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Sandeep Mohapatra, PhD

Associate Professor

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

About Me

PhD, University of California, Davis

Dissertation Title: Complementarities, Constraints and Contracts: Incentive Design and Occupational Choice in China


Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Agricultural economics

My research interests cross boundaries of developed and developing economies. I am currently working on microeconomic issues concerning intra-household resource allocation, human capital formation and gender inequality in developing countries.  In developed countries my interests include examining trade-offs in environmental and economic performance; impacts of private transactions and production contracts on North American agricultural spot markets; evaluating the efficiency of agricultural commodity price discovery processes; and investigating the impact of education programs on pesticide adoption of agricultural producers. 

Selected Recent Publications

Removing the 'Veil of Ignorance': Nonlinearities in Human Capital Effects on Gender Inequality (with B. Wichmann & P. Marcoul). Contemporary Economic Policy

Income effects on Intra-household Time Allocation: Regression Discontinuity Evidence (Accepted without Revisions;.with P. Ndlovu and M. Luckert). Journal of International Development.

Intrahousehold Bargaining over Household Technology Adoption (with L Simon). Review of Economics of the Household.

Dynamic Technique and Scale Effects of Economic Growth on the Environment (with W. Adamowicz and P. Boxall). Energy Economics.


Econometrics (Undergraduate).

Applied Econometrics (Graduate). 

Economic Development (Graduate).

Selected Working Papers/In Progress

The Devil’s in the Tails: A New Approach for Identifying Micro-level Poverty Traps

Rural Roads and Women’s Power: A First Look and Search for a Causal Linkage (with Monica Shandal)

Spatial-Spillovers in Environmental and Economic Performance: Evidence from Manufacturing Plants in Canada (with Ashley Sarauer)

Gender Biased Impacts of Gender Neutral Policies on Children’s Human Capital: A Spatial Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Indian Data (with H. An)

Blood is Thicker than Water: Economic Implications of Food Sharing within Kinship Networks. (with Marcoul, P; Zigwah G and Luckert M) 

Is More Always Better? Non-linear effects of Female Decision-making Power on Welfare Dynamics of Indian Households (with J. Pattison and P. Marcoul))

Processing technologies for undervalued grains in rural India: On Target? (with E. Miller-tate, M. Luckert and B Swallow

Land, Power and Influence in the Peruvian High Andes: An Empirical Examination Using Item Response Theory (with M. Montenegro & B Swallow)

The Impact of Climatic Shocks on Alberta’s Economy: A Vector Autoregression (VAR-X) Analysis (with Wes Lu and V. Adamowicz)

Student Advisees (students I (co)supervise and their study area)
Ashley Sarauer (MSc. Canada); Maria Montenegro (MSc. Peru)*, Lukas Matejovsky* (M.Sc. Canada); Joseph Florent Feulefac (M.Sc. Uganda)*; Wijaya Dassanayake (Ph. D. South Africa)*; Evan Miller-Tate (M.Sc. India)*; Patrick Ndlovu* (M. Sc. South Africa); Godwin Zigwah (M. Sc. Tanazania)*; Victoria Zeppa (MSc. Indonesia)*; Kwanele Ngwenya (M.Sc. Africa)*; Albert Boitey (Ph.D. Canada); John Pattison (Ph D. India)* 



Teacher of the year 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

NACTA teaching award 2010.