Arnab K. Basu received his Ph.D in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and his Master’s and undergraduate degrees respectively from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi and St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta (both in India). Professor Basu has been a faculty at the College of William and Mary since 1998 and is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. He has previously held long-term visiting positions at Florida International University, Miami, Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA) and the City University of Hong Kong.
His research interests are in International and Development Economics. In Development Economics, Professor Basu’s current research interest focuses on the labor markets of developing economies (Child Labor, Minimum Wage Laws, Employment Guarantee Schemes, Informal Sector and Human Trafficking). One of his projects while at Cornell is researching how domestic and international legislation interacts and impacts human trafficking. In International Economics, Professor Basu’s research interest is in analyzing the phenomenon of cross-hauling of capital under production uncertainty, exploring cross-national differences in the willingness-to-pay for social and eco-labeled products (e.g. fair trade coffee) and examining the determinants of international aid disbursement at the project-level.