C.T. Kurien

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C.T. Kurien
Born c. 1932
Nationality Indian
Occupation Professor of Economics

C. T. Kurien (born c. 1932) is a professor of economics, now retired and resident in Bangalore, who has written many books on economics. Although left of center, he is far from being a Marxist.[1]

C. T. Kurien attended Madras Christian College, graduating in 1953 with a master's degree in economics. He went on to Stanford University, where he was awarded a PhD in 1962. Returning to Madras Christian College, between 1962 and 1978 he was professor and head of the Department of Economics. Kurien was a National Fellow of the University Grants Commission from 1975 to 77. In 1978 he was appointed director of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, a national centre for social science research, holding this position for ten year. He was a National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research from 1992 to 1994. He was chairman of the Madras Institute of Development Studies from 1997 to 2003, when he retired from academic work.[2]

Kurien received the University Grants Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He was appointed the first chairman of the Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust in 1999. He was president of the Indian Economic Association in 2002.[2] In 2003 he delivered the Dr Stanley Samartha Memorial lecture to the Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue, speaking on the topic: "Communal harmony – A societal perspective".[3] As of 2012 he was a member of the board of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Karnataka.[4] His most recent book "WEALTH AND ILLFARE — An Expedition into Real Life Economics" was published in 2012, when the author was 80. It provides an accessible overview of economics, but questions the value of an economic system based on the pure pursuit of profit.[1]


A selection of books published by C.T. Kurien

  • C. T. Kurien (1966). Our five year plans. Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society. p. 199. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1969). Indian economic crisis: a diagnostic study. Asia Pub. House. p. 123. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1970). A theoretical approach to the Indian economy. Asia Publishing House. p. 64. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1974). Poverty and development. Christian Literature Society. p. 209. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1978). Poverty, planning, and social transformation. Allied. p. 174. 
  • C. T. Kurien; Josef James (1979). Economic change in Tamil Nadu, 1960–1970: a regionally and functionally disaggregated analysis. Allied. p. 374. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1981). Mission and Proclamation: The Church in India Today and Other Pieces. Christian Literature Society. p. 116. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1989). Dynamics of Rural Transformation: A Study of Tamil Nadu, 1950–1980. University of Nevada Press. p. 169. ISBN 086311086X. 
  • C. T. Kurien; E. R. Prabhakar; Sarvepalli Gopal; Malcolm S. Adiseshiah (1991). Economy, society, and development: essays and reflections in honour of Malcolm S. Adiseshiah. Sage Publications. p. 331. ISBN 0803996985. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1992). The economy: an interpretive introduction. Sage. p. 436. ISBN 0803994281. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1992). Growth and justice: aspects of India's development experience. Oxford University Press. p. 295. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1994). Global capitalism and the Indian economy. Orient Longman. p. 132. ISBN 8125002723. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1996). Rethinking economics: reflections based on a study of the Indian economy. Sage Publications. p. 272. ISBN 0803993099. 
  • C. T. Kurien (1996). Economic Reforms and the People. Madhyam Books. p. 84. 
  • C. T. Kurien (2012). Wealth and Illfare: An Expedition into Real Life Economics. Books for Change. p. 253. 


  1. ^ a b NARENDAR PANI (March 26, 2012). "Conceiving an alternative future". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr. C. T. Kurien". Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Arun Shourie to deliver Stanley Samartha memorial lecture". Asia Pacific Ecumenicaql News. September 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  4. ^ "The Institute". Institute for Social and Economic Change. Retrieved 2012-04-13.