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Consumption Of Cotton Cloth In India, 1795–1940

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  • TIRTHANKAR ROY

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Using data on the production and usage of cotton, the paper develops estimates for the production and consumption of cotton cloth in India during 1795-1940, and based on these numbers, revisits three issues central to interpretations of economic change in colonial India. These are: (a) trends in levels of living, (b) the correlation between production of textiles and consumption of textiles, and (c) consumption of clothing in India in relation to the rest of the world.

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Article provided by Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand in its journal Australian Economic History Review.

Volume (Year): 52 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 61-84

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  1. Loren Brandt & Debin Ma & Thomas G. Rawski, 2013. "From divergence to convergence: re-evaluating the history behind China’s economic boom," Economic History Working Papers 50816, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History.

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