Prasenjit Sarkhel

Post Doctoral Researcher


Ph.D., Economics, University of Calcutta, 2009

M.Sc., Economics, University of Calcutta, 1999

B.Sc., Economics, Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta, 1997


Dr. Prasenjit Sarkhel is a Raman fellow for post-doctoral research in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Prasenjit will be at Virignia Tech until July 2017 working with Professor Kevin Boyle. His broad research interests are applied micro-econometrics, public policy evaluation, and environmental economics.  His area of work at Virginia Tech includes examining the interlinkage between water availability and sanitation behaviour in rural and urban India. He is also engaged in a project that analyses the demand for influenza vaccination uptake among U.S. households and its relation with avoidance behaviour like social distancing.


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, 2011-Present 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Lalbaba College, West Bengal, 2002-2011 
  • Senior Project Personnel in World Bank aided project “Environmental Management Capacity Building Technical Assistant Project, Environmental Economics Components” at Economic Research Unit (ERU), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, 2000-2002 
  • Research Assistant at Department of Business Management, Calcutta University in the project “Victim’s Willingness to Pay for Vehicular Pollution Control – A Calcutta Based Estimate”, 2000


C.V. Raman Fellowship from University Grants Commission India, 2016: Post Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Polytechnic and State University 


Recent Publications

Flood Risks, Land Use and Private Participation in Embankment Maintenance in Indian Sundarbans (2015) Ecological Economics 118,272-284, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.08.003

Willingness to pay before and after program implementation: the case of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Bally Municipality, India (2015) with Sarmila Banerjee and Somdutta Banerjee, Environment Development and Sustainability, doi:10.1007/s10668-015-9659-5, Print ISSN :1387-585X

Biases and Reliability of WTP estimates from Contingent Valuation responses: A study based on Solid Waste Management services in Bally Municiplaity, Howrah (2015) with Somdutta Banerjee, Arthaniti, XI(1-2), 2012 published in February, 2015, ISSN 0976-7479

Who will haul the trash? Provision of Waste Management Services in Bally Municipality, Howrah (2015) in Mahalaya Chatterjee and Anis Mukhopadhyay eds. ‘Urbanization in Howrah: A Socio Economic Perspective’. Primus Publishers New Delhi, ISBN 978-93-84082-39-0, pp 268-284

Employment Guarantee and Natural Vulnerability: A Study of MGNREGA in Indian Sundarbans (2013) in Sarmila Banerjee and Anjan Chakrabarty eds. Development and Sustainability: India in a Global Perspective, Springer India, ISBN 978-81-322-1123-5

Municipal Solid Waste Management in India: Policies and Institutions (2012) in Sacchidananda Mukherjee and Debasish Chakraborty eds. Environmental Scenario in India: Success and Predicament, Routledge, ISBN: 0415666554, EAN: 9780415666558

Human Security  and Vulnerability (2010) in District Human Development Report : South 24 Parganas, UNDP, Planning Commission Government of India, Development and Planning Department, Government of West Bengal pp202-229

Municipal Solid Waste Management, Source-Separated Waste and Stakeholder’s Attitude: A Contingent Valuation Study (2010) with Sarmila Banerjee, Environment Development and Sustainability, 12:611-630, doi: 10.1007/s10668-009-9215-2

Source Separation and Organic Waste Disposal: Policy options for Household Waste Management in Developing Countries (2009), Arthaniti, 8(1-2),50-63

“The Problem of Solid Waste Disposal in Kolkata: A Theoretical Analysis of Alternative Policy Options”, (2008) in Debashis Chakraborty and Smitha Nath (eds.) Collected Essays on Economic Development: Essays in Honour of Prof. Asok Barman, BookWell, New Delhi.