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).
- 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
Publications and Writings
- (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.
- (2018), (with Rahul De) ‘Rethinking Undergraduate Economics Education’, Economic &
Political Weekly, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 21-24.
- (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), ‘Ricardo’s Principles, 200 years later’, Artha Vijnana, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 334-338.
- (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), ‘Economic Survey 2014-15: Growth Policy and Theory’, Economic & Political Weekly,
vol. L, no. 32, pp. 62-65.
- (2015), [Review of S. R. Khan’s A History of Development Economics Thought], History of
Economics Review, July.
- (2015), (with L. Walling) ‘On Interest, Investment and Economic Growth’, Comment,
Economic & Political Weekly, vol. L, no. 17, pp. 125-6.
- (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]
- (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.
Other selected publications
- (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), ‘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), ‘On Economic Theory and Methods’, The Economics Periodical, Issue 1, University of
Hyderabad, pp. 55-57.
- (2017), ‘Asking Our Students To Be ‘Apolitical’ Is Really Bad Advice’, Huffington Post India,
- (2017), ‘India’s Short Road to Crisis’, Jacobin, February 24.
- (2016), ‘Demonetisation is Neither Good Economics nor Politics’, Huffington Post India,
- (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.
- (2016), ‘Why an Education without Politics is Incomplete’, Huffington Post India, April 2.
- (2015), ‘Elements of a good UG education’, Deccan Herald, December 24.
- (2013), ‘On Scientific Progress in Economics’, Pareto Times, vol. I, Issue 5, Hyderabad:
University of Hyderabad, p.3.
- (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.