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  • Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University, Expected May 2021
  • M.S. in Statistics, Washington State University, Expected March 2021
    • Advisor: Nairanjana Dasgupta, Ph.D.
    • Project: Predicting Patients’ Length of Stay and Discharge Destination using Machine Learning on Hospital Discharge Data
  • M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics (Applied Econometrics), University of Arizona, 2016
  • B.A. (Honors) and M.A. in Economics, University of Delhi, 2012

Research Interests

  • Primary: Applied Microeconomics, Health Economics, Development Economics
  • Secondary: Environmental and Resource Economics, Applied Econometrics

Working Papers

  • “Moving to Better Healthcare? Estimating the Causal Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Homelessness” Ashutosh Kumar (Job Market Paper)
  • “Can A Women’s Rural Livelihood Program Improve Mental Health? Estimating the Program Effect Using Propensity Score Matching” Ashutosh Kumar, Tauhidur Rahman

Works in Progress

  • “Healthcare Access and Expenditure: Estimating the Impact of Medicaid Expansion at Household Level” Ashutosh Kumar, Benjamin W. Cowan
  • “Water Allocation under Climate Change using Partial Equilibrium and System Dynamics: Modeling Food, Energy and Water (FEW) in the Columbia River Basin” Ashutosh Kumar, Mengqi Zhao, Jonathan Yoder, Jan Boll
  • “Water Rights and Relinquishment in Washington State: An Empirical Analysis” Ashutosh Kumar, Matt Yourek, Jonathan Yoder, Kirti Rajagopalan


  • Selected Poster Presentation at AEA/ASSA 2021 Annual Meeting (Virtual), American Economic Association, Jan 2021
  • Southern Utah University (SUU) HEAL Research Lab Seminar (Virtual), June 2020
  • Selected Paper Presentation at SGE 2020 Conference, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, D.C., March 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
  • School of Economic Sciences (SES) Seminar Presentation at Washington State University, November 2019
  • Selected Paper Presentation at Advances with Field Experiments Conference, University of Chicago, August 2019
  • Selected Paper Presentation at Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 2018
  • Poster at School of Economic Sciences (SES), WSU (Spring 2019; Fall 2018)

Research Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant —  Washington State University, U.S., August 2018 – May 2021
  • Graduate Research Assistant — University of Arizona, US., August 2014 – May 2016

Teaching Experience

  • Sole Instructor — Washington State University (Evaluation Mean: 4.4/5.0 and Median: 4.0/5)
    • EconS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics, In-person, Summer 2019
    • EconS 327/Bus 470 International Trade and Finance, Online, Summer 2018
  • Graduate Teaching AssistantWashington State University
    • EconS 490 Economics Capstone, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
    • EconS 102 Fundamentals of Microeconomics, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Past Employment

Consultant, Development Economics Research Group, The World Bank, India (May 2012 – May 2014)

Professional Activities

  • Leadership:
    • Senator, Graduate and Professional Students Association, Washington State University, 2019 – 2021
    • School of Economic Sciences, Graduate Student Association, Secretary, 2018-2019
  • Memberships:
    • American Economic Association
    • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
    • American Society of Health Economists

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

  • Robert E. Berney Endowed Fellowship, Washington State University (WSU), Spring 2021
  • GPSA Dissertation Grant, Washington State University (WSU), Fall 2020
  • Second Prize, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, WSU, Fall 2020
  • SES Conference Travel Grant, WSU, Fall 2019
  • Krautkraemer “Pay it Forward” Scholarship, WSU, Fall 2019
  • First Prize, SES WSU Poster Competition, WSU, Spring 2019
  • Monke, Eric Memorial Scholarship, University of Arizona, 2015-2016
  • Cowden, E Ray Scholarship, University of Arizona, 2015-2016
  • Krishna Raj Summer Travel Fellowship, Center for Development Economics, University of Delhi, 2011


Tools: R, STATA, Python, LaTex, SAS


Ph.D. Economics, Chair: Dr. Benjamin W Cowan (

Ph.D. Economics, Co-Chair, and M.S. Statistics Committee Member: Dr. Ron Mittelhammer (

Ph.D. Economics, Committee Member: Dr. Jonathan Yoder (

M.S. Statistics, Chair: Dr. Nairanjana ‘Jan’ Dasgupta, (

M.S. Statistics, Committee Member: Dr. Abhishek Kaul, (

Contact Info:

E-mail: Ashutosh Kumar

Personal Website


Office Location:

201A Hulbert Hall
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210