Prakrati Thakur

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My research interests lie in international trade and environmental economics. My current research focuses on international trade in waste including the welfare consequences of waste trade across countries and how the design of an international environmental agreement on waste trade affects countries' incentives to join the agreement. I also study the interplay between regulation and international trade. Particularly, I study how the structure of international trade creates incentives for countries to adopt regulatory and voluntary standards.

At RPI, I teach a course on international trade and the environment that draws directly from my research interests. In this course, we cover topics on how international trade affects air pollution and natural resource depletion along with interactions between trade policy and environmental policy and the role of international environmental agreements.

Education & Training

Ph. D. Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2022 

M. S. Quantitative Economics, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, 2015

B. A. (Honors) Economics, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, 2012



Primary Research Focus
International Trade, Environmental Economics, Applied Econometrics


Current Courses

ECON 4961: International Trade and the Environment

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