Karna Basu

faculty_basuAssociate Professor • Member of the Doctoral Faculty at CUNY’s Graduate Center
Ph.D. Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
Fields: Development Economics, Behavioral Economics, Applied Microeconomic Theory
Office: HW 1541
Phone: (212) 396-6521
Fax: 212-772-5398
Email: kbasu@hunter.cuny.edu


Professor Basu joined Hunter College in 2009. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago from 2006 to 2009. He works on topics at the intersection of behavioral economics and development, with a particular focus on informal banking.


Basu, Karna. 2016. “A Behavioral Model of Simultaneous Borrowing and Saving.” Oxford Economic Papers, 68(4): 1166-1174.

Basu, Karna, Kaushik Basu, and Tito Cordella. 2016. “Asymmetric Punishment as an Instrument of Corruption Control.” Journal of Public Economic Theory, 18(6): 831-856.

Basu, Karna and Maisy Wong. 2015. “Evaluating Seasonal Food Storage and Credit Programs in East Indonesia.” Journal of Development Economics, 115: 200-216.

Khullar, Dhruv, Dave Chokshi, Robert Kocher, Ashok Reddy, Karna Basu, Patrick Conway, and Rahul Rajkumar. 2015. “Behavioral Economics and Physician Compensation – Promise and Challenges.” The New England Journal of Medicine, 372: 2281-2283.

Basu, Karna. 2014. “Commitment Savings in Informal Banking Markets.” Journal of Development Economics, 107: 97-111.

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