Ananth Seshadri

Position title: Professor, Economics


Phone: (608) 262-6196

6448A Sewell Social Sciences

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I have spent the last 10 years working on models of demographic change, human capital acquisition and inequality. I have developed models of fertility choice that are capable of rationalizing the demographic transition as well as the baby boom and the baby bust. My training in macroeconomics makes me ideally suited to analyze the interplay between micro and macro data. I have also devoted the last 5 years to studying wealth inequality and the contribution of demographics (mortality and fertility, specified exogenously) to inequality and intergenerational mobility. One of my current research areas involves measurement of human capital – in recent work I have argued that human capital is much more important for understanding cross-country income differences than previously thought. I am well-qualified to mentor students interested in the economics of population.

CDE research theme area affiliation

Demography of Inequality

Selected Publications

Kotera, Tomoaki, and Ananth Seshadri. “Educational Policy and Intergenerational Mobility.” Review of Economic Dynamics 25 (2017): 187-207. NIHMS ID 982813.

Greenwood, Jeremy, Ananth Seshadri, and Guillaume Vandenbroucke. “Measurement without Theory, Once Again.” Journal of Demographic Economics 81, no. 3 (2015): 317-29. NIHMS ID 982816.

Manuelli, Rodolfo, and Ananth Seshadri. “Human Capital and the Wealth of Nations.” American Economic Review 104, no. 9 (2014): 2736-62. NIHMS ID 982815.