G International and Development Economics



Jesse Anttila-Hughes

Assistant Professor

Professor Anttila-Hughes received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. His research focuses on understanding the social impacts of environmental processes, particularly those influenced by environmental degradation and climate change.

Professor Anttila-Hughes' current research areas include: public health impacts of the climate; behavioral responses to new information about environmental risks; and determinants of the spread of environmental attitudes and ideas.

Tel:(415) 422-5351

Alessandra Cassar


Alessandra Cassar is a Professor at the University of San Francisco and Associate Director of LEEPS Lab (Learning and Experimental Economics Projects) at UCSC. She studied in Italy - Universita' di Parma (B.A.) and Universita' Bocconi, Milano (M.A.) - before going to the U.S. where she received a Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Alessandra is currently studying the economic consequences of networked markets.

Tel:(415) 422-4715

Suparna Chakraborty

Associate Professor

Dr. Chakraborty received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialization include: applied macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, international finance, and development economics. Dr. Chakraborty has published research articles in the Journal of International Business Studies, Economics Letters, and the Journal of World Economic Review.

Tel:(415) 422-5413

Elizabeth Katz

Associate Professor

Professor Katz is Ph.D from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research areas of specialization are development economics, women in development, agricultural economics, and history of economic thought. Dr. Katz's recent research has focused on the relationship between gender, intra-household bargaining and development in Latin America.


Yaniv Stopnitzky

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yaniv Stopnitzky received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His areas of specialization include environmental and development economics, with a focus on applied microeconometrics.

Tel:(415) 422-6194

M.C. Sunny Wong


Professor Sunny Wong received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Oregon (1996-2002). His teaching and research interests include monetary policy, learning dynamics, business-cycle theory, and foreign direct investment. Professor Wong has published research articles in academic journals including Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, World Development, and other journals. He published a book, The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations (Cambridge University Press) in April 2006.

Tel:(415) 422-5863

Bruce Wydick


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of specialization: Use of econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development projects and policies, especially in the areas of microfinance, education, and health.  Recent work examines the impact of microfinance, child sponsorship, and animal donation programs.