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Priti Kalsi

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
College of Liberal Arts

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Priti Kalsi

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, University of Maryland at College Park; MA, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Currently Teaching

ECON-101H
3 Credits
This course introduces students to some of the important questions addressed in Microeconomics and the methodology used to address these questions. We will look at some of the basic models of consumer and firm behavior and study how implications are derived from these. We will also see how some of these simple models give insight into diverse questions such as: Should food stamps be given away freely to those who are poor, or should they be required to purchase them? Why are general practitioners (as opposed to specialists) disproportionately located in smaller towns? Why do firms bundle goods rather than just selling them separately? As far as the final impact is concerned, is there a difference in whether a tax is imposed on the sellers of a product or on buyers of a product? Microeconomics gives the tools to understand and evaluate implications of government as well as business policy decisions. In addition, it provides the foundation for the study of many other sub-disciplines in economics.
ECON-448
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to development economics, which focuses on the problems and challenges faced typically but not exclusively by the developing countries. In this course we will study the economic transformation of developing countries by focusing on the characteristics of land, labor and credit markets in rural areas of developing countries. We will survey the large literature on modeling economic growth and discuss relevant case studies from developing countries.
ECON-404
3 Credits
Mathematical Methods: Economics provides students with an introduction to quantitative techniques used in economics such as matrix algebra, one- and multi-variable differential calculus, and unconstrained and constrained optimization. The emphasis of the instruction is on the application of these techniques to fortify and broaden a student's understanding of traditional economic topics like utility maximization, cost minimization, duality in consumer theory, expected utility, and profit maximization.
ECON-101
3 Credits
Microeconomics studies the workings of individual markets. That is, it examines the interaction of the demanders of goods and services with the suppliers of those goods and services. It explores how the behavior of consumers (demanders), the behavior of producers (suppliers), and the level of market competition influence market outcomes.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Kalsi, Priti. "The impact of U.S. Deportation of Criminals on Gang Development and Education in El Salvador." Journal of Development Economics 135. (2018): 433-448. Print.
Kalsi, Priti. "Seeing is Believing- Can Increasing the Number of Female Leaders Reduce Sex Selection in Rural India?" Journal of Development Economics 126. (2017): 1-18. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Kalsi, Priti. "How One Law Measurably Lifted the Status of Women in India." Harvard Business Review. (2017). Web.