Bard Faculty

Sanjaya DeSilva

Associate Professor of Economics

Primary Academic Program: Economics

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Asian Studies, Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Affiliate), Economics and Finance, Environmental and Urban Studies, Global and International Studies, Science, Technology, and Society

Academic Expertise: Economics

Area of Specialization: Development, Labor, South Asia


B.A., Macalester College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University. Research associate, Levy Economics Institute (2009– ); visiting fellow, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2004). Areas of expertise include development economics and applied microeconomics. Current research interests include economic aspects of race, ethnicity, gender, and migration. Recent publications in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Housing Studies, and Housing Policy Debate. At Bard since 2000.


  • Research Interests: Race, ethnicity and migration ; Rural agricultural economies
  • Teaching Interests: Development economics; Asian economic history; Econometrics; Population and demography


2011-12-23 — Publication
S. DeSilva, M.M. Bin Bakthiar, "Women, Schooling, and Marriage in Rural Philippines," Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 701. December 2011.

2011-09-30 — Publication
S.DeSilva, A.Pham, M. Smith. "Racial Preferences in a Small Urban Housing Market," Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 22 No. 2 (March 2012).

2011-09-20 — Publication
"Access to Markets and Farm Efficiency: Evidence from Rice Farms in the Bicol Region, Philippines," Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 687

2010-11-15 — Publication
S. DeSilva, Y. Elmelech, "Housing Inequality in the United States: Explaining the White-Minority Disparities in Homeownership" Housing Studies. Vol. 27, No. 1 January 2012

2006-11-28 — Publication
DeSilva, Sanjaya; Evenson, Robert E.; Kimhi, Ayal, "Labor Supervision and Institutional Conditions: Evidence from Bicol Rice Farms," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 88, Number 4, pp. 851-865(15), Nov 2006


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