Aashish Mehta

Associate Professor

Office Hours

On Sabbatical Fall 2014

Office Location

2111 SSMS


Economic Development, Employment, Inequality


Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
Master's Certificate, Energy Analysis and Policy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
M.Sc., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
B.A., Economics, Oberlin College, 1997


Academic Vita

Associate Professor, Global & International Studies
Research Associate,Broom Center for Demography


Nowadays I mainly study the connections between employment, education, inequality, globalization and changes in the structure of national economies.  For example, I ask: How are the types of jobs available changing, and why?  What does this mean for inequality, and social stratification? Are we increasingly likely to find ourselves competing for jobs with workers in other countries? What happens when education levels rise fast and the supply of skilled jobs does not? What happens to male employment as women overtake men educationally? How do changes in supplies of educated workers alter the types of economic activities a country is successful in?   Earlier publications cover a diversity of topics, including energy sector restructuring, food subsidy programs, caste-discrimination, commodity crises, land rights and international scientific collaboration. I engage these questions empirically, taking distributional and institutional considerations seriously.

Before joining UCSB, I served as an economist at the Asian Development Bank, where I analyzed electricity sector reforms in several Central Asian countries and the Philippines and covered global and Asian macroeconomic developments.



Projects for which we have substantive results but no working paper yet.

  • Mapping the Global Race for National Security Technologies (with Luciano Kay)
  • Is work deglobalizing?  (with Liming Chen, Jesus Felipe and Bart Verspagen). 
  • Does the US Nanotechnology sector suffer a skills gap? (with Stacey Frederick and Rachel Parker)
  • The shifting class structure of corruption (with Amit Ahuja).
  • Master and apprentice in international scientific collaborations (with Cong Cao, Shirley Han, Patrick Herron and Tim Lenoir).
  • Making sense of India's manufacturing "skill gaps" (with Deboshree Ghosh and Arpita Patnaik)
  • The changing role of education systems in a (de?)globalizing labor market (with Liming Chen, Vedant Koppera and Wei Sun).
  • Constraints on job creation in India's apparel sector (with Rana Hasan and Nidhi Kapoor)
  • Overschooled workers: Errors of identification and other conceptual problems.


For a complete list of publications, please see CV.

Journal Articles

Free prepublication versions of most papers are available from my SSRN author page, and my Google Scholar page.

Working Papers

Select Book Chapters and Reports


Global 2: Introduction to Global Socioeconomic Processes [syllabus – Spring 2010]
Global 130: Global Economy and Development [syllabus –Spring 2013]
Global 197: Global Economic Imbalances and Financial Crises: an Introduction [syllabus - Spring 2013]
Global 234: Globalization and Markets (a.k.a. Microeconomics for Global Studies) [syllabus – Winter 2013]
Global 236: Macroeconomics for Global Studies [syllabus – Winter 2015]