The Economy of South Asia

From 1950 to the Present

  • Tirthankar Roy

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 315-351

About this book


This book explores the historical roots of rapid economic growth in South Asia, with reference to politics, markets, resources, and the world economy. Roy posits that, after an initial slow period of growth between 1950 and the 1980s, the region has been growing rapidly and fast catching up with the world on average levels of living. Why did this turnaround happen? Does it matter? Is it sustainable? The author answers these questions by drawing connections, comparisons, and parallels between the five large countries in the region: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It shows why, despite differences in political experience between these countries, similarities in resources and markets could produce similar trajectories. Home to a fifth of the world’s population, South Asia’s transformation has the power to change the world. Most accounts of the process focus on individual nations, but by breaking out of that mould, Roy takes on the region as a whole, and delivers a radical new interpretation of why the economy of South Asia is changing so fast.


British Colonial Rule India Pakistan Bangladesh Sri Lanka Nepal Development studies GDP Postcolonial South Asia Economic Growth Poverty and regional inequality Foreign trade Foreign capital

Authors and affiliations

  • Tirthankar Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.LSELondonUnited Kingdom

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