I grew up in Calcutta, an Indian city that taught me to love books.
My decision to become a microeconomist stems from my interest in people and their lives, which grew from reading Charles Dickens’s books as a teenager. The shackled lives of Amy and Mr. Dorrit at the MarshalSea, young Oliver Twist’s fate, the pecuniary struggles of the earnest and compassionate Nicholas Nickleby, and the loneliness of the mercenary Ebenezor Scrooge all made me wonder how fate and choices define our lives. As an applied microeconomist, I seek to understand the way people make choices and the impact of those choices on individuals and the society.
My research interests lie primarily in environmental and resource economics. My decision to specialize in understanding the economics related to environmental issues stems from my interests in finding ways to protect various endangered species, particularly the Royal Bengal Tiger. As a teenager, I would read and often wonder about ways to save the species. Later as an economics undergraduate student in Calcutta, I realized it was critical to thoroughly understand the economics associated with the issue in order to find effective conservation methods.
After completing a Master of Science degree in economics at the University of Calcutta, in 2004, I started my life in the United States as a PhD student of economics at the University of Connecticut in quiet little Storrs, CT. Storrs remains my favorite place in the country.
After grad school, in 2009, I joined Connecticut College, a co-educational liberal arts college in New London, CT as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics. In 2011, I joined the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), a non-profit research institution based in Great Barrington, Berkshire County, MA, as a Research Fellow. At AIER, my responsibilities included conducting economic analyses, writing on economic issues for a general audience, leading and coordinating the efforts of the research team to produce the monthly Business Cycle Conditions Report. While at AIER, I continued to teach one day a week at Connecticut College. After two years at AIER and four years at Connecticut College, I joined Simmons College as an Assistant Professor of Economics in September, 2013.
I have always found work becomes more meaningful if it is tied to my heart in some way. Simmons gives me that opportunity – to teach economics to wonderful college students and engage in scholarly endeavors – two activities I love very dearly.
Apart from my work, I love reading, traveling, playing table tennis, and engaging in conservation efforts. Though I’ve managed to adopt only two tigers through the World Wildlife Fund to date, the effort is definitely on! However, I believe all cats I met so far - those under my care, ones I met at the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, at Café Neko in Vienna, Austria, on San Servolo Island, Italy, will agree I make a good friend. I absolutely love dogs, horses and dolphins as well!
My primary research interests lie in applied microeconomics with emphasis on environmental economics and policy, economics of natural resource use, public economics and industrial organization.
Areas of research interests:
- Bycatch of marine species
- Economic Impact of Marine Hypoxia
- Economics of Endangered Species Protection
- Sustainability and Green Product Markets
- Incentive Based Environmental Policies
- Renewable Resource Management (fisheries, forestry)
For more detailed information about my past and current research efforts, please refer to my CV on my personal website