Prof. M.A Oommen
M.A Oommen is the current Chairman of the Society for ‘Our Space’.
He is also Honorary Director of Centre for Budget Studies, Cochin
University of Science and Technology, Emeritus Professor at the
Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi and Honorary Fellow, Centre
for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. He was former Chairman,
Fourth State Finance Commission, Government of Kerala and was
Chairman and member in several commissions in India and abroad.
his masters degree in Economics in 1954 and received his PhD from
Kerala University in 1968. He obtained the Diploma in Economic
Development from Naples, Italy and awarded post doctoral fellowship
by the Rockeffeller Foundation. He has 38 years of teaching
experience, more than 50 years of research experience and published
more than 25 books and 200 papers
MA in Economics - First Class, First Rank (1954) Kerala
Ph.D., Kerala University (1968) Subject of Dissertation "Small
Industry in Indian Economic Growth - A Case Study of Kerala".
Diploma in Economic Development (1965), Institute for the Study
of Economic Development (ISVE), Naples, Italy - First Rank.
Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation 1969-70.
DD (Doctor of Divinity) Honoris Causa from Serampore College,
Malcom Adiseshiah Chair Professor, Decentralised Planning and
Development, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Development Studies,
Fellow, Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, USA, 1974-75.
- Senior Fulbright
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 38 Years
Professor, Institute of Management in Government, Trivandrum,
Professor & Head of the Department University of Calicut
Professor & Head of the Department University of Botswana
Professor & Head of the Department University of Calicut
Reader, University of Kerala (1970-76).
Lecturer, University of Kerala (1959-70).
Lecturer, Government Colleges (1956-59).
- Lecturer, CMS
College, Kottayam (1954-56).
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: 50 Years
Guiding Research for Ph.D: (Some
topics of research awarded Ph.d. given below):
Demand for Money and other Financial Assets in India -
The Economics of the Island Economy of Lakshadweep - Calicut
Power Generation in Kerala - A Financial Analysis - Calicut
Tax Performance: A Case Study of Sales Tax in Kerala -
State Finances: A Case Study of Kerala - Kerala University.
The Pharmaceutical Industry in India: Pricing and
Competition - Kerala University.
Changing Space of Women in Kerala with special reference to
Syrian Christian Women - Mahatma Gandhi University.
Research Projects directed and Reports submitted:
A Study on The Economy of Thiruvananthapuram District
publisher Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore
The Committee for Evaluation of Decentralised Planning and
Development, Government of Kerala. – Chairperson (2007-09)
Evaluation of Kudumbasree for Government of Kerala.
Methodology for Monitoring and Evaluation of Antipoverty
programme, Government of Kerala. (2006)
Decentralised Governance: A Comparative Study of the
Processes and Performance of Indian States – Sponsored by,
Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
A Poverty Entitlement Index, Report submitted to Government
of Kerala (2006).
Decentralisation and Poverty reduction: A case study of
Kerala for UNDP, New Delhi.
Fiscal Decentralisation to Rural Governments (Sponsored by
World Bank), (2002-03). Published by World Bank and Oxford
University Press (2004) Edited by Geeta Sethi.
Evaluation of the Community Development Services/UBSP for
Poverty Reduction and Aid - Project sponsored by European
Structural Adjustment and Vulnerable Sections: A Case Study
of Bihar (Sponsored by Action Aid-India) (1994).
Project on District Plan for Kannur District (Sponsored by
Government of Kerala and Planning Commission, Government of
A Study of Inter-State Tax Effort sponsored by IMG
(Institute of Management in Government, Thiruvananthapuram).
An Evaluation of Rural Development in Botswana, sponsored by
International Labour Office. (1984)
The Dynamics of Rural Transformation in Kerala, sponsored by
ICSSR, (Indian Council of Social Science Research), New
A Geo-Economic Survey of Lakshadweep Islands (Co-authors:
Dr. C. Naganna, Bangalore University, and Dr. B.N. Sinha,
Utkal University, sponsored by the University Grants
Commission, New Delhi (1982).
Inter-State Shifting of Industries sponsored by Indian
Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
(1981). Published in ICSSR Research Abstracts Quarterly, Vol
XXII No 1 & 2.
A Survey on Rural Employment in Kerala sponsored by Ministry
of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi (1971).
A Study of Land Reforms in Kerala sponsored by Planning
Commission, Government of India, New Delhi (1971).
Financing of Small-Scale Industries in Kerala sponsored by
the Banking Commission, Reserve Bank of India, Bombay
Current Research Project:
A comparative Study of Cuba and Kerala sponsored by Canadian
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada.
A Comparative Study of Kerala’s participatory Planning and
Porto Alegre’s Participatory Budgeting sponsored by Swiss
Development Agency. (Institute of Social Sciences, New
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Calicut (Two terms).
Governing Board Member, Madras Institute of Development Studies,
Governing Board Member, Institute of Regional Development
Governing Board Member, Institute of Management in Govt.,
Governing Board Member, Applied Inter-Disciplinary Research
Life Member and Governing Body Member, Centre for Mathematical
Board of Studies in Economics (Post-graduate):
University of Calicut (Chairman)
University of Kerala (Member)
Cochin University of Science & Technology (Member).
North-Eastern Hill University, Assam (Member).
Member, Academic Council, University of Calicut. (4 years)
Member, University Senate, University of Calicut (4 years).
Member, Faculty of Social Science, Cochin University of Science
Awarded three merit increments for outstanding performance in
teaching and research, University of Botswana (1984).
- Director, Institute
of Management in Government, Trivandrum (1992).
ADVISORY / CONSULTANCY WORK:
Adviser, State Planning Board, Government of Kerala. (2006-2011)
Consultant to the Royal Netherlands Embassy Mission on Rural
Water Supply and Sanitation for Kerala.
Member, Advisory Group on Panchayats, Eleventh Union Finance
Papers commissioned by Twelfth Union Finance Commission and
Invited Expert on Panchayat.
Member, Working Group on preparation of Template for State
finance Commission, Consultant, Thirteenth Union Finance
Member, Steering Committee on Decentralised Planning and Rural
Development, Government of Kerala (Eighth Five-Year Plan).
Member, Taskforce on Small Industry Planning, Government of
Kerala (Eighth Five-Year Plan).
Member, Taskforce on Higher Education Planning, Government of
Kerala, (Seventh and Eighth Five-Year Plan).
Member, Taskforce on Land Reforms, Kerala, India (Seventh,
Eighth and Ninth Five-Year Plans).
Consultant on site selection Methodology Project sponsored by
Science & Technology Division, Government of India.
Consultant of P.F.P. (Partnership for Productivity), Botswana,
and affiliate of P.E.P. International.
Member, Editorial Board, Pula - An African Social Science
Consultant, Indira Gandhi Open University, New Delhi (on
Thiruvananthapuram Capital Region Development Project.
CHAIRMANSHIP / MEMBERSHIP OF
Chairman, 4th Finance Commission, Govt. of Kerala. (2009-11)
Chairman, Committee for Evaluation of Decentralised Planning and
Member, Technical Committee constituted by Ministry of Panchayat
Raj to prepare memorandum to the Thirteenth Finance Commission.
Member, State curriculum Steering committee, State Council of
Educational Research and Training, Government of Kerala (2008
Chairman, Working Committee on Panchayat and Municipal Finance,
Tenth Five-Year Plan, Planning Commission, Government of India
Member, Working Group on State Resources, Tenth Five Year Plan,
Planning Commission, Government of India (2000-02).
Chairman, Expert Committee to study the performance of
Decentralised Governance in Kerala constituted by the Government
Member, High Power Committee on Decentralisation, Government of
Chairman, Steering Committee on Resources for Ninth Five-Year
Plan, Government of Kerala.
Member, Steering Committee on Higher Education, State Planning
Board, Government of Kerala.
Chairman, Commission on Reforming SIRD, Government of Kerala
Member, Kerala State 5th Pay Commission, Government of Kerala
One-Man Commission on the Implementation of U.G.C. Pay Scales,
Government of Kerala (1989).
Presidential Commission on Economic Opportunities, Government of
IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL VISITS /
Conference on Democratic Governance in Cities International
Symposium, Porto Alegre, Brazil Dec 2009 – January 2010.
Delivered a series of lecture at Mount Saint Vincent University,
Halifax, Canada. September 21-30, 2009.
Presented paper on Economic Reform and Kerala Model, Conference
on Modern South Asian Studies, University of Manchester, UK,
8-11 July 2008.
Presented paper at the Annual Conference on Human Development
and Capability Association, September 9-13, 2008, New Delhi.
Conference on Lessons from Human Development Experiences in Cuba
and Kerala, at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada.
December 3-6, 2008.
Visit to Lahore as part of Government of India Delegation led by
Minister of Panchayati Raj Mani Shakar Iyer, June 2007.
Third LPD (Local Politics and Development) Conference September
24 -26, 2004 at University of OSLO.
Conference on Lessons of Human Development in Kerala and Cuba
held at University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Conference on Decentralisation and Poverty. Bangkok. UNDP, New
Attended a conference on ‘Actuality and Meaning of Social
Movements’ Castle of Schengen, Luxembourg, January 11-14, 2002
organised by Luxembourg Institute for Europe and International
Presented a paper on Economic Justice under Globalisation at the
International Conference on ‘Ecumenical Consultation on Social
Advocacy’, held at Pattaya (Thailand), October 4-8, 2001.
Indian Delegate to the International Conference on Globalisation
and Third World Countries, Havana, Cuba, March 17-20, 2000.
Sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs. Government of
Attended International Conference on Rebuilding Global Justice
in the 21st Century, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 2-8, 2000.
Presented Paper on `Impact of Globalisation on Asia',
International Conference on ‘Impact of Globalisation’ organised
by Chinese Agency for International Understanding, Beijing,
November 17-24, 2000.
Special invitee to the International Conference on the Economic
Impact of Globalisation held in Nadi, Fiji Islands.
Attended conference on Christianity, Colonisation and
Globalisation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 19-26, 1999.
Special Invitee to the International Conference on African
Business System, Mombosa, Kenya, June 2-8, 1997.
Invited to present a paper on `Climate and Sustainable
Development', International Conference on Climate Change at
Kyoto, Japan sponsored by World Council of Churches, November 30
- December 5, 1997.
Attended European Malayalee Conference Germany as part of a team
led by Chief Minister of Kerala, November 15-20, 1996.
Attended Conference on Development Sponsored by CCA (World
Council of Churches) at Manila, Philippines, November 23 -
December 1, 1996.
Attended Prep Com meeting on World Summit on Social Development,
UN, New York, January 1995.
Attended World Summit on Social Development, Copenhagen, March
Attended the seminar on Analytical Techniques for Decentralised
Planning, 10-15, December 1990, at Bangkok, Thailand, sponsored
by FAO, Rome as an Indian Expert.
Attended South Asia Caucus meeting Dhaka, 1994 in connection
with UN Social Summit.
Delivered a series of Lectures at the University of Bradford,
U.K. on "Decentralised Planning and Rural Development in India",
Resource person at the International Conference on
"Restructuring the Zambian Economy" April 24-30, 1984 at Lusaka.
Presented a paper at the Workshop on "Rural Development Options
for Namibia" at Lusaka (October 1983) sponsored by ILO, Geneva.
Visiting Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, U.S.A. (1973-74)
(Senior Fulbright Fellow).
Presented paper at the Conference on the Economic Development of
Ceylon (1973-74) sponsored by University of Peradeniya, Sri
Visited USSR (1979) under the Programme of Indo-Soviet Cultural
Exchange as a guest of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, sponsored
by University Grants Commission.
Attended the Conference on Rural Development in the 1980's
Zimbabwe (was Chairman of the Session on Rural
Attended Conference on Land Policy and Agricultural Production
in Africa sponsored by U.N. University, Tokyo and National
Institute of Research Gaborne (was Chairman of the Session on
Land Tenure Systems of Africa)Attended a Conference on U.N
Second Development Decade in Geneva (1970).
Received an Award from the Agricultural Development Council, New
York, to study the problems of Small-Scale Industries in Japan,
Thailand & Philippines (1969), sponsored by Rockefeller
- Study in Italy
(1964-65) at I.S.V.E., Naples sponsored by the Ministry of
Education, Government of India, New Delhi.
(Select list where Professor was Chairman of Organising Committee)
International Conference on Kerala’s Development Experience held
at India International Centre, New Delhi, December 8-11, 1996.
International Seminar on Education in Kerala’s Developm ent:
Towards a New Agenda, held at Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram,
26-28 December 2000.
International Conference on A Decade of Decentralization in
Kerala: Issues, Options and Lessons – at Mascot Hotel,
Thiruvananthapuram, 7-9 October 2005
International Conference on “Kerala People’s Plan Revisited”
held at Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram, 14-15 December 2007.
International Conference on District Planning Methodology and
Agenda for Action’ held at Hotel Beach Arcade, Kollam, 28-29
Conference on Kerala’s Participatory Planning and Porto Alegre’s
Participatory Budgeting held at IMG, Thiruvananthapuram, 21-22
BOOKS PUBLISHED: (Select list)
The Economy of Thiruvananthapuram, Centre for Budget and Policy
Studies, Bangalore (2009).
. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, NE5 2JA, UK (2008).*Fiscal
Decentralisation to Local Government in India
A Decade of Decentralisation in Kerala: Issues, Options and
Lessons. Har-Anand Publications Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 2007.
Fiscal Decentralisation to Rural Government in Kerala in Geeta
Sethi, (ed). (Kerala part by M.A.Oommen and Karnataka part by
M.G.Rao), World Bank and Oxford University Press 2004.
Economic Justice, Globalisation and Quest for Alternative.
Konark, New Delhi 2004.
Rethinking Development: Kerala's Development Experience (in two
volumes), Concept, New Delhi, 1999.
Devolution of Resources to Rural Local Bodies: A Comparative
Study of Select State Finance Commission Reports, 1998,
Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi.
Devolution of Resources from the State to the Panchayati Raj
Institutions, ISS Occasional Paper -18, 1996.
Devolution of Resources from the State to the Panchayati Raj
Institutions: Search for a Normative Approach, 1995, Institute
of Social Sciences, New Delhi.
Panchayati Raj Development Report 1995, Institute of Social
Sciences, New Delhi.
Panchayats and their Finance, Concept, New Delhi, 1995.
Essays on Kerala Economy, Oxford & IBH, 1993.
Co-author, Economics of Cinema, Oxford & IBH, 1990.
Some Issues in Development Administration (Ed.) Oxford & IBH,
Issues in Teaching of Economics in Indian Universities (Ed),
Oxford & IBH, 1986.
Old Naledi Base Line Economic Survey, 1983.
Botswana Economy since Independence (Ed), Tata-McGraw Hill, New
Rural Development of Botswana: Experience & Experiments, SATEP,
ILO, LUSKA, 1983.
Economics of Film Industry in India, Academic Press, New Delhi,
Banks in the Service of Weaker Sections, Oxford & IBH, 1980.
- Kerala Economy
since Independence (Ed.) Oxford & IBH, New Delhi, 1979.A Study
of Land Reforms in Kerala Oxford & IBH, New Delhi, 1975.
Small Industries in Indian Economic Growth: A Case Study of
Kerala, Research Publications, New Delhi, 1971.
Land Reforms and Socio-Economic Change in Kerala, CLS, Madras,
Economic Development of UK, USA, USSR, S. Viswanathan & Co.,
Elements of Economics, S.Viswanathan & Co., Madras
- A volume in honour
of Professor M.A. Oommen entitled Economics, Development and
Quest for Alternatives edited by Dr. K.K. George (Director,
School of Management, Cochin University), containing articles by
15 leading scholars of the country has been published by Concept
Publishing Co., New Delhi (2000).
SELECT BOOKS IN MALAYALAM:
Land Reforms and Socio Economic Change in Kerala: State Language
Institute, Trivandrum, Kerala.(1971)
Globalisation: Meaning, Magnitude and Theory: State Language
Institute, Trivandrum, (2000). Revised Second Edition (2007).
- Amartya Sen's Human
Science of Development: State Language Institute, Trivandrum,
Discussion Papers/Occasional Papers
‘The State Finance Commissions: Have they delivered their
constitutional mandates?’ Gulati Institute of Finance and
Taxation, Trivandrum January 2010.
Eleventh Finance Commission's (EFC) Transfer System and the
Local Bodies: A Critique, 2000, Institute of Social Sciences,
Transnational Capital, GATT/WTO and the Crisis of National
Sovereignty: The Case of India, 1994.
Political Economy of Globalisation, 1993, Institute of Social
Sciences, New Delhi.
The Bhagwati-Srinivasan Paper on India's Economic Reforms: A
Economics, Economy and the Market Friendly Paradigm, 1992.
Discussion Paper, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. (also
Published in M.A.Oommen, N. Krishnaji, G. Parthasarathy et al.
The Political Economy of India's Crisis, New Delhi.
- A Critique on the
Process and Programme of Social Summit, 1975, Institute of
Social Sciences, New Delhi.
Papers Published: A Select List
On the Issue of ‘Inclusive Growth’, Economic and Political
Weekly, Vol. XLVI No 29, July 16, 2011
Balloting, local democracy and development: Some Issues for a
new Governments’, Journal of Parliamentary Studies, Vol.2, No.1,
Towards a Rational and Progressive Fiscal Policy: What Role for
Local Governments? in Praveen Jha, (ed) Progressive Fiscal
Policy in India, Sage New Delhi. (2011)
The Thirteenth Finance Commission and the Third Tier, Economic
and Political Weekly, Vol.XLV, No.48, Nov.27, 2010.
Have the State Finance Commissions Fulfilled Their
Constitutional Mandates?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol..
XLV No.30, July 24, 2010.
Freedom, economic reform and the Kerala ‘Model, in Development,
Democracy and the State; Critiquing the Kerala Model of
Development (ed.), Raviraman, Routledge Contemporary South Asia,
Fiscal Decentralisation in Panchayats: Raising Issues for
Sustainable Progress, in N.J.Kurian etal (ed), Sub-national
Fiscal Sustainability in a Globalised Setting, Cambridge
Scholars, U.K., 2009.
Sixteenth M A Thomas Memorial Lecture ‘Development as Freedom:
Towards a Christian Understanding’, Ecumenical Christian Centre,
Bangalore. July 25, 2009
‘Limits of a Devolution Index’ ‘Economic and Political Weekly’
on (Vol 44, No.29, July 18-24 2009)
‘The Finance Commission and the third tier ’ Economic and
Political Weekly, August 16-22, 2008
‘Reform and the Kerala Model’: A Critique Based on Sen’s
Capability Approach, Manchester, UK, 8-11 July 2008
Micro Finance and Poverty Alleviation: The Case of Kerala’s
Kudumbashree, Occasional Paper Centre for Social and
Environmental Sciences (CSES), Kochi
‘Reform and the Kerala Model’, Economic and Political Weekly,
January 12, 2008
‘Kerala: Why the ADB Loan?’ Economic and Political Weekly, March
‘The Dreze’ Sen theory of public action and Kerala’s Development
experience’, in Joseph Tharamangalam, ed, Kerala: The Paradox of
Public action and Development, New Delhi, Orient Logman’s.
“Fiscal Decentralization to Sub-State Level Governments”.
Economic and Political Weekly, March 11, 2006.
“Deepening Decentralised Governance in Rural India: Lessons from
the People’s Plan Initiative of Kerala”, Social Change and
Development, Vol. 3, July 2005.
“Twelfth Finance Commission and Local Bodies”. Economic and
Political Weekly, May 14, 2005.
‘Is Kerala Changing from a Crisis to a Turnaround’, Economic and
Political Weekly, April 30, 2005.
Basic Services, Functional Assignments and Own Revenue of
Panchayats. (Paper commissioned by 12th Finance Commission)
Occasional Paper series – 33, Institute of Social Sciences, New
“Economic Justice under Globalisation”, Mainstream, Annual,
Pokhran II and After - Economic Impact: Challenges and Issues,
Kerala Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 3 & 4, July-Dec.
"India as seen from Below", in World as Seen from Below, edited
by Samir Amin and Francois Houtart, Paris.
"Some Thoughts on the Future", Logos, Colombo Volume 39, No.2.
"Financial Sector Reforms and the Poor", Alternate Economic
Survey, March 2000, Alternate Survey Group, New Delhi.
"Eleventh Finance Commission's Transfer System and the Local
Bodies: A Critique, Mainstream, October 21, 2000.
"Impact of Economic Reform on Poverty in India: Some Explanatory
Hypotheses", Man and Development, September 2000.
"Impact of Neocolonial Globalisation on Poverty and Employment
in Asia", in La Mazarine, January-March 2001, Paris.
"Panchayati Raj Institutions, Eleventh Finance Commission and
Working Towards a New Fiscal Federalism in D K Srivastava (ed),
Fiscal Federalism in India: Contemporary Challenges, National
Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.
"Economics and Ethics: Towards a Meaningful Symbiosis",
Mainstream, April 15, 2000.
"Panchayat Finance and Issues Relating to Inter-Governmental
Transfers", in Decentralisation and Local Politics, edited by
S.N. Jha and P.C. Mathur, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1999.
"Eleventh Finance Commission and Local Bodies: Tasks and
Options" Economic and Political Weekly, December 19, 1998.
"The Economy: A look ahead" in India At 50, 1947-97, Express
"India at Fifty": Planning for the Poor: A Retrospective
Reflection", Mainstream, August 16, (Special) 1997.
"Climate Change and the Quest for Sustainable Development",
Mainstream, Annual, 1997.
"Decentralised Planning and Resource Transfer to local bodies:
Towards a Normative framework" Kurukshetra, Special Issue, June
"Fiscal Policy, Ninth Plan and Union Budget: 1997-98"
Mainstream, May 10, 1997.
"Kerala: Towards Sustainable Development" Mainstream, February
"Financial Sector Reform: For What and for Whom”, Mainstream,
January 11, 1997.
"Basic services and Public action: Some general comments on the
priority areas" Kurukshetra, (Annual, 1996).
"Market friendly paradigm, emerging development paradoxes and
the quest for alternatives" in M. G. Chunakara (1996), ed,
Indo-China from Socialism to Market Economy, CCA, Hong Kong.
"Panchayat Raj System: Issues in Resource Mobilisation and
Resource Transfers", Kurukshetra, (Special), April 1996.
"Fiscal Policy, Reform Period and Interim Budget" Mainstream,
March 23, 1996 and Alternative Economic Survey, 1996.
"Search for New Development Strategies," Economic and Political
Weekly, January 6, 1996.
"Anatomy of Globalisation: More a Moral Crisis than a
Development Dilemma", Mainstream, Annual 1995.
"Panchayati Raj: A new challenge to federal finance" Hindu,
November 14, 1995.
"Full employment by AD 2002: Fairy Tale from the Planning
Commission", Mainstream, November 11, 1995.
"Social Summit: A Critique of its Process and Programmes",
Mainstream, July 8, 1995.
"Kerala and the New World Order: Some Tentative Hypotheses",
Mainstream, Annual 1994.
"Towards Making an alternative union Budget" Economic and
Political Weekly, March 12, 1994.
"MPs Local Area Development Programme" Economic and Political
Weekly, January 29, 1994.
"Experience in evolving a methodology for district planning with
people's cooperation" in Rakesh Hooja and B. Yerram Raju (1993),
Decentralised Planning in Multilevel Framework, Rawat
Publications, New Delhi.
"The Bhagwati Srinivasan Report on economic reforms", Economic
and Political Weekly, October 2, 1993.
"India's External Debt", Productivity Special Number, Vol.34.
No.3 October-December 1993.
“Shifting Industries from Kerala”, ICSSR, Research Abstracts
Quarterly No.1 & 2 Vol.XXII January – June 1993.
"The Crisis and the Cure", Productivity Special, June 1992.
"The Acute Unemployment Problem of Kerala: Some Explanatory
Hypothesis", IASSI Quarterly, June 1992.
"Unemployment Problem in Kerala", Financial Express, Bombay,
February 21st & 22nd, 1992.
"Towards evolving a methodology for District Planning with
people's participation: Some lessons from Kerala's Kannur
district", The Administrator, Lal Bahadur Sastri National
Academy of Administration, Mussorie.
"Issues in the teaching of economics in Indian Universities" in
Sukhamoy Chakravarty et al, Teaching Economics in Indian
Universities, ISS, Pamphlet 4, New Delhi.
"Regional Versus National Priorities: Some Issues based on the
development experience of Kerala", Productivity, Special Number
on Eight Plan, May-June, 1990.
"Development Experience, Development Resources and Fiscal
Resources of Kerala", Paper presented at the Kerala Club Golden
Jubilee Seminar on Problems and Prospects of Kerala held at the
Library Auditorium, Teenmurti House, New Delhi, April 7-8, 1990.
"Higher Education and Economic Development of Kerala", Bishop
MM. John Memorial Lecture, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara.
"Land Reforms and Economic Change: Experience and Lessons from
Kerala", Science and People, Joshi Adhikari, Institute of Social
Studies, New Delhi, March 1990.
"Union-State Financial Relations - Raising issues based on the
Experience of Kerala", Economic Times, Dated 11 & 12, December
"Reforming Rural Administration in India" in Financial Express,
Madras, May 25 & 26, 1987.
"The Relative Tax Effort of Indian States", Economic and
Political Weekly, Bombay, March 14, 1987.
"The G.V.K. Rao Committee Report: some Comments" Economic Times,
September 2, 1986.
"Kerala's Development Experience: Problems and Paradoxes" in Dr
C.A. Abraham (Ed.), The Human Ascent - Essays in Development.
"Economics Teaching in Indian Universities", Mainstream, August
"IRDP Failure: Some Sidelights from Kerala, Economic Times, May
14, and May 15, 1986.
"Rural Development - The Experience of Botswana" in Iqbal Ahmed
(Ed.) Rural Development: Options for Namibia after Independence,
ILO Geneva, 1985.
"Botswana Economy", in Africa: South of Sahara edited by Arther
Wayne (Europe Publications, London, 1983).
"Growth with Equity - Some Explanatory Hypotheses Based on the
Structure and Pattern of Distribution in Botswana", in M.A.
Oommen et al (Ed), Botswana Economy Since Independence, McGraw
"Mobility of Small-Scale Entrepreneurs - A Kerala Experience",
Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, New Delhi, Vol. XVII.
‘Hidden Curricula in the Teaching of Economics in Indian
Universities’, New Frontiers in Education, October 1981.
"Differential Interest Rate Scheme: Findings of a Field Study",
Economic and Political Weekly, Bombay, May 24, 1980.
"Scale Economies, Elasticity of Substitution and Productivity
Change in the Agro based Industries in India", The Asian
Economic Review, Vol. XIX, April 1977. (This paper is written in
collaboration with Robert Evenson, Professor of Economics,
Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, U.S.A.
"Development of Capitalism in Kerala", Mainstream, New Delhi,
March 17, 1977.
"The Rise and Growth of Banking in Kerala: Some Explanatory
Hypotheses", Social Scientist, November 1976.
"Labour Productivity and Wage Price Policy", The Eastern
Economist, May 1975.
"Economies of Scale and Productivity Change in Indian
Manufacturing Industry", Productivity, Vol. XVI, April-June
"Banking Services as an Explanatory Variable in the Demand for
Money", Vol. 3. Pranjan, Bombay, July-September, 1974.
"The measurement of Development", The Eastern Economist, New
Delhi, May 1974.
"The Industrial Estate programme and Employment: The Case Study
of an Indian State", Small Industry Bulletin for Asia and the
Far East, No.9, U.N.O., New York, 1972.
"The Pattern of Financing of Small Scale Industries in Kerala",
The Journal of the Indian Institute of Banks, Bombay, Vol. 43,
"A Report on Small-Scale Industry Development based on a Study
Tour of Japan, Philippines and Thailand", Small Industry
Bulletin for Asia and the Far East (No. 8) U.N.O. New York,
"Kerala's Budget 1970-71" Economic Times, March 1970.
"Size of Kerala's Fourth Plan: Where are the Resources?"
Economic Times, Bombay, March 1970.
"Nationalisation of Plantations, the Pros and Cons", Industrial
and Engineering Annual, Bombay, 1970.
"Population Explosion in India: Its Economic Implications",
Religion and Society, Vol. XVI, No. 1, 1969.
"Effective Utilisation of Agro-Industry Input", Industrial and
Engineering Annual, Bombay, 1969.
"American Aid: How Valid for India? Atlanta Economic Review,
University of Georgia, Vol.19, U.S.A., July, 1969.
"The Growth Rate for the Fourth Five Year Plan, Yojana,
"Industrialisation of Kerala with Special Reference to the
Fourth Five Year Plan", Yojana, Planning Commission, New Delhi,
"The Centre-State Financial Resources", Yojana, July 1967.
"Anatomy of Entrepreneurship", Business Herald, October, 1966.
"Technological Change and its Diffusion in Agriculture: Is
Existing Institutional Set-up Adequate?", Agricultural Situation
in India, October, 1966.
of Cropping Pattern", The Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics,
Vol. XVIII, January-March, 1963.
Productivity Trends in Kerala", Agricultural Situation in
India, July, 1962.
Utilisation in Kerala", Agricultural Situation in
India, Government of India, New Delhi,
Income Distribution: A Case Study of Kerala", The Indian Journal of
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