Rajiv Sethi

Professor of Economics

Rajiv Sethi joined the faculty of Barnard in 1995. He is currently on the editorial board of the American Economic Review and the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

Professor Sethi's research and teaching is focused primarily on finance, inequality, crime, and communication. In recent work, he has examined segregation in neighborhoods and social networks, stereotyping in economic interactions, disparities across groups in crime victimization and incarceration, and the transmission across generations of group inequality.


Financial Economics

Financial Instability and Economic Performance

Computer Programming for the Behavioral Sciences

The Economics of Group Inequality (Columbia/SIPA)

Mathematical Methods for Economists (Columbia/Econ): Video Playlist


Google Scholar Page

Selected Papers

  • Communication with Unknown Perspectives (with Muhamet Yildiz), Econometrica, forthcoming.
  • Urban Crime (with Dan O'Flaherty), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, July 2015.
  • Credit Market Speculation and the Cost of Capital (with Yeon-Koo Che), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, November 2014.
  • Group Inequality (with Sam Bowles and Glenn Loury), Journal of the European Economic Association, February 2014.
  • Public Disagreement (with Muhamet Yildiz), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, August 2012.
  • Inequality and Network Structure (with Willemien Kets, Garud Iyengar and Sam Bowles), Games and Economic Behavior, September 2011.
  • Homicide in Black and White (with Dan O'Flaherty), Journal of Urban Economics, November 2010.
  • Statistical Discrimination with Peer Effects: Can Integration Eliminate Negative Stereotypes? (with Shubham Chaudhuri), Review of Economic Studies, April 2008.
  • Metacognitive Control and Optimal Learning (with Lisa Son), Cognitive Science, July 2006.
  • Inequality and Segregation (with Rohini Somanathan), Journal of Political Economy, December 2004.
  • Preference Evolution and Reciprocity (with E. Somanathan), Journal of Economic Theory, April 2001.
  • Stability of Equilibria in Games with Procedurally Rational Players, Games and Economic Behavior, July 2000.
  • The Strategic Advantage of Negatively Interdependent Preferences (with Levent Koçkesen and Efe A. Ok), Journal of Economic Theory, June 2000.
  • The Evolution of Social Norms in Common Property Resource Use (with E. Somanathan), American Economic Review, September 1996.
  • Endogenous Regime Switching in Speculative Markets, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, March 1996.

B.S. in Mathematics, University of Southampton

Ph.D. in Economics, New School for Social Research

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