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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Graduate Student

Umesh Bastola

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  • Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. Washington State University (Expected May 2015)
  • M.S. in Statistics. Washington State University (Expected August 2015)
  • M.S. in Aquaculture and Fisheries. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (2011)
  • M.Sc.Ag. in Agricultural Economics. Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2007)
  • B.Sc. in Agriculture. Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2005)

Academic Advisor:

Research Interests:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • International Development
  • Applied Econometrics


  • Sapkota, P. and U. Bastola. On the Relationship between the Business Cycles and College Enrollments in the U.S.: a Time-Series Approach. Economics and Business Letters (Forthcoming).
  • Bastola, U. and C.R. Engle (2012). Economically Important Production Relationships in Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) Foodfish Production. Reviews in Aquaculture, 4:94-107.
  • Bastola, U, C.R. Engle, A. Haukenes, and D. Freeman (2012). The Costs and Effects of Holding Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus in Multiple-batch over the Winter. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 24:283-298.
  • K. Singh, M.M. Dey, A. Laowapong, and U. Bastola. Price Transmission in Thai Aquaculture Product Markets: An Analysis along Value Chain and across Species. Aquaculture Economics and Management (Forthcoming).
  • U. Bastola, M.M. Dey, and A. Laowapong. Price Transmission Relationships in Tuna Value Chain in Thailand. (Non-refereed). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.

Manuscripts under Review:

  • Mathematical Models of Channel Catfish Production (with C.R. Engle, M.M. Dey, and L. Xie). Revised and Resubmitted.
  • Trade and Economic Growth in a Least Developed Economy: Evidence from Nepal (with Pratikshya Sapkota). Submitted.
  • Relationships among Energy Consumption, Pollution Emissions, and Economic Growth in Nepal (with Pratikshya Sapkota). Submitted.

Selected Works in Progress:

  • Trade Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak (with Thomas Marsh).
  • Economic Impacts of Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak on Agro-pastoral Households in Tanzania (with Thomas Marsh).
  • Total Factor Productivity in South Asian Agriculture: Estimation, Decomposition, and Convergence.

Teaching Experience:

  • TEACHING ASSISTANT: EconS 452 (Advanced Business Management Economics), WSU (Fall 2013).

Scholarship and Awards:

  • Graduate and Professional Students Association Travel Grant, Washington State University, 2014.
  • Student and Early Career Professional Travel Grant by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2014.
  • Future Leaders Forum Students Scholarship by Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) to attend 2013 Future Leaders Forum and 49th Annual Conference of AIARD, June 2-5, 2013, Washington, D.C.
  • United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (UN/FAO) Bursary to attend the North American Association of Fisheries Economists Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, May, 2011.
  • M.S. Thesis Research Grant by Swiss Agency for International Development (HELVETAS)/Coffee Promotion Project, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2006.


  • American Economic Association
  • Agricultural and Applied Economic Association
  • Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development


  • SENATOR, Graduate and Professional Students Association, WSU, Pullman (2014 Spring –  Present).
  • TREASURER, Nepalese Student Association, WSU, Pullman (2013).
  • TREASURER, International Student Association, UAPB, Pine Bluff, AR (2010).
  • INTERNATIONAL LIAISON OFFICER, Graduate Student Association, UAPB, Pine Bluff, AR (2010).

Computer Skills:



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


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