FY 2014/2015 Research Topic: C-44
Economic Division in British India: An Analysis of Population Dynamics
This research project examines population dynamics of Indian districts. By taking partition and independence as a natural experiment, we analyze the distribution of population, occupation structure, as well as the impact of changes in market access. For this analysis, we will construct a historical database and maps of British India. From the theoretical predictions of New Economic Geography, border regions will suffer substantial decline due to a decrease in market access. It is the objective of this research to test this prediction. Through the study of historical economic division, which is the opposite of economic integration, we intend to contribute to the understanding of future economic integration in South Asia.
April 2014 - March 2016
Members of the Research Project
- 1st year: "Economic division in British India: An analysis of population dynamics" (Interim Report, March 2015)
- 2nd year: Articles to be submitted to academic journals.