Patralekha Ukil

Assistant ProfessorPatralekha Ukil



Current Research Activities

One stream of my research investigates the impact of increasing economic shocks to regions in the US from import competition on health outcomes, educational choices, marital decisions. Allied to that is a paper on development economics that investigates the impact of increased trade with China on health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. Another stream is currently looking into abortion laws across US states, which have changed over time and state, and investigating impacts on teen health and behavior, educational/labor market outcomes for women and teenaged women specifically.

Research Connections to Current Events

My work is very directly connected to current events. There is a lot of diverging opinions on increased trade and globalization, and even though trade is generally positive for the entire economy, certain sections of society may not necessarily gain from trade. This has led to a lot of animosity and negative opinions about increased trade openness in the US. My research on abortion restrictions is extremely relevant now given the stricter abortion laws being passed in several US states which are likely to have severe negative effects on women, disproportionately on minority women and teens.

Personal Connections to Research

I grew up in India where trade openness led to increased growth and development for the country. However, when I came to the US for my PhD studies, I realized that views and ideas about trade and the consequences of trade were very divergent and I was also exposed to the increasing geographic and racial disparities across the US. This heavily motivated my dissertation research and subsequent agenda. I was also very inspired by my PhD advisor who is an urban economist and has worked heavily on issues related to housing and mortgage discrimination, residential and school segregation, etc.

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globalization, economic inequality, health outcomes, educational choices.

Other Languages

Bengali (Bangla), Hindi