Shanthi Nataraj is director, Labor and Workforce Development Program, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include economic development, labor markets, workforce development, and firm growth.
She recently completed a study examining the integration of Syrian refugees into labor markets in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, which includes primary data collection through firm and household surveys as well as focus groups with host nationals and refugees. She also co-led two studies examining informal labor markets in Bangladesh, as well as a study of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on employment and output in the Gulf States fisheries and tourism industries.
In the area of workforce economics, her recent work includes the development of supply projections for Army and Department of Defense civilian personnel, and an analysis of retention among active duty mental health professionals. She has also examined the effects of trade and industrial policies on employment and productivity growth
Nataraj received her Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Krishna Kumar, Minhaj Mahmud, Shanthi Nataraj, and Yoonyoung Cho, "Employer and Employee Preferences for Worker Benefits: Evidence from a Matched Survey on the Bangladesh Informal Sector," IZA Discussion Paper No. 12064, 2019
Minhaj Mahmud, Italo Gutierrez, Krishna Kumar, and Shanthi Nataraj, "What Aspects of Formality Do Workers Value? Evidence from a Choice Experiment in Bangladesh," RAND Labor & Population Working Paper WR-1197, 2017
Italo Gutierrez, Krishna Kumar, Minhaj Mahmud, Farzana Munshi, and Shanthi Nataraj, "Transitions Between Informal and Formal Employment: Results from a Worker Survey in Bangladesh," IZA Journal of Development and Migration (forthcoming)
Jeffrey Allen, Shanthi Nataraj, and Tyler Schipper, "Strict Duality and Overlapping Productivity Distributions between Formal and Informal Firms," Journal of Development Economics, 135, 2018
Leslie Martin, Shanthi Nataraj, and Ann Harrison, "In with the Big, Out with the Small: Removing Small-Scale Reservations in India," American Economic Review, 107(2), 2017
Shanthi Nataraj, Francisco Perez-Arce, Sinduja Srinivasan, and Krishna B. Kumar, "The Impact of Labor Market Regulation on Employment in Low-Income Countries: A Meta-Analysis," Journal of Economic Surveys, 28(3), 2014
Ann Harrison, Leslie Martin and Shanthi Nataraj, "Learning Versus Stealing: How Important are Market-Share Reallocations to India's Productivity Growth?" World Bank Economic Review, 27(2), 2013
Shanthi Nataraj, "The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Productivity: Evidence from India's Formal and Informal Manufacturing Sectors," Journal of International Economics, 85, 2011