Indian and Chinese Economic Development in Comparative Perspective

This course introduces students to the similarities and differences between Indian and Chinese economic history, institutions and performance, emphasising the link between these three, a core feature of the BA curriculum. India and China are often spoken of together as two large emerging economies of Asia. However, in the last three decades, the two have diverged substantially as China has made the transition to a middle income economy while India remains much poorer. The course will equip students to carry out more nuanced comparisons between the two countries and also enable to identify where India can learn from the Chinese experience and where it cannot.