Subhanil Chowdhury

Assistant Professor

PhD in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2008
Room No. 404
Office telephone
+91 33 2321 3120/21 (Extension No. 52)
Email address:
Areas of interest:
Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Globalization.



  • Limits of Bargaining: Capital, Labour and the State in Contemporary India, (jointly with Achin Chakraborty, Supurna Banerjee and Zaad Mahmood), Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Journal Articles

  • Declassification of Census Towns in West Bengal, (jointly with Saurav Chakraborty, Utpal Roy & Kakoli Das), Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. (52), No. (25-26), June 24, 2017
  • Growth, Imports and Inequality: Explaining the Persistently High Trade Deficit in India, (jointly with Zico Dasgupta) Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. (50), No.(48), November 28, 2015
  • Non-agricultural Employment Growth in West Bengal (2004-05 to 2009-10), (Co-author: Dr. Gorky Chakraborty), Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. (57), No. (4)
  • Tripura’s Tryst with Literacy, Economic and Political Weekly, October 19, 2013.
  • The Political Economy of Shadow Finance in West Bengal, Economic and Political Weekly, May 04, 2013.
  • Looking at the Economy, Seminar, Issue on West Bengal, May 2013 (with Prasenjit Bose).
  • Fiscal Problem in West Bengal: Towards an Explanation, Economic and Political Weekly, March 31, 2012 (with Zico Dasgupta).
  • Employment in India: What Does the Latest Data Show?, Economic and Political Weekly, August 6, 2011.
  • India-Nepal Economic Cooperation: Towards a New Paradigm (jointlywith Nisha Taneja), India Quarterly, Vol 67, No. 2, June 2011.
  • Role of Treaties in Facilitating Nepal’s Trade with India (jointly with Nisha Taneja), Economic and Political Weekly, February 13, 2010.
  • India-Nepal Cooperation: Towards a New Economic Paradigm (jointly with Nisha Taneja), Business Line, August 21, 2009.
  • Expenditure on Education in India: A Short Note (jointly with Prasenjit Bose), Social Scientist, Volume 32, No. 7/8, pp. 85-89, July-August, 2004.

Occasional Papers

  • Can Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission Protect India’s Poor? (jointly with Subrata Mukherjee, Occasional Paper No. 64, IDSK, January 2019.
  • Employment Growth in West Bengal: An Assessment IDSK Occasional Paper No. 52, March, 2016.
  • Is Imperialism a Relevant Concept in Today’s World? IDSK Occasional Paper No. 47, March 2015.
  • Employment and Growth under Capitalism: Some Critical Issues with Special Reference to India, IDSK Occasional Paper No. 27, July, 2011.

Article in Edited Book

  • Employment under the NDA-II Regime: A Reality Check, in Rohit Azad, Souvik Chakraborty, Srinivasan Ramani and Dipa Sinha (eds.) A Quantum Leap in the Wrong Direction?, Orient Blackswan, 2019.

Chapter in Book

  • Is Imperialism a Relevant Concept in Today’s World?, in Sunanda Sen and Maria Cristina Marcuzzo (eds.)The Changing Face of Imperialism: Colonies to Contemporary Capitalism, , Routeledge, January 2018
  • ‘Globalisation, Growth and Informalization of Labour in India’, in Abhay Prasad Singh (ed),Development Process and Social Movements in Contemporary India Pinnacle Learning, 2016.
  • Employment and Growth in India: A Critical Analysis’, in Ratan Khasnabis and Indrani Chakraborty (eds), Market, Regulations and Finance: Global Meltdown and the Indian Economy, Springer, 2014.



  • Status of MGNREGA Implementation in West Bengal
    Principal Investigators: Achin Chakraborty, Saswata Ghosh, Subhanil Chowdhury and Subrata Mukherjee
    Funding Agency: Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Government of West Bengal.


  • Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining in Urban Labour Markets: The Case of West Bengal
    Principal Investigators: Achin Chakraborty, Subhanil Cowdhury, Zaad Mahmood; Funding Agency: ICSSR, New Delhi, Duration 2014-16
  • Determinants of Growth and Development in Indian States
    Principal Investigators: Subhanil Chowdhury; Co-investigators: ; Sponsoring Agency: ; Duration: September 2010.
    Project report submitted to ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (on behalf of ICRIER).
  • Mid-term appraisal of Tripura Plan
    Principal Investigator: Subhanil Chowdhury; Co-investigators: Achin Chakraborty, Sponsoring Agency: Planning Commission; Duration: December 2010.
  • India-Nepal Economic Cooperation
    Principal Investigator: Subhanil Chowdhury; Co-principal Investigator: Nisha Taneja; Sponsoring Agency: ; Duration: September 2009.
    Project report submitted to CII-FNCCI.


  • Labour Economics
    (Paper IIIA in MPhil Course)
  • Trade and Development
    (Paper IIIB in MPhil Course)


  • Role of Finance in Rural Development in India at the International Conference on Role of Finance in Rural Development, organized by European Commission and Ministry of Finance, China, in Shanghai (December 11, 2009).
  • Employment and Growth under Capitalism: Some Critical Issues with Special Reference to India at the Conference on Accumulation, Immeserisation and Development, at JNU, in New Delhi (March 7-9, 2011).
  • Fiscal Problem in West Bengal: Towards and Explanation at the Annual Conference of Forum of Development Economics, University of Calcutta (March 29, 2011).
  • Imperialism and Capitalism of Our Times at the Centre for Marxian Studies, Jadavpur University, West Bengal (March 23, 2011).