Jayan Jose Thomas

Jayan Jose Thomas
Associate Professor
CV Summary: 
Jayan Jose Thomas is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, where he has been employed since July 2010, and a Member (part-time) of the Kerala State Planning Board. His research deals with various issues related to development, mainly labour, industrialization and the macroeconomy. He teaches courses on macroeconomics, Indian economic development, international economics, and planning and development. While India has been the primary focus of his research, Jayan has been maintaining a lively academic interest on China and East Asia as well. He has worked extensively using Indian and international data sources, conducted field studies, and also worked with archival material. His research papers have appeared in journals including World Development, Development and Change and Economic and Political Weekly. He contributes regularly to media outlets, including the Hindu, Frontline , and Livemint, and his research has been cited in the Government of India’s Economic Survey, BBC, and the Wall Street Journal. His previous academic positions were at the National University of Singapore, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Madras School of Economics, and Central University of Kerala. He has worked on research projects for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is currently a China-India Visiting Scholar Fellow with Ashoka University. He received his B. Tech in Industrial Engineering from Kerala University and Ph.D. in Development Economics from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai.

Contact Information

Jayan Jose Thomas

Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Office: MS 640 B

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110 016

Email: jayanjthomas@gmail.com, jayan@hss.iitd.ac.in

Academic Background

PhD in Development Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, 2005 (degree awarded).

Two-year Graduate Coursework in Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, 2000.

Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering, Government College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, University of Kerala, 1995.

Employment History

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, 2014 -- till date.

Visiting Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 2014.

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, 2010 - 2014.

Associate Professor, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, 2009 - 2010.

Assistant Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai, 2008 - 2009.

Visiting Scientist, Sociological Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 2008.

Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2005 - 2008.

Post Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, 2004 -2005.

Research Scholar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, 1998 - 2003.

Industrial Engineer, Centre for Management Development, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 1995 - 1998.



Academic Publications

‘Changes in India’s Rural Labour Market in the 2000s: Evidence from the Census of India and the National Sample Survey’ (with M.P. Jayesh), Review of Agrarian Studies, 6 ( 1), 2016. http://www.ras.org.in/changes_in_indias_rural_labour_market_in_the_2000s

'India's Labour Market During The 2000s: An Overview' in Ramaswamy, K.V (ed.), Labour, Employment and Economic Growth in India, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2015.

‘The Demographic Challenge and Employment Growth in India’, Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (6), 15-17. February 8, 2014.

‘India’s Labour Market During the 2000s: Surveying the Changes’, Economic and Political Weekly, 47 (51): 39-51, 2012.

‘Locked in a Low-Skill Equilibrium: Trends in Labour Supply and Demand in India’, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 54 (2): 195-218, 2011.

‘Labour in the New Economy: An Indian Perspective’, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 48 (4): 821-35, 2005.

‘Labour and Industrialization in Kerala’, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 46 (4): 575-92, 2003.


'Losing one half of India’s demographic dividend', Ideas for India website, 21 April 2014. http://ideasforindia.in/article.aspx?article_id=279

'Economic growth that is not really jobless', Livemint, 30 September 2013. http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/boaY8zh2eH0Z3JOqe9qRfM/Economic-growth-t...

A woman-shaped gap in the Indian workforce, Hindu, 9 January 2013, http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-womanshaped-gap-in-the-indian-wo...


Academic Publications

'Regional Aspects of Indian Industrialization' in Chandrasekhar, C. P. (ed.) Indian Industrialization, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2015.

‘Manufacturing in India: Has there been a Revival since the 1990s?’ in Kathuria, Vinish et al. (eds.) (eds.) Productivity in Indian Manufacturing: Measurement, Methods and Analysis , Routledge, New Delhi, 2014.

‘Explaining the ‘Jobless’ Growth in Indian Manufacturing’, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 18 (4):673-692, 2013.

‘Indian Manufacturing: The Road Ahead’, chapter in Tan, Tai Yong (ed.), South Asia: Societies in Political and Economic Transition. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2010.

‘A Review of Indian Manufacturing’, in Parikh, Kirit and Radhakrishna, R (eds.), India Development Report 2002, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002.http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/icmtjj/ch3Jayan7-11-01.pdf


‘Can India beat this slowdown’, Hindu, 17 April 2016. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/can-india-beat-this-slowdown/artic...

'The crisis in Indian manufacturing', Livemint, 5 December 2013.http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/rmpEHAFbfjjx08A7sAbP5O/The-crisis-in-Ind...

'Industry: Hurdles to growth' (about small industries in Coimbatore, Frontline, 10-23 October, 2009. http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2621/stories/20091023262104700.htm


Academic Publications

‘Public Sector Units in India and China: Inefficient Producers or Creators of Crucial Knowledge Assets?’ in Brødsgaard, Kjeld Erik (ed.), Globalization and Public Sector Reform in China, Routledge, 2014.

‘An Uneasy Coexistence: The New and the Old in Indian Industry and Services’, chapter in D’Costa, Anthony (ed.), A New India: Critical Reflections in the Long Twentieth Century, Anthem Press, London, 2010.

‘Bridging the Social and Digital Divides in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala: A Capabilities Approach’ (with Govindan Parayil), Development and Change, 39( 30): 409--35, 2008.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-7660.2008.00486.x/full

‘Innovation in India and China: Challenges and Prospects in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology’, chapter in Parayil, Govindan and D’Costa, Anthony P. (eds.) , The New Asian Innovation Dynamics: China and India in Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. , Basingstoke, UK., 2008 http://www.mse.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/working-paper-35.pdf

‘Informational Development in Rural Areas: Some Evidence from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh’ in Parayil, Govindan (ed.), Political Economy and Information Capitalism in India: Digital Divide, Development Divide and Equity, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, UK, 2006

‘New Technologies for India’s Development,’ in Parikh, Kirit and Radhakrishna, R (ed.) , India Development Report 2004-05, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, pp. 126-40, 2005.http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/IDR-2004-05.pdf

‘Kerala’s Industrial Backwardness: A Case of Path Dependence in Industrialization?’ World Development, 33 (5): 763-83, 2005.http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X05000136


'How to be a model State again' (on Kerala's development alternatives), Hindu, 15 August 2016. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/How-to-be-a-model-State-again/arti...

'Yuan makes its first market move' (on the devaluation of the Chinese currency), Hindu, 20 August 2015. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/yuan-makes-its-first-market-move/a...

'Dragon power on display' (on the changing development strategy in China), Hindu,7 April 2015, http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/dragon-power-on-display/article707...

'Tips for Asian giants from Singapore', Business Times, Singapore, 4 May 2010.

'Drug industry: In the global net' (about the acquisition of Ranbaxy by Daiichi Sankyo of Japan), Frontline, 5-18 July, 2008. http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2514/stories/20080718251404700.htm


Non-minister member of Kerala State Planning Board, Government of Kerala