Vikas Kumar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Political Economy of Statistics
  • Law and Economics
  • Economics of Religion
  • Indian History


Vikas Kumar is a faculty with the School of Development.

Vikas studied metallurgy at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (B Tech 2001) and economics at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (Ph.D., 2010) and the University of Hamburg (Doctoral fellow, 2007-08). He worked with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, New Delhi and Trichy and later National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, where he taught Law, Economics, and Religion and Introduction to Game Theory, before joining Azim Premji University. His research explores the interfaces between politics and statistics, economics and religion, and the Kauṭiliya Arthaśāstra and other pre-modern texts

Publications and Writings


Ankush Agrawal and Vikas Kumar. Numbers in India’s Periphery: The Political Economy of Government Statistics. New Delhi(2020).


Contributions to Books 

Working/​Occasional Papers

Book Reviews

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