Faculty & Research

Chinmay Tumbe


Chinmay Tumbe loves to laugh and learn. He is passionate about migration, cities, firms and history, and is currently Associate Professor in the Economics Area at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. An alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; Ruia College, Mumbai; and Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle; he has been a faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. He was a 2013 Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and the 2018 Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History at Harvard Business School, Boston.

His first book, 'India Moving: A History of Migration', was published in 2018 and second book 'The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How they shaped India and the World', was published in 2020. He was a member of the The Lancet Covid-19 India Taskforce in 2020-22 and the Working Group on Migration of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in 2016-17. He has published widely in leading journals and newspapers and helped set up the IIMA Archives.


Primary Area : Economics


Email : chinmayt@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4902

Secretary : Reji Pillai

Phone : +91-79-7152 7953

Website : Personal Website


Fellow (PhD), Economics & Social Sciences, IIM-Bangalore, 2012

M. Sc, Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science, 2008

B.A, Economics-Mathematics, Ruia College, Mumbai, 2005


Research Area

Urban/Labour Economics

Business and Economic History

Migration Studies

Academic Experience

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 2022-

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 2016-2022

Alfred D Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar, Business History, Harvard Business School, 2018

Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Hyderabad, 2014-16

Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2012-13

Professional Experience

Associate Editor, Journal of South Asian Development

Member, Working Group on Migration, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, 2016

Member, Editorial Board of Migration & Development, Taylor & Francis Journal

Member, Global Economics Team, Lehman Brothers, London,, 2006-07


The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How they Shaped India and the World (Harper Collins, 2020)

India Moving: A History of Migration (Penguin, 2018)

Articles in the Media

"The Spaces created by Doshi could Inspire Generations", Mint, Jan 24, 2023.

"Cash in on the Demographic Advantage," India Today, Jan 23, 2023.

"The race to the bottom", [On Haryana's nativist law] Indian Express, March 9, 2021.

"The urgent need for a mobility lockdown", Mint, May 3, 2021.

"Why we must count the Covid dead", Indian Express, May 26, 2021.

"Migrants keep India moving," Times of India, Oct 26, 2021.

"One US CEO & 2 Kiwi Cricketers", Times of India, Nov 30, 2021.

"Finally, Number One." 2020. January 13. India Today Cover Story on Demography.

"In times of a lockdown, support migrant workers." 2020. March 26. Article in Hindustan Times.

"State of Migration Crisis in Gujarat." 2020. April 6. Ahmedabad Mirror.

"On the Migration Situation in Maharashtra". 2020. April 9. Sakaal (Marathi).

"A million migrations: Journeys in search of jobs". 2019. Jan 16. Article in Mint.

"The puzzling 'mass migrations' of Ugandans to India". 2019. July 25. Article in BBC News.

"India is not being overrun by immigrants". 2019. July 28. Article in Mint.

"The case against job quotas for locals". 2019. August 5. Article in Mint.

"How the recent Punjabi migration to Spain & Italy is a departure for the diaspora". 2018. July 29. Economic Times.

"Why Business History Matters". 2016. Dec 19. Article in Mint.

"The gradual demonetisation of the Hyderabadi rupee in the 1950s holds lessons for India today". 2016. Dec 30. Scroll.

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"Pandemics and Historical Mortality in India". 2020. IIMA Working Paper 2020-12-03.

India Migration Bibliography. 2012. Bangalore: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Migration and Remittances in India: Historical, Regional, Social and Economic Dimensions. 2012. Doctoral Thesis. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

Working Papers & Projects

Towards an Inter-State Migration Council", CPR State Capacity Initiative Working Paper Series No. 2023-04, 2023.

"The Evolution of Corporate India, 1850-2015"

"Urbanization, Demographic Transition and the Growth of Cities in India, 1870-2020" (IGC Grant, 2015-16)

Other Publications

"COVID mortality in India: National survey data and health facility deaths", 2022, Science, Vol. 375 (6581), pp. 667-671 (with Prabhat Jha, Yashwant Deshmukh, Wilson Suraweera, Aditi Bhowmick, Sankalp Sharma, Paul Novosad, Sze Hang Fu, Leslie Newcombe, Hellen Gelband and Patrick Brown).

"Women Directors in Corporate India, c. 1920-2019", 2022, Business History.

"Seasonality in the Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920", Long Run Health Matters, July 10, 2022.

"Business School Archives: The IIMA Archives", Academy of Management Learning & Education, 2021, 20 (3), 485-487.

"Kamla". 2020. Dec 17. FiftyDotIn.

"The Rise of the Technological Manager in India in the 1960s: The Role of the Indian Institutes of Management", 2020, Management and Organizational History, Vol. 15 (2), pp. 183-197. [Download]

"The IIMA Archives". 2019. November 28. Article in Ideas from IIMA.

Mass Migration from Rural India: A Restudy of Kunkeri Village in Konkan Maharashtra, 1961-1987-2017", (with Kalyani Vartak and Amita Bhide), 2019, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Vol. 31 (1), pp. 42-62.

"Corpus Linguistics, Newspaper Archives and Historical Research Methods", 2019, Journal of Management History, Vol. 25 (4), pp. 533-549. [Download]

"Dwijendra Tripathi". Obituary piece in the Business History Review, 2018, Vol. 92 (4), 745-748.

"From Bazaar to Big Bazaar: Environmental Influences and Service Innovation in the Evolution of Retailing in India, c. 1850-2015", (with Shashank Krishnakumar), 2018, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Vol. 10 (3), pp. 312-330.

"The Four Eras of 'Marketing' in Twentieth Century India", (with Isha Ralli), 2018, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Vol. 10 (3), pp. 294-311.

"COVID mortality in India: National survey data and health facility deaths", 2022, Science, Vol. 375 (6581), pp. 667-671 (with Prabhat Jha, Yashwant Deshmukh, Wilson Suraweera, Aditi Bhowmick, Sankalp Sharma, Paul Novosad, Sze Hang Fu, Leslie Newcombe, Hellen Gelband and Patrick Brown).

"The North-South Urban Paradox ." Ideas for India. March 22, 2017.

"Transnational Indian Business in the Twentieth Century", 2017, Business History Review, Vol. 91 (4), pp. 651-679.

Kumar, K. et al. "Research on Business and Entrepreneurship History of India - Reflections on the State of the Art and Future Directions." 2011. IIMB Working Paper No. 329. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

"The Missing Men." Ideas for India. Sep 1, 2016.

"Asian Migration to the Gulf States", in The Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, edited by Anna Triandafyllidou, 2015, Routledge.

"Economic Linkages and EU-India Mobility", (with D Mukherjee) in India-EU People Mobility: Historical, Economic and Regulatory Dimensions, edited by Rupa Chanda and Pralok Gupta, 2015, Cambridge University Press, Delhi. [Download]

"The Missing Men: Sex Ratios and Migration", in India Migration Report 2015: Gender and Migration, edited by S Irudaya Rajan, 2015, pp. 221-239, Routledge, New Delhi.

"Missing Men, Migration and Labour Markets: Evidence from India", 2015, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 58 (2), pp. 245-267.

"Towards Financial Inclusion: The Post Office of India as a Financial Institution, 1880-2010", 2015, Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 52 (4), pp. 409-437.

"EU-India Migration and Trade Linkages." 2013. IIMB Working Paper No. 392. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

"A case for including migrants’ remittances in inter-state comparisons." Ideas for India. June 21, 2013.

"EU-India Bilateral Remittances." 2012. IIMB Working Paper No. 360. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

"Comment on Czaika (2012) Internal versus International migration and the Role of Multiple Deprivation: Some Evidence from India." 2014. Asian Population Studies.

"Migration Persistence Across Twentieth Century India", 2012, Migration and Development, Vol. 1 (1), pp. 87-112.

"Remittances in India: Facts and Issues", 2011, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 54 (3), pp. 479-501.

"Small States, Small Districts or Small Blocks: The Size of Administrative Units in Independent India." Oct-Dec 2010. Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 56 (4), pp. 860-887.

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Several consultancy projects with govt. and academic institutions, corporates and NGOs

Awards & Honors

2018 - Madan Mohanka Research Publication Award for International Business, Indian Institue Of Management Ahmedabad

2015 - EXIM Bank International Economic Research Annual (IERA) Award

2010 - Director's Merit List Award for Academic Excellence, Indian Institue Of Management Bangalore

2009 - Captain of the IIM-Bangalore Football Team

2005 - J N Tata Endowment Fund Scholarship & K C Mahindra Scholarship for higher studies abroad