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), and Kristu Jayanti College (2018); 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),
and Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), Bengaluru (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’.
- 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
Publications and Writings
- (2019), ‘A Note on the Role of Aggregate Demand in Ricardo’, History of Economics Review, vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 60-71. ,
- (2018), ‘Consumption and Activity Levels in Cantillon’s Essai’, History of Economic Ideas, vol.
26, no. 1, pp. 11-29.
- (2018), ‘Arun Bose on Sraffa: Value Theory and Demand’, Artha Vijnana, Special Issue on the
Indian Reception of Piero Sraffa’s Economic Contributions, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 17-33.
- (2018), ‘Adam Smith on the Philosophy and Provision of Education’, Journal of
Interdisciplinary Economics, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 105-116.
NOTES & COMMENTARY
(2019, forthcoming), ‘The “Nobel” Contributions of Paul Romer and William Nordhaus to Economic Theory and Policy: A Critical Assessment’, Economic & Political Weekly.
(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-
(2011), (with G. Omkarnath & L. Walling), ‘Pierangelo Garegnani: A Tribute’, Economic &
Political Weekly, vol. XLVI, no. 52, pp. 27-29.
- (2019), [Review of Saumen Chattopadhyay’s Macroeconomics of the Black Economy], Economic & Political Weekly, vol. LIV, no, 33, pp. 47-8.
- (2019), ‘The Fact/Fiction of Indian Agriculture’, Foundation for Agrarian Studies (FAS) Blog. [Review of Kota Neelima’s Death of a Moneylender]
- (2018), (with Varun Nallur), ‘Urgency of Inclusive Education’, The Book Review. [Review of
Dynamics of Inclusive Classroom: Social Diversity, Inequality and School Education edited
by M. K. Tiwary, S. Kumar, and A. K. Mishra]
- (2017), [Review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century], Beyond Disciplines:
An International Journal of Central University of Karnataka, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 130-134.
- (2017), [Review of Vijay Joshi’s India’s Long Road: The Search for Prosperity], Artha Journal
of Social Sciences, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 87-92
- (2016), [Review of Heinz Kurz’s Economic Thought: A Brief History], Economic & Political
Weekly, vol. LI, no. 43, pp. 35-8.
- (2015), [Review of S. R. Khan’s A History of Development Economics Thought], History of
Economics Review, July.
- (2014), '(Mis)understanding economic growth and development', Book reviews, ISBinsight,
vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 59-60. [Review of An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions J. Dréze &
A. Sen and Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the
Lessons for Other Developing Countries by J. Bhagwati & A. Panagariya]
OTHER SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
- (2019), (with Varun Nallur), ‘The Forgotten Funds’, Op-Ed, The Hindu, June 20.
- (2019), ‘Why Adam Smith favoured Public Education’, Op-Ed, The Hindu, January 10.
- (2018), ‘Demonetisation Made Winners of Companies Like Paytm, The Poor Are Still
Counting The Costs’, Huffington Post India, November 9.
- (2017), ‘Increasing Economic Disparity In India Is Making It Impossible For The Poor To Have
A Good Life’, Huffington Post India, December 27.
- (2017), ‘Jean Drèze’s Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone Rightly
Underscores Ethics and Social Norms’, Huffington Post India, October 5.
- (2017), ‘Why “One Nation, One Tax” Doesn’t Really Make Sense in India’, Huffington Post
India, September 9.
- (2017), ‘India’s Short Road to Crisis’, Jacobin, February 24.
- (2016), ‘The foreign hand isn’t enough’, The Hindu, Op-ed, September 8.
- (2016), ‘(Un)learning Economics’, Teacher Plus, Cover Story, May-June, pp. 88-91.
- (2012), ‘Economics Textbooks as Commodities’, Student Struggle, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 19-21.
- (2012), ‘Heterodox Economics’, (with T. Arora, N. Kumar et al), Letter, Economic & Political
Weekly, vol. XLVII, no. 5, p. 4.
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 www.alexmthomas.com, which finds a mention in the Heterodox Economics Directory.