Kusum Mundra

Kusum Mundra


kmundra [at] rutgers.edu



Office Location

821 Hill Hall

Kusum Mundra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Rutgers University Newark.  She received her Ph.D in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and an M.A. from Delhi School of Economics.  Her research interests are Applied Econometrics, Immigration and International Migration, Social Networks, Gender and Minority Population, Nonparametric and Semiparametric Models.She has worked on issues ranging from the effect of immigrant networks and immigrant diasporas on trade, role of social networks on immigrant earnings, immigrant and minority homeownership, access to healthcare for immigrant women, empirical investigation of suicide bombing events and semiparametric panel data estimation.  Her research has been published in various economic journals including the International Migration Review, Demography, American Economic Review- Papers and Proceedings, Review of International Economics, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, International Trade JournalTerrorism and Political Violence,  the Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inferences, and the Frontiers of Economics and Globalization – Migration and Culture.  Here research has been cited in various media outlets such as Washington Post
Before joining Rutgers she was an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University and worked in economic litigation consulting at NERA Economic Consulting in NYC.  

She is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) at Bonn since 2009.

Courses Taught

  • Statistical Methods (Large Section 100- 150 students) 2008 –2018
  • Advance Econometrics (Time Series and Forecasting Methods)- undergraduate and MA level - 2018
  • Introduction to Econometrics (undergraduate) 2009 - 2010
  • Women in the Economy (undergraduate)  2011- 2018
  • Graduate Econometrics 1 (PhD and MA level)  2010, 2012 - 2018
  • Economics of Immigration and Gender (PhD and MA level) 
  •  ACADEMIC ADVISING PhD Committee MemberHyun Gon Kim, International Business, Rutgers Business School (in progress)Tanu Kohli, Division of Global Affairs (University Lecturer at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)Irfan Ciftci, Division of Global Affairs (Turkish National Police)Daewoong Choo, Division of Global Affairs (Research Fellow at Samsung Economic Research Institute, South Korea) Undergraduate ResearchersDiego Lafuente (Admitted to Columbia Law School)Victor Castaneda (Federal Reserve Bank New York)Amad Saulat (Math M.A. Program, NJIT)   

    Research Initiatives

    Kusum Mundra is a research fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor), Bonn since 2009.

    At Rutgers Newark she is affiliated with   Global Urban Studies/Urban Systems Ph.D. Program, Women and Gender Studies, Division of Global Affairs, and Peace and Conflict Studies. 


    Work in Progress:

     “Gender Wage Gap Trends in the U.S.: Can we blame it all on the Gender Accumulated Labor Market Intermittency Gap? A conditional mean and quantile evidence from the PSID over 1984 - 2005”

    “‘Going Solo’: Gender Homeownership Gap and the Role of Education with Ruth Uwaifo-Oyelere”

    “Immigration Diversity, Group Inequality and Social Conflict”

    “Diaspora, Migration, and Trade: the Indian Diaspora in the World”

    “Nonparametric Marginal Effect for Fixed Effect Panel Model”


    Recent Seminar and Conference Presentations

    2014: Invited Seminar, Department of Economics, Bard College, NY; American Economic Association, Philadelphia

     2013: Eastern Economic Association; Invited Seminar at Department of Economics, University of Manchester, UK; Population Association of America Meetings, New Orleans

    2012: Western Economic Association Meetings, San Diego; 12th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference Berlin; Eastern Economic Association Meetings Boston



    Competitive Research Council Grants, Rutgers University

    2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

    FASN Travel Award, Rutgers University-Newark, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

    Rutgers RU FAIR Grant, for the collaborative proposal “Peer-Mentoring for Female Early Career Researchers at Rutgers University, Newark Campus”, February 2010

    UT Dallas Terrorism Conference small NSF award for collaborative proposal “Ruling Elites, Terrorism, and Choice of Violence” –September 2010

    Summer Faculty Award, Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University 2009



    Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, June 2001

    M.A. Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India, 1995

    B.Sc. with Honors in Economics, St. Xaviers College, Kolkata, India, 1993


    Selected Publications:

    Homeownership Trends among the Never Married,” with Ruth Uwaifo-Oyelere, Housing Studies, January 2018.
    “Immigrant Homeownership during the Great Recession and Beyond: Role of Birth Networks” with Ruth Uwaifo Oyelere, forthcoming print International Migration Review Fall 2017 (online March 24, 2017) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/imre.12311/abstract
    “Housing Adequacy Gap for Minorities and Immigrants in the U.S.: Evidence from the 2009 American Housing Survey” with Amarendra Sharma, Journal of Housing Research24(1), 2015, 55-72.“Skyscraper Height and the Business Cycle: Separating Myth from Reality” with Jason Barr and Bruce Mizrach, Applied Economics, 47(2), January 2015, 148-160.“Immigrant-Based Networks and the U.S. Bilateral Trade: Role of Immigrant Occupation,” International Trade JournalApril 2014.

    “Direct and Dual Elasticities of Substitution under Non-homogenous Technology and Nonparametric Distribution,” Indian Growth and Development Review, 6(2), November 2013.

    “Immigrant Homeownership and Immigration Status: Evidence from Spain” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Review of International Economics, 21(2), January 2013.

    “Immigrant Networks and the U.S. Bilateral Trade: Role of Immigrant Income,” in Gil S. Epstein and Ira N. Gang (ed.) Migration and Culture (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Volume 8), Emerald Publishers, Dec 2010.

    “Is the Downturn in Maquiladora Employment Cyclical or Structural,” with Jim Gerber, Indian Growth and Development Review, 3(1), Spring 2010.

    “Social Networks and Their Impact on the Employment and Earnings of Mexican Immigrants,” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Demography, November 2007.

    “Suicide Bombing As A Strategic Instrument of Protest: an Empirical Investigation of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” with Dipak K. Gupta, in Terrorism and Political Violence, December 2005.

    “Immigration and International Trade: a Semiparametric Empirical Investigation,” Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 14(1), March 2005.

    "Impact of Immigration on Prenatal Care use and Birth Weight: Evidence from California in the 1990s,” with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes in American Economic Review-Papers and Proceedings May 2003.

    “Investigating Hispanic Under Representation in Managerial and Professional Occupations,” with Andrew Moellmer and Waldo Lopez-Aqueres, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 25(4), 2003.

    “Semiparametric Panel Data Estimation: An Approach to Immigrant Homelink Effect on U.S. Producer Trade Flows,” with Aman Ullah, in Handbook of Applied Econometrics and Statistical Inferences, Marcel Dekker, 2001.

    “Parametric and Semi-Parametric Estimation of the Effect of Firm Attributes on Efficiency: The Electricity Generating Sector in India,” with Madhu Khanna and Aman Ullah, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 8(4),1999.