Economic Development, Employment, Inequality
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.
- Pilferage from Opaque Food Subsidy Programs: Theory and Evidence (with Shikha Jha), Food Policy, (2014).
- Do rights at home boost rights abroad? Sexual equality and humanitarian foreign policy (with Alison Brysk), Journal of Peace Research (2014).
- Self-targeted food subsidies and voice: Evidence from the Philippines (with Shikha Jha and Pilipinas Quising), Food Policy (2013).
- Does industry affiliation influence wages? Evidence from Indonesia and the Asian Financial Crisis (with Wei Sun), World Development (2013).
- Where have all the educated workers gone? Services and wage inequality in three Asian economies (with Jesus Felipe, Pilipinas Quising and Sheila Camingue), Metroeconomica (2013).
- Corruption, Food Subsidies and Opacity: Evidence from the Philippines (with Shikha Jha), Economics Letters (2012)
- Globalization and De-Globalization in Nanotechnology Research: The role of China (with Patrick Herron, Yasuyuki Motoyama, Richard Appelbaum and Tim Lenoir), Scientometrics (2012).
- Economic Liberalization and Rising College Premiums in Mexico: A Reinterpretation (with Belinda Acuna Mohr), World Development (2012).
- The effects of trade and services liberalization on wage inequality in India (with Rana Hasan), International Review of Economics and Finance (2012).
- Overeducation in Developing Economies: How can we test for it and what does it mean? (with Jesus Felipe, Pilipinas Quising and Sheila Camingue), Economics of Education Review (2011)
- Incomplete Property Rights, Exposure to Markets, and the Provision of Ecosystem Services in China(with Michael T. Bennett and Jintao Xu) – China Economic Review (2011).
- Why Do Diplomas Pay? An Expanded Mincerian Framework Applied to Mexico(with Hector J. Villarreal), Applied Economics. (2008).
- Responding to the Coffee Crisis: What Can We Learn from Price Dynamics?(with Jean-Paul Chavas), Journal of Development Economics (2008).
- Electricity Sector Reform in Central Asia: Observations on the Diverse Experiences of Five Central Asian Republics and Mongolia(with Anil Terway & Satish Rao), Journal of Cleaner Production (2007).
- Under-Representation of Disadvantaged Classes in College: What do the Data Tell Us? (With Rana Hasan), Economic and Political Weekly (of India) (2006).
- Price Dynamics in a Vertical Sector: The Case of Butter (with Jean-Paul Chavas), American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2004).
- Manufacturing matters ... but its the jobs that count (with Jesus Felipe and Changyong Rhee)
- Education and the Journey to the Core: Path Dependence or leapfrogging? (with Jesus Felipe)
- Gendered employment trends and the female college boom (with Vedant Koppera)
- The Scientific Influence Of Nations: Quantity, Focus and Impact in Nanotechnology Research (with Patrick Herron, Cong Cao and Tim Lenoir)
Select Book Chapters and Reports
- Asia's Structural Transformation: Where to, how, and how fast? (with Jesus Felipe, Roehl Briohnes, Douglas Brooks and Bart Verspagen, 2013).
- Education and Structural Change in Four Asian Countries(with Jesus Felipe, 2007)
- International Payments Imbalances(with Frank Harrigan and Jesus Felipe, 2006)
- A Diagnostic Review of Regulatory Approaches and Challenges: Power Sector Reforms in Seven CAREC Member Countries(with David Butcher, 2005)
- The Economics and Feasibility of Electricity Generation using Manure Digesters on Small and Medium Size Dairy Farms. (2002).