Phanindra V. Wunnava

David K. Smith '42 Chair in Applied Economics
Warner Hall 315
Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont 05753, USA
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Research Fellow at IZA (Institute of Labor Economics), Bonn, Germany

Fellow, GLO (Global Labor Organization)

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Phanindra V. Wunnava is the David K. Smith '42 Chair in Applied Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, a Research Fellow at IZA (Institute of Labor Economics), Bonn, Germany, and Fellow at Global Labor Organization (An International network and virtual platform on labor). He has also served as chair of the department. He was a Research Associate in economics at the State University of New York-Binghamton, NY during the academic years 1989-1992. During the academic year 1999-2000 he was a Visiting Scholar/Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. He spent a month (April 2018) as a visting Research Scholar at the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia. During fall semester 2023, he was a visiting faculty/researcher at the Economics Deoartment of Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

He was trained under a noted labor economist Solomon Polachek of State University of New York-Binghamton, and received a Ph.D. in economics. His fields of interest are applied econometrics and labor economics. Wunnava received his Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce degrees from the Andhra University (India), Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts degrees in economics from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.


Human Capital Investment A History of Asian Immigrants and Their Families (with Harriet Duleep, Mark Regets, and Seth Sanders) Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Link to (Overview, Affiliation of Authors, Reviews by Klaus Zimmermann, Jagdish Bhagwati, and Katharine M. Donato). More details are available at the publisher's website.

He edited Changing Role of Unions: New Forms of Representation, M. E. Sharpe 2004 -- has been recognized by the Industrial Relations Section of Princeton University as one of the twelve Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics for 2004. Link to Table of Contents, Preface, Major Themes, and List of Contributors.

He also co-edited New Approaches to Economic and Social Analyses of Discrimination (with Richard R. Cornwall) Praeger 1991 Link to Table of Contents, Preface, and List of Contributors, and

.Immigrants and Immigration Policy: Individual Skills, Family Ties, and Group Identities (with Harriet Duleep) JAI Press 1996 Link toTable of Contents, List of Contributors, and Preface,


Wunnava's research appeared in wide range of scholarly journals (such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Population Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Labor Research, Economics Letters, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Empirical Economics, economies, Eastern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Applied Financial Economics, Applied Economics Letters, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Small Business Economics, Economics of Education Review, American Economist, iBusiness, Journal of Business and Economic Studies, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Forensic Economics, The Empirical Economics Letters, International Journal of Applied Economics, Review of International Economics, Technology and Investment, Empirical Economics, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Economic Modelling, Migration and Development, SN Business & Economics etc.) covering the areas of life-cycle union non-union wage/benefit differentials, firm size effects, gender and racial wage differentials, efficiency wage models, charitable contributions towards higher education, disincentive effects of unemployment insurance, infant mortality, effect of net foreign investment on manufacturing productivity, time-series properties of the north American unemployment rates and Asian stock markets, the effect of political regimes on economic growth, fertility determinants, determinants of internet diffusion, the economics of optimal currency area, braindrain, linking financial liberalization and remittances, linking globalization with ethnic division, linking remittances with income inequality, linking citizenship question with an increase in labor survey non-response, and linking self-perceived economic welfare on life satisfaction etc. He routinely serves as a referee for a number of scholarly journals.