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Prof. Chinmay Tumbe


Educational Qualifications

  • 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

Academic Affiliation

  • Assistant Professor, Economics Area, IIM-Ahmedabad, 2016-
  • Alfred D Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in 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 Affiliation

  • Member, Working Group on Migration, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, 2016
  • Member, Urban Economics Association
  • Member, Editorial Board of Migration & Development, Taylor & Francis Journal
  • Member, Global Economics Team, Lehman Brothers, London, 2006-07





  • Business History [FPM course]


  • Urban Economy and the Business Environment [PGP Semester 6 elective]

Area of Research:

  • Urban/Labour Economics
  • Business and Economic History
  • Migration Studies


Current Research:

Near Completion

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

Initial Stages
"The Evolution of Corporate India, 1850-2015"
"The History of Marketing in India"



India Moving: A History of Migration2018, Penguin Viking.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


"The Four Eras of 'Marketing' in Twentieth Century India" (with Isha Ralli). Journal of Historical Research in Marketingforthcoming.


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


"Mass Migration from Rural India: A Restudy of Kunkeri in Konkan Maharashtra, 1961-1987-2017" (With Kalyani Vartak and Amita Bhide). 2019, Journal of Interdisciplinary EconomicsVol. 31 (1).


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


"Towards Financial Inclusion: The Post Office of India as a Financial Institution, 1880-2010.2015, Indian Economic and Social History ReviewVol. 52 (4), pp. 409-437. 

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


Chapters in Edited Books

"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.


"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.

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


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

Newspaper Articles/ Policy Portals

"The Missing MenIdeas for India. Sep 1, 2016.

Other Publications

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.


"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.


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


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


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



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

Awards & Honors

Year Awards & Honors
2018 Madan Mohanka Research Publication Award for International Business, IIMA
2015 EXIM Bank International Economic Research Annual (IERA) Award
2010-11 Director's Merit List Award for Academic Excellence, IIM-Bangalore
2009-10 Captain of the IIM-Bangalore Football Team
2005-06 J N Tata Endowment Fund Scholarship & K C Mahindra Scholarship for higher studies abroad




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