Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

Associate Professor 
3621 Posvar Hall                                                                                                   
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Curriculum vitae


  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MSc, Environmental Management, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar)
  • BA, Jurisprudence, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar)
  • AB, Economics and Environmental Science, Harvard (summa cum laude)

Teaching and Research Areas

Environment, Health and Development Economics and Policy; Empirical program evaluation

  • Corporate Social Responsibility programs’ impact on environment and occupational hazards
  • Benefits/gentrification effects of hazardous waste cleanup policies
  • Environmental and health impact of development policies (e.g. piped water provision, trade liberalization).

Select Publications

Published papers

  • S. Gamper-Rabindran and C. Timmins, Does hazardous waste remediation raise housing values? evidence of spatially localized benefits.  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, forthcoming
  • S. Finger and S. Gamper-Rabindran, Testing the effects of self-regulation on industrial accidents.  Journal of Regulatory Economics, 2012 doi: 10.1007/s11149-012-9201-8
  • S. Finger and S. Gamper-Rabindran, Testing the effects of self-regulation on industrial accidents.  Journal of Regulatory Economics, accepted
  • S. Gamper-Rabindran and S. Finger, Does industry self-regulation reduce pollution? Responsible Care program in the chemical industry. Journal of Regulatory Economics, 2012  doi:10.1007/s11149-012-9197-0
  • S. Gamper-Rabindran and C. Timmins. “Hazardous Waste Cleanup, Neighborhood Gentrification, and Environmental Justice: Evidence from Restricted Access Census Block Data,” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 101(3), May 2011: Pages 620-624
  • S. Gamper-Rabindran, S. Khan and C. Timmins.  "The Impact of Piped Water Provision on Infant Mortality in Brazil: A Quantile Panel Data Approach," Journal of Development Economics, 92(2) 2010: 188-200.
  • S. Gamper-Rabindran, "Did the EPA's Voluntary Industrial Toxics Program Reduce Plants' Emissions? A GIS Analysis of Distributional Impacts and a By-media Analysis of Substitution," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 52(1), July 2006:391-410.
  • S. Gamper-Rabindran,"NAFTA and the Environment: What Can the Data Tell Us," Economic Development and Cultural Change 54(3) 2006: 605-633.
  • R. Godoy, D. Karlan, S. Rabindran, T. Huanca,  "Do modern forms of human capital matter in primitive economies? Comparative evidence from Bolivia," Economics of Education Review, 24(2005):45-53.

Peer-reviewed research report:

  • S. Gamper-Rabindran, C. Timmins Valuing the Benefits of Superfund Site Remediation: Three Approaches to Measuring Localized Externalities, Peer-Reviewed Research Report to the Environmental Protection Agency, Jan 2011.

Revised and resubmitted:

  • S. Finger and S. Gamper-Rabindran, “Mandatory disclosure of plants' emissions into the environment and workers' chemical exposure inside plants,”  revised and resubmitted to Ecological Economics, Center for Industry Studies working paper # 34, 2012

Working Papers:

  • S. Finger and S. Gamper-Rabindran, Protecting workers from chemical exposure: do voluntary standards reduce exposure?  Center for Industry Studies working paper # 36, 2012

Funded Research

  • National Science Foundation. PIs:  S. Gamper-Rabindran and S. Finger Industry self-regulation in the chemical sector $228,000, August 2011-2014, SES 1127223
  • Environmental Protection Agency. PI: S. Gamper-Rabindran and C. Timmins
    New methods to assess benefits from Superfund remediation
    RFQ-DC-09-00265, 2009-10
  • National Science Foundation.  sole PI:  S. Gamper-Rabindran
    Program evaluation of voluntary emissions reduction programs
    BCS 0351058 $100,000, January 2004-07
  • National Institutes of Health. sole PI: S. Gamper-Rabindran
    Medicaid restrictions and immigrant health: geographical analysis
    HD48791-01 $140,000, November 2004-09
  • Central Research Development Fund, $16,000, 2011-13
  • Center for Social and Urban Research, $10,000, 2010-11
  • Central Research Development Fund, $10,000, 2008-1
  • Center for Race and Social Problems, $10,000, 2009-10
  • Center for Latin American Studies, $4,000, 2009-10
  • European Union Center for Excellence & University Center for International Studies travel funds
  • Marie-Curie Fellowship, Conference on Corporate Social Research Responsibility


  • Faculty Research Fellowship, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Rhodes Scholar
  • Co-winner, Best Thesis, American Association of Geographers
  • Runner-up, Dissertation Award, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Martin Sustainability Fellow, MIT

Consultancies and Other Work

  • Environmental Protection Agency, consultant
  • World Bank, project assistant
  • Human Rights Watch, summer intern


  • PIA 2502 Global Environmental Policy
  • PIA 2553/HPM 2065 Global Health Policy
  • PIA 2510 Economic Development
  • PIA 2005  Macroeconomics and the Global Economy

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Secondary appointment, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Industry Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Studies, European Union Center for Excellence, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Asian Studies


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