P.T. Thomas

Kerala, India

PT Thomas is a human development economist, with a degree from St Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala, and has a doctorate from Cochin University of Science and Technology. He was an associate professor (1980–2010) in the Postgraduate Department of Economics, St Thomas College, Thrissur. For the last twenty years he has worked on the human impact of macroeconomic policy. He received the “Award of Emeritus Fellowship” from the University Grants Commission for the period 2013–15. A keen researcher, he has published two books –Land Market, Housing and Urban Growth Process and Education and Social Mobility : The Kerala Experience. This book is the revised version of Emeritus Fellowship Report, Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Development: The Kerala Experience, submitted to the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.


Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Development: The Kerala Experience signifies a substantial contribution of the trends in the central government’s fiscal transfers and its impact on Kerala and all state finances between the fiscal years 1980–81 and 2012–13. Regional disparity in resource transfer and economic development are often sources of political tensions and dissatisfaction in a federal system. The fundamental economic argument advanced in favour of decentralised government activity has been that decentralisation is a means to enhance the efficiency of government activity, to increase social welfare and to promote economic develop...

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This book focuses on the provision of basic social services, in particular, access to education, as the central building blocks of any human development strategy and it also signifies a substantial contribution towards the central role of education in social mobility. In examining the impact of educational development of any society or group, the questions that the proponents of egalitarian approach ask are: Who benefits? Who loses? What is the resulting socio-economic status of the people? Although gender inequality in education is not so prominent in Kerala, the difference between communities and classes is one of the critical aspects of this broader phenomenon of disparity in Kerala. Rec...

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