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Rik Chakraborti

Department of Economics

Rik Chakraborti

Assistant Professor

Luter Hall 219
(757) 594-8600


  • Ph D in Economics, University of Wyoming
  • MS in Economics, University of Oregon
  • MA in Economics, Jadavpur University, India
  • BS in Economics, University of Burdwan, India


Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, International Trade, Behavioral and Experimental Economics


Environmental Economics, Behavioral Economics, International Trade and the Environment


I am an applied microeconomist with a wide range of interests. I hail from the vibrant city of Kolkata, India, which, due to its scorching heat at times, can feel like a literal melting pot of colors and cultures. I spent the first 25 years of my life there before embarking on an academic journey that led me first to the lush, rain-soaked landscapes of the Pacific Northwest (Eugene, OR) for my Master's degree, and then to the awe-inspiring yet bitterly cold high plains of the Midwest (Laramie, WY) for my PhD.

During my leisure time, I enjoy fishing, playing and/or listening to music, hiking, exploring breweries, and reading. On occasion, I've been known to engage in all of these at the same time, though the outcomes of such endeavors remain, thankfully, a mystery.

For a more detailed biography, please visit my website at https://www.rikchakraborti.com/bio.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Gordon Tullock Prize, 2024, Public Choice Society. (2024)
  • CNU Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, 2023, Christopher Newport University. (2023)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). Reflecting on reflection. Journal of Economics Teaching. Pages, 12-23.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). Do Higher Levels of Athletic Competition Benefit Small and Medium-Sized Colleges? Investigating the Causal Effect of Reclassification from NCAA Division 2 to Division 1 on Applications, Basketball Revenues, and Athletic Department Expenses. Innovative Higher Education / Springer.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). Urban crime and its net implicit price to North Carolina Households. American Business Review. Volume, 26. Issue, 1. Pages, 83-94.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2023). How Price-Gouging Regulation Undermined COVID-19 Mitigation: County-Level Evidence of Unintended Consequences. Public Choice, Springer. Volume, 196. Pages, 51–83.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2022). The Impact of National Culture on Covid-19 Pandemic Outcomes. International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald. Volume, 49. Issue, 3. Pages, 313-335.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). Learning to Hoard: the Effects of Preexisting and Surprise Price-Gouging Regulation during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Consumer Policy.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2021). Anti-Price Gouging Laws, Shortages, and COVID-19: Insights from Consumer Searches. Journal of Private Enterprise. Volume, 35. Issue, 4. Pages, 1-20.
  • Working Paper
    Property Rights and the Factor Content of Trade: A Product-Level Test of Apparent Comparative Advantage. FREIT (Forum for Research In Empirical International Trade). Issue, # 1735.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). Social Capital and the Voluntary Contribution to Public Goods. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Volume, 77. Issue, December, 2018. Pages, 196-208.
  • Rik Chakraborti, Invited talk: Elizabeth City State University Annual Undergraduate Research Week, 2023, "What do we pay to keep prices down? Social costs of price-regulation during the pandemic," Elizabeth City, North Carolina. (2023)
  • Travis Taylor, Rik Chakraborti, Atlantic Economic Conference, "Do Higher Levels of Athletic Competition Benefit Small and Medium-Sized Colleges? The Effect of Reclassification," Washington, D.C.. (2022)
  • Rik Chakraborti, Invited talk: Dominion Energy Annual Meeting, "Don't Panic! Sensibly Navigating Current Economic Uncertainties," Virtual. (2022)
  • Rik Chakraborti, Alexandre Skiba, Edward Barbier, Western Economic Association International Annual Conference, "Property Rights and the Factor Content of Trade: A Product-Level Test of Apparent Comparative Advantage," Portland. (2022)
  • Rik Chakraborti, ICAR-sponsored 10-day online workshop on "Attracting Rural Youth for Entrepreneurship Development in Dairy Enterprises.", "Dare to Dairy? The Economics of Competitive Entrepreneurship," West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences (Online). (2022)
  • Rik Chakraborti, Academy of Business Research Summer 2020 Online Conference, "The Hidden Costs of Anti-Price Gouging Laws: Negative Spillovers of Shortage-Induced Consumer Search Spikes," (2020)
  • Rik Chakraborti, Indian Economic Association Webinar Series, "Virus without a vaccine - Combating the Fake News Pandemic," (2020)
  • Rik Chakraborti, Jason Shogren, Western Economic Association International Annual Conference, "Drilled by Overconfidence? - Regulating Catastrophic Environmental Risks under Asymmetric Beliefs," San Fransisco. (2019)
  • Rik Chakraborti, Gavin Roberts, "Center for Growth and Opportunity Research Grant," Sponsored by Utah State University
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