Arnab K. Basu

Cornell University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Research interest

Behavioral economics and decisions research; emerging markets and development

Past positions

Director of Graduate Studies: Field of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, USA; Professor, Department of Economics, College of William & Mary, USA (August 2010–July 2013)


PhD in Economics, The Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Selected publications

  • “Contract employment as a worker discipline device.” Journal of Development Economics 149 (2021) (with N. H. Chau and V. Soundararajan).

  • “Contract employment in developing countries.” In: Zimmermann K. F. (eds). Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Cham: Springer, 2021 (with N. H. Chau and V. Soundararajan).

  • “Rethinking border enforcement, permanent and circular migration.” Economic Modelling 108 (2022) (with N. H. Chau and B. Park).

  • “Offshoring to a developing nation with a dual labor market.” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review 102:3 (2020): 237–253 (with S. Bandopadhyay, N. H. Chau, and D. Mitra).

  • “Paying for freedom: Indentured labour and strategic default.” Economic Modelling 89 (2020): 502–511 (with P. Bose and R. Compton).