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Kala M. Krishna

Professor of Economics

Joined the faculty in 1993    

Ph.D., 1984, 

 Princeton University 

523 Kern Graduate Building

Phone: (814) 865-1106

Fax: (814) 863-4775


Personal Homepage:

Office Hours for Spring 2014:ON SABBATICAL


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest:

  • International Economics 
  • Industrial Organization 
  • Game Theory
  • Development Economics
  • Applied Micro Economics


Recent Publications:

 "Back on the Rails: Competition and Productivity in State-owned Industry," (formerly called "Behind the TFP Veil: Evidence From Micro-Micro Data." ) with Sanghamitra Das, Rohini Somanathan and Sergey Lychagin. American Economic Journal, Applied, Forthcoming.

    "Do Trade Policy Differences Induce Sorting? Theory and Evidence from Bangladeshi Apparel Exporters," with S. Demidova and H.L. Kee. Journal of International Economics. Vol. 87, Issue 2, (July 2012), pp. 247--261.

    "Limiting Emissions and Trade: Some Basic Ideas," in The Design and Implementation of U.S. Climate Policy, Don Fullerton and Catherine Wolfram (ed.), University of Chicago Press, (2012), pp. 53-61.

    "Taking Advantage of Trade: The Role of Distortions." In Adjustment to Trade, Bernard M Hoekman and Guido Porto (ed.), World Bank and CEPR Publication, (2010), pp. 303-314.

    "Trade Policy with Endogenous Entry Revisited," with Ling Hui Tan. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 80, Issue 2, (March 2010), pp. 271-279.

    "Protection for Sale or Surge Protection?" with Susumu Imai and Hajime Katayama. European Economic Reivew, Vol. 53, Issue 6, (August 2009), pp. 675-688.

    "Research in Trade: Where do we go from here?" International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 18, Issue 2, (2009), Pages 179-180. Elsevier.

    "The Inside Scoop: Acceptance and Rejection at the Journal of International Economics," with Ivan Cherkashin, Susumu Imai and Svetlana Demidova. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 77, Issue 1, (February 2009), Pages 120-132.

    "Firm Level Heterogeneous Productivity and Demand Shocks: Evidence from Bangladesh," with Hiau Looi Kee. American Economic Review, Vol. 98, Issue 2, (May 2008), pp.457-462.

    "Is Protection Really for Sale? A Critique of the Common Approach in Testing the G-H Model," with S. Imai and H. Katayama. International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 18, ,Issue 2, (2009), pp.181-191. Elsevier.

    "Skill Acquisition, Credit Constraints and Trade," with Tatyana Chesnokova. International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 18, Issue 2, (2009), pp. 227-238. Elsevier.

    "Firm Heterogeneity and Firm Behavior with Conditional Policies," with Svetlana Demidova. Economics Letters, Vol. 98, Issue 2, (February 2008), pp. 122-128.

    "Trade and Trade Policy with Differentiated Products: A Chamberlinian-Ricardian Model," with Svetlana Demidova. Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Vol. 16, Issue 3, (September 2007), pp. 435-441.

    "Understanding Rules of Origin," In The Origin of Goods: Rules of Origin in Regional Trade Agreements, Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann and Thierry Verdier (eds.),Oxford University Press, (2006), pp. 19-34.

    "When Trade Hurts: Consumption, Indivisibilities and Labor Market Distortion," with Cemile Yavas. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 67, Issue 2, (2005), pp. 413-427.

    "Unbalanced Growth," with C. Perez. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 38(3) (2005), pp. 832-851.

    "Trade with Labor Market Distortions and Heterogeneous Labor: Why Trade Can Hurt?" with Cemile Yavas and Wbhiroop Mukhopadhyay. In WTO and World Trade: Challenges in a New Era,Gunter S. Heiduk and Kar-yiu,. Wong (eds.), Heidelberg, Germany: Physica-Verlag, 2005.

       "Firm Behavior and Market Access in a Free Trade Area with Rules of Origin," with Jiandong. Ju. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 38, Issue 1, (2005), pp. 290-308.

    "Employment, Deterrence, and Crime in a Dynamic Model," with Susumu. Imai.
International Economic Review, Vol. 45, Issue 3, (2004), pp. 845-872.

    "Quantity Controls, License Transferability, and the Level of Investment," with Ling Hui Tan and Ran Ranjan. In Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy. Berkeley Electronic Press, Vol. 3, Issue 1, (2004), Article 8.

    "Immiserizing Growth in a Closed Economy," with Cemile Yavas. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 106, Issue 1, (2004), pp. 143-158.

    "Lumpy Consumer Durables, Market Power, and Endogenous Business Cycles," with Cemile Yavas. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 37, Issue 2, (2004), pp. 375-391.

    "Transferability of Migration Licenses and the Distribution of Potential Rents," with Laura L. Bivins. Economics Letters, Vol. 80, Issue 3, (2003), pp. 323-328.

    "Trade, Investment and Growth: Nexus, Analysis and Prognosis," with Ataman Ozyildirim and Norman R. Swanson. Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 70, Issue 2, (2003), pp. 479-499.

    "If At First You Don't Succeed: Profits, Prices, and Market Structure in a Model of Quality with Unknowable Consumer Heterogeneity," with Tor Winston. International Economic Review, Vol. 44, Issue2, (2003), pp. 573-597.

    "Regulations, Regime Switches and Non-Monotonicity when Non Compliance is an Option: An Application to Content Protection and Preference," with Jiandong Ju. Economics Letters, Vol. 77 (2002), pp. 315-321.

    "Allocating Multiple Units," with Torben Tranaes. Economic Theory, Vol. 20, No. 4 (2002), pp. 733-750.

    "Can Subsidies for MARs be Procompetitive?" with Suddhasatwa Roy and Marie C. Thursby. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 34, No. 1 (2001), pp. 212-224.

    "Necessary Conditions for Welfare Improving Reform," with Jiandong Ju. Economics Letters, Vol. 67, Issue 2, (May 2000), pp. 173-178.

    "Welfare and Market Access Effects of Piecemeal Tariff Reform," with Jiandong Ju. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 51, Issue 2, (August 2000), pp. 305-316.

    "Evaluating Trade Reform with Many Consumers," with Jiandong Ju. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, No. 3 (2000), pp. 787-798.

    "Free Entry into the Indian Automobile Industry: A Calibration Model," with Paul Jensen. Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Vol. 8, No. 4 (2000), pp. 437-455.


Research in Progress:

  • Infrastructure and Development
  • Firm Heterogeneity and Trade
  • Conditional Trade Policies
  • Testing Political Economy Models
  • Non Linear Pricing and Market Conduct
  • Applications of Game Theory