DP8669 Consumption of cotton cloth in India, 1795-1940

Author(s): Tirthankar Roy
Publication Date: November 2011
Keyword(s): consumption, India, standard of living, textiles
JEL(s): N35, N95
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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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: (a) trends in levels of living, (b) the correlation between production of textiles and consumption of textiles, and (c) consumption of clothing in India in relation to the rest of the world.