Arnab Basu

Arnab Basu

Professor

Director of Graduate Studies for Applied Economics and Management

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Faculty Area

Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Behavioral Economics and Decision Research

Faculty Expertise

  • Economics
  • International and Development Economics and Policy
  • Behavioral Research

Contact

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
607.255.6280
arnab.basu@cornell.edu
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Biography

Arnab Basu is a professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Marketing. His main research interests are in the areas of labor markets in development countries, the economics of eco-and social labeling, and field experiments to elicit behavioral preferences. Within labor markets, Arnab's research spans topics on the informal sector, minimum wage and enforcement, labor contracts, employment guarantee schemes, child labor, and human trafficking. He has also explored the economics of statistical discrimination regarding product quality and how it impacts comparative advantage in trade between nations, how international product market shares and adoption of eco-labels by developing countries are related, and how incomplete information on labeled products affects consumers' willingness to pay. More recently, he has undertaken field experiments among coffee farmers in Colombia and cocoa farmers in Cote d'Ivoire to study how behavioral preferences affect production decisions, household labor supply, and human capital investments. Arnab is a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He was awarded a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and is a recipient of the Theodore W. Schultz Young Economist Prize awarded by the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).


Recent Courses

  • AEM 9900 - Doctoral-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7900 - Graduate-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7030 - Graduate Seminar - Required
  • AEM 7000 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 1300 - Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
  • AEM 8900 - Master's Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 3390/AEM 6390 - Research Methods in International Development
  • AEM 4990 - Undergraduate Research

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D Johns Hopkins University, 1997
  • MA Delhi School of Economics, 1990
  • B. Sc. St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, 1988