Arnab Basu


441 Warren Hall
(607) 255-6280

Arnab's current research interest is in (i) labor market institutions and active labor market policies in developing economies (Labor Contracts, Minimum Wage Laws, Employment Guarantee Schemes, Informal Sector and Human Trafficking); (ii) consumers' willingness-to-pay for social and eco-labeled products (e.g., Fair Trade Coffee); and (iii) international aid disbursement after natural disasters. Arnab is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. He was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany in 2007.

Awards and Honors

  • TransCoop Grant (2011) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Research Award (2007) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Basu, A., Chau, N., & Kanbur, R. (2015). Contractual Dualism, Market Power and Informality. Economic Journal.
  • Akee, R., Basu, A., Bedi, A., & Chau, H. Y. (2014). Transnational Trafficking, Law Enforcement and Victim Protection: A Middleman's Perspective. Journal of Law and Economics. 57:349-386.
  • Basu, A. (2013). Impact of Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes on Seasonal Labor Markets: Optimum Compensation and Workers' Welfare. Journal of Economic Inequality. 11:1-34.
  • Basu, A., Chau, N., & Siddiqui, Z. (2012). Tax Evasion, Minimum Wage Non-Compliance and Informality. Research in Labor Economics. 34:1-53.
  • Basu, A., Chau, N., & Kanbur, R. (2010). Turning a Blind Eye: Costly Enforcement, Credible Commitment and Minimum Wage Laws. Economic Journal. 120:244-269.
  • Basu, A., Chau, N., & Kanbur, R. (2009). A Theory of Employment Guarantees: Contestability, Credibility and Distributional Concerns. Journal of Public Economics. 93:482-497.
  • Basu, A., & Hicks, R. (2008). Label Transparency and the Willingness to Pay for Fair Trade Coffee: A Cross-National Perspective. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 32:270-278.
  • Basu, A., & Qaim, M. (2007). On the Adoption of Genetically Modified Seeds in Developing Countries and the Optimal Types of Government Intervention. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 89:784-804.
  • Basu, A., Chau, N., & Grote, U. (2006). Guaranteed Manufactured without Child Labor: The Economics of Consumer Boycotts, Social Labeling and Trade Sanctions. Review of Development Economics. 10:466-491.
  • Basu, A., & Chau, N. (2004). Exploitation of Child Labor and the Dynamics of Debt Bondage. Journal of Economic Growth. 9:209-238.