Arnab Basu

Arnab Basu

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Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

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


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


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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).

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Research Award (2007) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • TransCoop Grant (2011) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence (2013) College of William and Mary

Recent Courses

  • AEM 6940 - Graduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 2300/ECON 2300 - International Trade and Finance
  • AEM 1300 - Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Johns Hopkins University, 1997
  • MA Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 1990
  • BS St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, 1988