Consumption of Cotton Cloth in India, 1795-1940

35 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2011

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Tirthankar Roy

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: November 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: consumption, India, standard of living, textiles

JEL Classification: N35, N95

Suggested Citation

Roy, Tirthankar, Consumption of Cotton Cloth in India, 1795-1940 (November 2011). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8669. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1964156

Tirthankar Roy (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

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