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Arnab Basu


Areas of Expertise

Development Economics, International Trade, and Labor Economics

Contact Information

441 Warren Hall • Phone: 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.


Ph.D. (Economics), The Johns Hopkins University, 1997
M.A. (Economics), Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India, 1990
B.Sc. (Economics), St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, India, 1988


AEM 3390: Research Methods in International Development
AEM 6390: Research Methods in International Development
ECON 1120: Introductory Macroeconomics

Selected Publications

Basu, Arnab K., Nancy H. Chau and Ravi Kanbur; "Contractual Dualism, Market Power and Informality"; .Forthcoming, Economic Journal.

Randall Akee, Arnab K. Basu, Arjun Bedi and Nancy H. Chau; "Transnational Trafficking, Law Enforcement, and Victim Protection: A Middleman Trafficker's Perspective"; Journal of Law and Economics, 57, pp 349 - 386, 2014.

Basu, Arnab K.; "Impact of Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes on Seasonal Labor Markets: Optimum Compensation and Workers' Welfare"; Journal of Economic Inequality, 11, pp 1-34, 2013.

Abegaz Berhanu and Arnab K. Basu; “The Elusive Productivity Effect of Trade Liberalization in the Manufacturing Industries of Emerging Economies”; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 47, pp 23-45, 2011.

Basu, Arnab K., Nancy H. Chau and Ravi Kanbur; “Turning a Blind Eye: Costly Enforcement, Credible Commitment and Minimum Wage Laws”; Economic Journal, 120, pp 244-269, 2010.

Basu, Arnab K., Nancy H. Chau and Ravi Kanbur; “A Theory of Employment Guarantees: Credibility, Contestibility and Distributional Concerns”; Journal of Public Economics, 93 (3-4), pp 482-497, 2009.

Akee, Randall, Arnab K. Basu, Arjun Bedi and Nancy H. Chau; “Combating Trafficking in Women and Children: A Review of International and National Legislation, Coordination Failures and Perverse Economic Incentives”; The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society, 2, pp 1-24, 2009.

Basu, Arnab K. and Robert L. Hicks; “Label Transparency and the Willingness to Pay for Fair Trade Coffee: A Cross-National Perspective”; International Journal of Consumer Studies, 32, pp 470-478, 2008.

Basu, Arnab K. and Matin Qaim; “On the Adoption of Genetically Modified Seeds in Developing Countries and the Optimal Types of Government Intervention”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 89:3, pp 784-804, 2007.

Basu, Arnab K. and Nancy H. Chau; “A Risk-Based Rationale for Two-Way Capital Flows: Why do Capital Flight and Foreign Direct Investment Co-exist?” International Review of Economics and Finance, 16, pp: 37-59, 2007.

Basu, Arnab K., Nancy H. Chau and Ulrike Grote; “Guaranteed Manufactured without Child Labor: The Economics of Consumer Boycotts, Social Labeling and Trade Sanctions”, Review of Development Economics, 10:3, pp 466-491, 2006.

Basu, Arnab K., Nancy H. Chau and Ulrike Grote; “On Export Rivalry and the Greening of Agriculture: The Role of Eco-labels”, Agricultural Economics, 31, pp 135-147, 2004.

Basu, Arnab K. and Nancy H. Chau; “Exploitation of Child Labor and the Dynamics of Debt Bondage”, Journal of Economic Growth, 9(2), pp 209-238, 2004.

Basu, Arnab K. and Nancy H. Chau; “Targeting Child Labor in Debt Bondage: Evidence Theory and Policy Prescriptions”; The World Bank Economic Review, 17 (2), pp 255-281, 2003.

Basu, Arnab K.; “Oligopsonistic Landlords, Segmented Labor Markets and the Persistence of Tied-Labor Contracts”; American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 84, pp 438-453, 2002.

Basu, Arnab K. and Nancy H. Chau; “Asymmetric Country-of-Origin Effects on Intra-Industry Trade and the International Quality Race”. Review of Development Economics, 2, pp 140-166, 1998.

Basu, Arnab K.; “Locational Choice for Free Trade Zones: A Comment”. Journal of Development Economics, 50, pp 381 - 387, 1996.