Recent papers

Basole Amit.2022. Structural Transformation and Employment Generation in India: Past Performance and the Way Forward, Ind. J. Labour Econ.

Jha, Mrinalini and Amit Basole. 2023. Labour Incomes in India: A Comparison of Two National Household Surveys. Ind. J. Labour Econ. ***

Structural Change and Employment Poverty and Inequality Political Economy of Knowledge Pedagogy and Methods Policy analysis

State of Working India

State of Working India 2021, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

State of Working India 2019, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

State of Working India 2018, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

Structural Change and Employment

Abraham Rosa, Amit Basole and Surbhi Kesar.2021. Down and out? The gendered impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on India’s labour market, Economia Politica,

Basole Amit. 2021. Labour, Livelihoods, and Employment in the 2021–22 Union Budget, Economic and Political Weekly, February 27, 2021.

Kesar Surbhi, Rosa Abraham, Paaritosh Nath, Rahul Lahoti and Amit Basole. 2021. Pandemic, informality, and vulnerability: Impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in India, Canadian Journal of Development Economics/Revue canadienne d’études du développement , 42(1-2), 145-164.

Nath, Paaritosh and Amit Basole. 2021.“Did Employment Rise or Fall in India between 2011 and 2017? Estimating Absolute Changes in the Workforce,” forthcoming, Economic and Political Weekly. Working paper version.

Gupta Gaurav and Amit Basole.2020. India’s information technology industry: prospects for growth and role in structural transformation. Decision, December 2020, DOI:

Basole A and Narayan A (2020) Long-Run Performance of the Organised Manufacturing Sector in India: An Analysis of Sub-periods and Industry-level Trends, Economic and Political Weekly, March 7, 2020.

Basole A (2018) Understanding India’s Jobs Crisis, in Education, Employment and Employability Landscape of India, Volume 10, Issue 5 NHRD Network Journal, January 2018.

Basole A (2016) The Agrarian Question in India, in Ravi Kumar, ed. Contemporary Readings in Marxism: A Critical Introduction, New Delhi: Aakar Books.

Basole A (2016) Spare Change for Spare Time? Homeworking Women in Banaras, in Saraswati Raju and Santosh Jatrana eds. Women Workers in Urban India, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.

Basole A (2016) Informality and Flexible Specialization: Apprenticeships and Knowledge Spillovers in an Indian Silk Weaving Cluster, Development and Change VOl 47, No.1, pp.157-187.

Basole A, Basu D, and Bhattacharya R (2015) Determinants and Impact of Subcontracting: Evidence from India’s Informal Manufacturing Sector, International Review of Applied Economics, 29:3, pp.374- 402.

Basu D and Basole A (2011) Relations of Production and Modes of Surplus Extraction in India: Part One – Agriculture , Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, pp. 41-58

Basole A and Basu D (2011) Relations of Production and Modes of Surplus Extraction in India: Part Two – Informal Industry , Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, pp. 63-79

Pedagogy and Methods

Basole A and Jayadev A (2018) A Better Economics for the Indian Context, Economic and Political Weekly, June 16, 2018.

Ramnarain S and Basole A (2016) Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods in Economics (with Smita Ramnarain), in Frederic S. Lee and Bruce Cronin eds. Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics, Edward Elgar.

Basole A and Jayadev A (2018) Employment Guarantee in the Age of Precarity: The Case of India’s NREGA, in Jose Antonio Ocampo and Joseph E. Stiglitz (eds.), The Welfare State Revisited, New York: Columbia University Press.

Basole A (2017) The Politics and Economic of Demonetisation (Hindi) Pratiman, June 2017.

Basole A (2017) What Does the Rural Economy Need: Analysis of the Promises for Rural India, Economic and Political Weekly Union Budget 2017-2018 Special Issue, March 4, 2017.

Poverty and Inequality
Basole A and Basu D (2015) Non-Food Expenditures and Consumption Inequality in India, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 36, pp. 43-53.

Basole A and Basu D (2015) Fueling Calorie Intake Decline: Household Level Evidence from Rural India, World Development, Vol. 68, pp. 82-95.

Basole A (2014) Dynamics of Income Inequality in India: Insights from World Top Incomes Database, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No.40, pp.14-17.

Political Economy of Knowledge
Basole A (2018) The Skilled and the Schooled: India’s struggles over what counts as knowledge, The Caravan, January 2018.

Basole A (editor) (2015) Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age, Aakar Book, New Delhi. Order the book on Flipkart, Table of Contents, Review of the book in EPW by Aseem Shrivastava

Basole A (2015) Authenticity, Innovation and the Geographical Indication in an Artisanal Industry: The Case of the Banarasi Sari, The Journal of World Intellectual Property, 18:3/4, pp. 127-149.

Basole A (2015) Knowledge, Work, and Education, in A. Basole ed. Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age, Aakar Books, New Delhi.

Basole A (2015) Lokavidya Goes Virtual: Indigenous Knowledge in the Gatesian Age, in A. Basole, ed. Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age, Aakar Books, New Delhi.

Sahasrabudhey S and Basole A (2015) Reinventing the Indian University: Arguing from a lokavidya standpoint, in A. Basole, ed. Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age, Aakar Books, New Delhi.

Basole A (2014) The Informal Economy from a Knowledge Perspective, Yojana Development Monthly, October 2014.

Basole A (2014) Whose Knowledge Counts? Reinterpreting Gandhi for the Information Age, International Journal of Hindu Studies, 18:3, pp.1-44.

Basole A (2013) Class-biased technical change and Socialism, ReMarx,Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture, and Society, 25: 4, pp. 592-601.

Birla S and Basole A (2013) Negotiating (with) English in Mumbai’s Informal Economy, Urban Aspirations in Global Cities Working Paper

Basole A (2013) Gandhian Economics in a Knowledge Society, in Tara Sethia and Anjana Narayan eds. The Living Gandhi:Lessons for Our Times, Penguin India (book chapter)

Basole A (2012) Knowledge, Gender, and Production Relations in India’s Informal Economy. UMass-Amherst, PhD Dissertation.

Basole A (2010) The Technology Question in Lohia, in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 45. No. 44, October 30, 2010.

Bhattacharya R and Basole A (2009) The Phantom of Liberty: Mo(der)nism and Postcolonial Imaginations in India, in Rajani Kanth ed. The Challenge of Eurocentrism: Global Perspectives, Policy and Prospects, Palgrave Macmillan, May 2009 (book chapter).

Basole A (2009) Eurocentrism, the University and multiplicity of knowledge production sites, in the Edu-Factory Collective ed. The Global Autonomous University, NY: Autonomedia (book chapter).

Book Reviews
Basole A (2017) Championing the Village Movement, review of “The Web of Freedom: J.C. Kumarappa and Gandhi’s Struggle for Economic Justice”, Economic and Political Weekly, June 10, 2017.

Review of “Reading Marx in the Information Age: A Media and Communication Studies Perspective on Capital Volume 1” by Christian Fuchs, Rethinking Marxism,DOI: 10.1080/08935696.2017.1358496.

Review of “India’s New Economic Policy: A Critical Analysis” by Waquar Ahmed, Amitabh Kundu, and Richard Peet, Rethinking Marxism, forthcoming.

Review of “Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age” by Christian Fuchs, Routledge, 2008. Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol 42, No. 4, Dec 2010.

Review of “Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism” by Jim Stanford, Pluto Press, 2008, Review of Radical Political Economics,43:4, 584 (Winter 2011)

Review of John Hobson’s “Eastern Origins of Western Civilization” Review of Radical Political Economics 39:609-612 (Fall 2007).

Basole A, Kreft-Kerekes V, White LE and Fitzpatrick D (2006) Cortical Cartography Revisited: A Frequency Perspective on the Functional Architecture of Visual Cortex. Progress in Brain Research, 154:121-34.

Sanyal S, Consoulos C, Kuromi H, Basole A, Mukai L, Kidokoro Y, Krishnan KS and Ramaswami M (2005) Analysis of conditional paralytic mutants in Drosophila SERCA reveals novel mechanisms for regulating membrane excitability. Genetics, 169(2):737-50.

Basole A, White LE and Fitzpatrick D (2003) Mapping multiple features in the population response of visual cortex. Nature, 423:986-990.

Sanyal S, Basole A and Krishnan KS (1999) Phenotypic interaction between temperature sensitive paralytic mutants comatose and paralytic suggests a role for N- ethylmaleimide sensitive fusion factor in synaptic vesicle cycling in Drosophila, Journal of Neuroscience, 19:RC47 (1-5).

Sanyal S and Basole A) (1999) Neural complexity underlying simple behavior (review), Journal of Bioscience, 24:255-257.