Chandan Kumar Jha, assistant professor of finance in the Madden School of Business, along with two co-authors, has been awarded the 2020 Kuznets Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Population Economics during 2019. The three received the prize at the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) annual meeting in San Diego on Friday, Jan. 3. Shown in photo above at the meeting are, from left: Dr. James Heckman, University of Chicago Noble Laureate who presented the award; Professor Sudipta Sarangi, a co-author of the paper; Jha; and Professor Klaus Zimmermann, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Population Economics and president of the Global Labor Organization.
The paper – Ancestral ecological endowments and missing women – was authored by Jha, Gautam Hazarika of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Sudipta Sarangi from Virginia Tech. Selected by editors of the journal, this is the sixth year the Kuznets Prize has been presented. The paper “… examines the relationship between ecological endowments in antiquity and contemporary female to male sex ratios in the population. It is found that there are proportionately more missing women in countries whose ancestral ecological endowments were poorer.” Read the paper here.
Jha holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from Louisiana State University. His research interests lie in the areas of economic growth and development, political economy, and finance and development. His research on corruption, particularly the link between social media and corruption, and the relationship between gender representation in national parliaments and corruption, received media attention from all over the world including the BBC, the Hill, the Sydney Morning Herald, among several other media outlets. In addition to the Journal of Population Economics, he has published several research articles in other reputed journals, including the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, the International Review of Finance, and Information Economics and Policy.
The prize is named for Simon Kuznets, a pioneer in population economics, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and the 1971 Nobel Prize laureate in economics. He was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania for 24 years and professor of Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University from 1954 until he joined Harvard University in 1960. He retired in 1971 and was given the title of George F. Baker Professor Emeritus of Economics. A former president of the American Economic Association and the American Statistical Association, he died in 1985.