Primary Academic Program: Economics
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Asian Studies, Economics and Finance, Environmental and Urban Studies, Global and International Studies, Science, Technology, and Society
Academic Expertise: Economics
Area of Specialization: Development, Economic History, South and Southeast Asia
Biography:Professor DeSilva’s teaching fields include economic development, Asian economic history, international trade, and econometrics. Areas of research include urbanization; race, ethnicity, and immigration; and economic history of development. His current project explores the intersection of ethnicity, space, and urban development in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from a historical perspective. Recent publications include “Access to Markets and Farm Efficiency: A Study of Bicol Rice Farms Over Two Decades,” in Technology, Innovations, and Economic Development: Essays in Honour of Robert E. Evenson (Sage, 2015); “Long-term Benefits from Temporary Migration: Does the Gender of the Migrant Matter?”, Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 756 (2013); and “Racial and Ethnic Price Differentials in a Small Urban Housing Market” (with A. Pham and M. Smith), Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2012). DeSilva is a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and Verité Research in Sri Lanka.
BA, Macalester College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University. At Bard since 2000.
- Research Interests: Race, ethnicity and migration ; urban development; Asian economic history
- Teaching Interests: Development economics; Asian economic history; Econometrics