I wish to thank Bishnupriya Gupta for comments that led to important revisions on a draft.
CONSUMPTION OF COTTON CLOTH IN INDIA, 1795–1940
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Author. Australian Economic History Review© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand
Australian Economic History Review
Volume 52, Issue 1, pages 61–84, March 2012
How to Cite
ROY, T. (2012), CONSUMPTION OF COTTON CLOTH IN INDIA, 1795–1940. Australian Economic History Review, 52: 61–84. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2012.00341.x
- Issue published online: 16 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012
- standard of living;
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 trends in levels of living, the correlation between production of textiles and consumption of textiles, and consumption of clothing in India in relation to the rest of the world. Average consumption of cotton cloth in India rose even as production declined, while real income grew more slowly, if at all, than the consumption of clothing.