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Anubhab Gupta

Assistant Professor
Anubhab Gupta
205B Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Anubhab Gupta conducts research at the intersection of international development and agricultural policies in both developed and developing country settings. His main areas of research focus on impact evaluations of development projects, agricultural market structures in rural settings, migration and displacement of populations due to conflicts and climate change, and general equilibrium impacts of policies. He regularly collaborates with international organizations such as the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, World Bank, and the World Food Programme. Anubhab earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis, double M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, and his B.S. in Economics from the University of Calcutta in India.


Agricultural economics; applied econometrics and economic analytics; development economics; international development economics


Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, 2019

M.S., Applied Economics, The University of Arizona, 2013

M.A., Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, 2010

B.Sc. (Honors in Economics), University of Calcutta, India, 2008

In my research program, I apply economic theory and applied econometric tools to understand issues in agricultural markets and impact evaluation of programs and interventions in developed and developing countries. My research focuses on market structures, market power, and supply chains in agriculture, and on developing tools for impact evaluations of programs and policies with a particular focus on local-economy general equilibrium impacts. My research integrates general equilibrium impacts of interventions within agricultural supply chains to provide economic insights and estimations of the direct and indirect benefits of policy interventions. Secondary research topics include conflicts- and climate-change- induced population displacement such as internal migration, refugee economics, etc., and understanding livelihood diversification and coping strategies for vulnerable households in the face of climate change. I use rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental econometric approaches paired with structural methods and cost-benefit analyses in my program to evaluate and inform policy decisions.

Courses Taught:

  • AAEC 3204: International Agricultural Development and Trade (undergraduate)
  • AAEC 4984: Topics in International Development (undergraduate)
  • AAEC 5154: International Agricultural Development and Trade (masters)
  • AAEC 6894: Empirical Analysis of Markets and Policy (Ph.D., co-taught with John Bovay, Ph.D.)


  • Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2020-present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis, 2019-2020
  • Research Consultant, World Food Programme HQ, Rome, May-Aug 2018
  • Research Consultant, Food and Agricultural Organization, May-Dec 2015
  • Consultant, International Water Management Institute, New Delhi, 2010-2011


  • CALS Global Fellow, Virginia Tech, 2021
  • University-wide Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, UC Davis, 2018
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Research Award, UC Davis, 2018-2019
  • Henry A. Jastro Research Award, UC Davis, 2017
  • Travel Award, UNU WIDER Conference, Mozambique, 2017
  • E. Ray Cowden Scholarship, University of Arizona, 2011 & 2012

Peer-reviewed journal articles

[6] Filipski, M., Gupta, A., Kagin, J., Husain, A., Grinspun, A., Caccavale, O.M., Daidone, S., Giuffrida, V., Greb, F., Hooker, J. and Sandström, S. “A local general‐equilibrium emergency response modeling approach for sub‐Saharan Africa.” Agricultural Economics, 53(1) (2022): 72-89.

[5] Gupta, A., Zhu, H., Doan, M.K., Michuda, A. and Majumder, B. “Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Lockdown in a Remittance-dependent Region.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics Vol. 103, no. 2 (2021): 466-485.

[4] Zhu, H., Gupta, A., Majumder, B. and Steinbach, S. “Short-term Effects of India’s Demonetization on the Rural Poor.” Economics Letters Vol. 170 (2018): 117-121.

[3] Gupta, A., Kagin, J., Taylor, J.E., Filipski, M., Hlanze, L. and Foster, J. “Is Technology Change Good for Cotton Farmers? A Local-economy Analysis from the Tanzania Lake Zone.” European Review of Agricultural Economics 45, no. 1 (2017): 27-56.

[2] Alloush, M., Taylor, J.E., Gupta, A., Valdes, R.I.R and Gonzalez-Estrada, E. “Economic Life in Refugee Camps.” World Development 95 (2017): 334-347.

[1] Taylor, J. E., Filipski, M., Alloush, M., Gupta, A., Valdes, R.I.R and Gonzalez-Estrada, E. “Economic impact of refugees.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 27 (2016): 7449-7453.