Alex M Thomas

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Classical Political Economy


Alex 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, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, History of Economic Ideas, History of Economics Review, and Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics.

He is currently a council member of the European Society of the History of Economic Thought (ESHET) and is working on a textbook on the history of economic thought.

Alex has given more than 100 invited lectures in the areas of the history of economic thought, classical political economy, heterodox economics, and teaching of economics in the last eight years. Some of these lectures are available for viewing on his YouTube channel.

He also delivered the economics lecture at the 1st Bengaluru Central University (BCU) Nobel Lecture Series (2018), the 14th Dr. M. V. Kurien Commemorative Lecture at Union Christian (UC) College, Aluva (2019) on Adam Smith and his Contemporary Relevance’, and the 29th K. K. Francis Memorial Lecture, St. Berchmans (SB) College, Changanacherry (2021): History of Economic Thought: Rigorous and Relevant’.

He has taught courses like History of Economic Thought, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Introduction to Economics II, Quantitative Reasoning for Humanities, Understanding India‑1, Growth Theory, Writing in Economics and Advanced Writing at Azim Premji University.

Prior to joining Azim Premji University, he taught introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics from 2011 – 14 to Undergraduate students at the University of Sydney.




Chapters in Edited Books

Journal Articles

  • Thomas, A. M. (2023). Recent histories of Indian Economic Thought: A critical survey. Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 64(2), 19 – 44.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2023). Classical economics and the question of aggregate demand. Review of Political Economy. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1080​/​09538259​.​2022​.​2156160
  • Thomas, A. M. (2022). Classical economics and Keynes. Economic & Political Weekly, 57(9), 70 – 71. https://​www​.epw​.in/​j​o​u​r​n​a​l​/​2022​/​9​/​d​i​s​c​u​s​s​i​o​n​/​c​l​a​s​s​i​c​a​l​-​e​c​o​n​o​m​i​c​s​-​a​n​d​-​k​e​y​n​e​s​.html
  • Thomas, A. M. (2021). COVID-19 and economics education: A view from India. International Journal of Pluralism & Economics Education, 12(1), 67 – 70. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1504​/​I​J​P​E​E​.​2021​.​118151
  • Thomas, A. M. (2021). On effectual demand” and the extent of the market” in Adam Smith and David Ricardo. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 28(3), pp. 305 – 23.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2019). Romer and Nordhaus’s Nobel winning contributions. Economic & Political Weekly, 54(35), 10 – 13.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2019). Adam Smith on wages and education: Some policy implications for India. Indian Journal of Human Development, 13(1), 84 – 89.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2018). A note on the role of aggregate demand in Ricardo. History of Economics Review, 70(1), 60 – 71
  • Thomas, A. M. (2018). Consumption and activity levels in Cantillon’s Essai. History of Economic Ideas, 26(1),11 – 29.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2018). Arun Bose on Sraffa: Value theory and demand. Artha Vijnana, 60(1), 17 – 33.
  • Thomas, A. M., & De, R. (2018). Rethinking undergraduate economics Education. Economic & Political Weekly, 53(3), 21 – 24.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2018). Adam Smith on the philosophy and provision of education. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 30(1), 105 – 116.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2017). Ricardo’s principles, 200 years later. Artha Vijnana, 59(4), 334 – 338.
  • Thomas, A. M., & Walling, L. (2015). On interest, investment and economic growth. Economic & Political Weekly, L(17),125 – 126.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2015). Economic survey 2014 – 15: Growth policy and theory. Economic & Political Weekly, L(32), 62 – 65.
  • Thomas, A. M., & Joshi, D.P.P. (2013). Using an aggregate production function: Some methodological issues. Economic & Political Weekly, XLVIII(17), 55 – 56.
  • Thomas, A. M. (2012). Cantillon’s political economy. Economic & Political Weekly, XLVII(31), 92 – 96.
  • Thomas, A. M., Omkarnath, G., & Walling, L. (2011). Pierangelo Garegnani: A tribute. Economic & Political Weekly, XLVI(52), 27 – 29.

Book Reviews

Newspaper Articles

Magazine Articles

Online Articles


Blog post

  • Thomas, A. M. (2020). Revisiting the economic thought of K. N. Raj. Ala, 22.