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Kumarappa: A Giant or a Midget?

J C Kumarappa - the Gandhian economist - offered a number of original insights into the Indian economy. While the current leading economists emphasise the indispensable role of household surveys to get accurate information about worldwide economic inequality, Kumarappa had decades earlier done three household survey-based studies on the economic conditions in various parts of the rural India. He probably had a more detailed statistical familiarity with India's villages than anyone else has ever had. On balance, however, Kumarappa was not consistent in the originality of his insights, though he could be considered historically significant.
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