The Economist's Economist

Amiya K Dasgupta (1903-1992) was uniquely placed with respect to Indian Independence which came almost at the midpoint of his life. He was thus able to have a symmetric view of the economy in pre- and post-independence India... and was hugely influential as a result. His collected works have now been published by Oxford University Press in three volumes that have been edited by his daughter, Alaknanda Patel.

"One of the founding fathers of modern economics in India, A. K. Dasgupta is considered a pioneer in theoretical economics. His extensive scholarship included the critical evaluation and understanding of practically all schools of economic thought: Classical, Marxist, Marginalist, Neo-Classical, Keynesian, and the many variants of growth theory.

[Volume I] contains two of the author's most important treatises. The Conception of Surplus in Theoretical Economics was written in the mid-1930s, a period of intellectual turmoil sweeping across centres of economic learning in UK and USA. Epochs of Economic Theory, written in the 1980s, provides a perspective on the development of economic thought and theory through successive periods in history and offers several original ideas on classical political economy."

Volume II, contains his Essays in Economic Theory, while Volume III is a collection of his Essays in Planning and Public Policies. These latter two volumes are not available here yet, but the first is.

In our Collected Works and Economics Sections. Hardcover, Rs 995. ISBN 9780195687880

Comments