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Shankha Chakraborty

Department Head
Asian Studies, Economics
Phone: 541-346-4678
Office: 537 PLC
Office Hours: W24: By appointment
Research Interests: economic growth and development, macroeconomics


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1999; economic growth and development, macroeconomics.
  • M.A., Economics, UCLA, 1994
  • M.A., Economics, University of Delhi, India, 1994
  • B.Sc. (Honors), Economics,  Presidency College, University of Calcutta, 1992


Professor Chakraborty has been calling Eugene his home since joining UO in 1999. He lives with his wife and two children in the South Hills. Having grown up in India and traveled many countries, he enjoys bringing diverse viewpoints to his research and teaching, particularly about economic development.


  • Macroeconomics of health and disease in developing countries
  • Financial development, public capital, demographic transition, income distribution, and preference formation


  • “Twin Transitions”, with Anna-Maria Aksan, 2013.
  • “Death and Capital: Physical and Human Capital Investment Under Missing Annuity Markets”
  • “The Culture of Entrepreneurship,” with Jon Thompson and Etienne Yehoue, 2013.
  • “Childhood Disease and the Precautionary Demand for Children,” (with Anna-Maria Aksan),
    Journal of Population Economics, 26: 855-885, 2013.
  • “Fertility Choice under Child Mortality and Social Norms,” (with Joydeep Bhattacharya),
    Economics Letters, 115(3): 338-341, 2012.
  • “The Quality of Public Investment,” (with Era Dabla-Norris), The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics
    – Contributions, 11(1), article 27, 2011.
  • “Diseases, Infection Dynamics and Development,” (with Chris Papageorgiou and Fidel
    Pérez-Sebastián), Journal of Monetary Economics, 57(7): 859-872, 2010.


  • International Finance
  • Issues in Economic Growth and Development
  • Core Macroeconomics
  • Macroeconomics Seminar
  • EC 313: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • EC 490: Economic Growth and Development