Faculty & Staff
Amit Basole, PhD
Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Liberal Arts
Areas of Expertise
Development Economics, Political Economy, Class and Gender
PhD, Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
PhD, Neurobiology, Duke University
Professional Publications & Contributions
- View Professor Basole's website
- Basole A (forthcoming) Informality and Flexible Specialization: Apprenticeships and Knowledge Spillovers in an Indian Silk Weaving Cluster, Development and Change.
- Basole A (forthcoming) Authenticity, Innovation and the Geographical Indication in an Artisanal Industry: The Case of the Banarasi Sari, Journal of World Intellectual Property.
- Basole A and Basu D (forthcoming) Consumption, Nutrition and Inequality in Maharashtra, 1987 - 2011, in Nutritional Crisis in Maharashtra, Sage Publications.
- Basole A (forthcoming) Spare Change for Spare Time? Homeworking Women in Banaras, in Saraswati Raju ed. Women Workers in Metro Cities of India, Cambridge University Press.
- Basole A and Ramnarain S (forthcoming) Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods in Economics, in Frederic S. Lee and Bruce Cronin eds. Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics, Edward Elgar.
- Basole A (editor) (2015) Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age, Aakar Books, New Delhi.
- Basole A, Basu D, and Bhattacharya R (2015) Determinants and Impact of Subcontracting: Evidence from India’s Informal Manufacturing Sector, International Review of Applied Economics, 29:3, pp.374-402.
- Basole A and Basu D (2015) Fuelling Calorie Intake Decline: Household Level Evidence from Rural India (with Deepankar Basu), World Development, 68:82-95.
- Basole A (2014) The Informal Economy from a Knowledge Perspective, Yojana Development Monthly, October 2014.
- Basole A (2014) Dynamics of Income Inequality in India: Insights from World Top Incomes Database, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 49, No. 40, pp. 14-17.
- Basole A (2014) Whose Knowledge Counts? Reinterpreting Gandhi for the Informative Age. International Journal of Hindu Studies, Volume 18, Issue 3, December 2014.
- Basole A (2013) Class-biased technical change and Socialism, ReMarx, Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture, and Society, Vol 25, Issue 4.
- Basole A (2013) Gandhian Economics in a Knowledge Society, in Tara Sethia and Anjana Narayan eds. Rediscovering Gandhian Wisdom, Building a Peaceful Future. Penguin India.
- Basole A and Basu D (2011) Relations of Production and Modes of Surplus Extraction in India: Part One-Agriculture Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 46, No. 14, pp. 41-58.
- Basole A and Basu D (2011) Relations of Production and Modes of Surplus Extraction in India: Part Two-Informal Industry Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 46, No. 15, pp. 63-79.
- Basole A (2010). The Technology Question in Lohia. Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 45, No. 44, pp. 106-111.
- Basole A and Bhattacharya R (2009) The Phantom of Liberty: Mo(der)nism and Postcolonial Imaginations in India, in Rajani Kanth ed., The Challenge of Eurocentrism: Global Perspectives, Policy, and Prospects. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Basole A (2009) Eurocentrism, the University and Multiplicity of Knowledge Production Sites, in Edu-Factory Collective ed., Toward a Global Autonomous University: Cognitive Labor, The Production of Knowledge and Exodus from the Education Factory. NY: Autonomedia.
- Basole A, Kreft-Kerekes V, White LE and Fitzpatrick D (2006) Cortical Cartography Revisited: A Frequency Perspective on the Functional Architecture of Visual Cortex. Progress in Brain Research, 154:121-34.
- Basole A, White LE and Fitzpatrick D (2003) Mapping multiple features in the population response of visual cortex. Nature, 423:986-990.
- Sanyal S, Basole A and Krishnan KS (1999) Phenotypic interaction between temperature sensitive paralytic mutants comatose and paralytic suggests a role for N- ethylmaleimide sensitive fusion factor in synaptic vesicle cycling in Drosophila. Journal of Neuroscience, 19:RC47 (1-5).
Amit Basole joined the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston in fall 2012. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD in neurobiology from Duke University. He teaches Development Economics and Political Economy. His research areas are political economy of class and gender in developing societies, the economics of indigenous and traditional knowledge and Gandhi's economic thought. His PhD dissertation work examined two comparatively understudied aspects of India's informal economy: production and transfer of knowledge among informal firms, and gender disparities among self-employed and piece-rate workers. The fieldwork for this research was carried out among artisanal weavers in the city of Banaras in North India. Basole's recent research focuses on poverty and inequality, artisanal industries, and the informal economy in India.
Basole's CV is here.