Sukanya Basu

Assistant Professor of Economics, Vassar College

Office: Blodgett Hall, Room 243

Office Hours Spring 2018:

Monday 2-4pm, Wednesday 1-3pm

Contact Information: 124 Raymond Ave. Box 22, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


About me:

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Vassar College. I joined the department in 2010 after I finished my Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester.

My research is in the area of immigration, education and other topics in labor economics.

In the spring of 2018, I will be teaching Econ 209: Probability and Statistics and Econ 386: Economics of Immigration.

My CV is here.


Intermariage and labor market outcomes of Asian women External Link. Economic Inquiry 53(4):1718-1734, 2015.

Wage Assimilation of Immigrants: A Comparison of ``New" and ``Old" Asian Source Countries PDF, External Link. Migration Studies, 2016.

Education Outcomes of Children of Asian Intermarriages: Does Gender of the Immigrant Parent Matter? (Joint work with Michael Insler, United States Naval Academy). The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 17(1), 2017. PDF

Household Labor Supply and Intermarriage of Immigrants: Differences by Gender. PDF. IZA Journal of Development and Migration 7:8, 2017.

Violence and Migration: Evidence from Mexico's Drug War (Joint work with Sarah Pearlman, Vassar College) IZA Journal of Development and Migration 7:18, 2017, IZA Journal of Development and Migration. PDF

Intermarriage and the Labor-Force Participation of Immigrants: Differences by Gender Applied Economics Letters 24(21): 1597-1604, 2017 PDF

The Body Mass Index Assimilation of U.S. Immigrants: Do Diet and Exercise Contribute? (Joint work with Michael Insler, United States Naval Academy). Forthcoming, The Eastern Economic Journal. external link, Appendix (PDF)

Working Papers:

Age-of-Arrival Effects on Education of Immigrant Children : A Sibling Study (Revise and resubmit, Journal of Family and Economic Issues) PDF

High-Skill Immigration and Marital Assimilation in the U.S.: Evidence from Age of Arrival of Immigrants. (paper available upon request)

Work in Progress:

Violence and Economic Activity: Evidence from Mexico's Drug War. (Joint work with Sarah Pearlman, Vassar College)

Partner Choices of Intermarried Natives - The Importance of Nativity versus Ethnicity. (with Ben Ho, Vassar College) Health Outcomes and Relocation Choices of Immigrant Retirees (Joint work with Michael Insler, United States Naval Academy)

Foreign Direct Investment and Emigrant Networks (Joint work with Ergys Islamaj, World Bank)

Wage Profiles of a New Group of Asian Immigrants: The Effects of Larger Inflows.