Areas of Expertise
- Development Economics
- Field Experiments
- Information Economics
- International Trade
- Labor Economics
- Applied Economics and Management
- Public Affairs
- Doctorate Johns Hopkins University, 1997
- Master's Degree Delhi School of Economics, 1990
- Bachelor of Science St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, 1988
Arnab’s 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 impact consumer willingness to pay. More recently, he has undertaken field experiments amongst 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).
Awards and Honors
- TransCoop Grant (2011) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- Research Award (2007) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- Basu, A. K., Chau, N. H., & Kanbur, R. (2015). Contractual Dualism, Market Power and Informality. Economic Journal. 125:1534–1573.
- Akee, R., Basu, A. K., 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. K. (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. K., Chau, N., & Siddiqui, Z. (2012). Tax Evasion, Minimum Wage Non-Compliance and Informality. Research in Labor Economics. 34:1-53.
- Basu, A. K., Chau, N., & Kanbur, R. (2010). Turning a Blind Eye: Costly Enforcement, Credible Commitment and Minimum Wage Laws. Economic Journal. 120:244-269.
- Basu, A. K., & Hicks, R. (2008). Label Performance and the Willingness to Pay for Fair Trade Coffee: A Cross-National Perspective. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 32:270-278.
- Basu, A. K., & 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. K., 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. K., & Chau, N. (2004). Exploitation of Child Labor and the Dynamics of Debt Bondage. Journal of Economic Growth. 9:209-238.
- Basu, A. K., Chau, N., & Grote, U. (2004). On Export Rivalry and the Greening of Agriculture: The Role of Eco-labels. Agricultural Economics. 31:135-147.