Neel Rao


Neel Rao.

Neel Rao


Neel Rao


Director of Graduate Studies and PhD Program
Associate Professor

Research Interests

Labor economics; Health economics; Organizational economics

Contact Information

423 Fronczak Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-1520

Phone: (716) 645-8674


Neel Rao, PhD, is an applied microeconomic researcher with broad interests. His work focuses on labor economics while branching into several fields such as game theory, health, and law. Important themes include wage determination, informational frictions, human capital, social networks, and bargaining. A variety of methodological approaches are integrated, ranging from empirical to theoretical. He has published in and refereed for a number of reputable journals in the economics discipline. He has taught courses in labor economics, economic history, microeconomic theory, and education. He received his AB, AM and PhD in economics from Harvard University.


  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2012
  • AM, Economics, Harvard University, 2009
  • AB, Economics, Harvard College, 2006

Selected Publications

  • “Sibling Gender and Wage Differences” (with Twisha Chatterjee)
    (Applied Economics, March 2018)
  • “Wage-Setting Institutions and Corporate Governance” (with Matthew Dimick)
    (Journal of Comparative Economics, November 2016)
  • “Asymmetric Information and Search Frictions: A Neutrality Result”
    (Economics Letters, October 2016)
  • “The Impact of Macroeconomic Conditions in Childhood on Adult Labor Market Outcomes”
    (Economic Inquiry, July 2016)
  • “Social Effects in Employer Learning: An Analysis of Siblings”
    (Labour Economics, January 2016)
  • “General Training in Labor Markets: Common Value Auctions with Unobservable Investment”
    (Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, December 2015)

Works in Progress

  • “Social Networks and Vaccination Decisions” (with Michael Kremer, Markus Mobius, and Tanya Rosenblat)
  • “Sequential Exchange with Stochastic Transaction Costs” (with Yuichiro Kamada)