Arun Chandrasekhar

Assistant Professor of Economics
Stanford University


Arun G. Chandrasekhar is an economist with research interests in development and econometrics. His research focuses on social network analysis and its interactions with informal insurance, diffusion of information, learning patterns, as well as associated econometric problems. He is a 3rd year PhD student at MIT and expects to graduate in June 2012. Following graduation, he will join the faculty at Stanford University.

In collaboration with Cynthia Kinnan and Horacio Larreguy, he is currently studying the interaction of financial products with informal insurance by utilizing randomized lab experiments in rural Karnataka, India.  He also examines the diffusion of microfinance and information about poverty through Indian and Indonesian village networks, respectively.  In addition, in joint work with Horacio Larreguy he is conducting experiments to distinguish between various models of social learning models on networks.

Chandrasekhar also studies the econometric problems associated with analyzing economic models on sampled network data.  Through his work he has shown that naively analyzing sampled network data without care yields misleading results. He offers statistical solutions to the problem.  More generally, he has an interest in partially identified parameters and incomplete data, and works on estimating set identified functions.