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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Graduate Student

Pratikshya Sapkota Bastola

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  • Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University, USA (expected May 2015).
  • M.S. in Aquaculture and Fisheries, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, USA (2011).
  • B.S. in Agriculture, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2008).

Academic Advisor:

  • Jill McCluskey

Research Interest:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Development and Environmental Economics


  • Sapkota, P. and U. Bastola. (2015) “On the Relationship between the Business Cycle and College Enrollment in the U.S.: A Time-Series Approach.” Economics and Business Letters, 4(1), 7-16.
  • Bastola, U. and P. Sapkota. (2015)  “Relationships among Energy Consumption, Pollution Emission, and Economic Growth in Nepal.” Energy, 80(1), 254-262.
  • Bastola, U. and P. Sapkota. “Causality between Trade and Economic Growth in a Least Developed Economy: Evidence from Nepal.” Journal of Developing Areas, Forthcoming.
  • Sapkota, P., M. M. Dey, F. Alam, and K. Singh. (2015) “Price Transmission Relationships along the Seafood Value Chain in Bangladesh: Aquaculture and Capture Fisheries.” Aquaculture Economics and Management, 19(1), 82-103.
  • Sapkota, P., C. Engle, and P. Wui. (2014) “A Mathematical Programming Model of Year-Round Hybrid Striped Bass (Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis) Fingerling Production” Aquaculture Economics and Management, 18(1), 60-75.
  • Sapkota, P., C. Engle, D. Heikes, and N. Stone. (2012) “Cost Analysis of a Mobile Fish Nursery System for Growing Hybrid Striped Bass (Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis) Fry.” Aquaculture Engineering, 49, 18-22.
  • Engle, C. and P. Sapkota. (2012) “A Comparative Analysis of Economic Risk of Hybrid Striped Bass Fingerling Production in Ponds and Indoor Tanks. North American Journal of Aquaculture” North American Journal of Aquaculture, 74(4), 477-484.

Manuscripts under Review:

  • Foreign Direct Investment, Environmental Pollution, and Economic Growth in Developing Countries: Panel Data Analysis of Latin America, with Umesh Bastola.

Work in Progress:

  • Gender Inequalities in Educational Opportunities in Nepal. Data collected from two districts of Nepal.
  • Role of Food Insecurity and Women’s Autonomy in Child Health: Empirical Evidence from Nepal, with Umesh Bastola.
  • Mechanisms of Patent Licensing for Varietal Innovation, with Jill McCluskey, Karina Gallardo, and Bradley Rickard.
  • U.S. Import Demand for Coff ee Di fferentiated by Country of Origin: A Production Theory Approach with Umesh Bastola.
  • A Simultaneous Equation Model to Analyze U.S. Wheat Price, with Randy Fortenbery.


  • Civil Society Scholar Awards, Open Society Foundation, New York 2014
    “Challenges for Development of Open Societies: Investigation of Gender Inequalities in Educational Opportunities in Nepal”. Amount Funded: $6,000

Scholarship and Awards:

  • First Place Winner, Poster Competition, Graduate Student Association, School of Economic Sciences, WSU, 2015.
  • Second Place Winner, Poster Presentation, Wiley Research Exposition, WSU, 2015.
  • Tesfaye Girma Deboch Graduate Fellowship, School of Economic Sciences,Washington State Univesity 2014.
  • Future Leaders Forum Scholarship, Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development 2013.
  • Walter Landry Memorial Award, for outstanding student research, presented by Striped Bass Growers Association 2012.
  • FAO Bursary, to attend seminar entitled International Advance Course: Applied Economics on Aquaculture and Fisheries held in Spain 2011.
  • Walter Landry Memorial Award, for outstanding student research, presented by Striped Bass Growers Association 2011.

Computer Skills:



  • English (fluent)
  • Nepali (native)
  • Hindi (fluent)


Contact Info


School of Economic Sciences
Hulbert Hall, 323C
P.O. Box 646210
Pullman, WA 99164-6210
Phone: (509) 339-5246