Department of Economics at Illinois State University Department of Economics at Illinois State University Department of Economics at Illinois State University

Rati Ram


Office Address: STV 429
Office Phone: (309).438.7101
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Research Interests:
Economic Development, Human Resources, Cross-Country Studies
Selected Publications:

“Irreversible Investments: A Cost-Benefit Perspective,” with Rajeev Goel, in R.J. Brent (ed.), Handbook of Cost-Benefit Analysis, JAI Press, forthcoming.

“Income Inequality and Cigarette Consumption: Evidence from the United States,” with R. Connelly (student) and Rajeev Goel, Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming.

“Demand for Cigarettes in the United States: Effects of Prices in Bordering States and Contiguity with Mexico and Canada,” with R.T. Connelly (student) and Rajeev Goel, Applied Economics, forthcoming.

“Sensitivity of Individual Income Tax in the United States, “ Public Finance/Finances Publiques, forthcoming. 

“Parametic Variability in Cross-Country Growth Regression:  An Application of Quantile-Regression Methodology”, Economics Letters, 2008, 99(2), 387-389.

“R&D Spending and Economic Growth in the United States:  A Disaggregated Approach” with Rajeev Goel and James E. Payne, Journal of Policy Modeling, 2008, 30(2), 237-250.

“Educational Attainment and HIV/AIDS Prevalence:  A Cross-Country Study” with M. Lakhanpal (student), Economics of Education Review, 2008, 27(1), 14-21.

“Roles of Income and Equality in Poverty Reduction:  Recent Cross-Country Evidence”, Journal of International Development, 2007, 19(7), 919-926.

“IQ and Economic Growth:  Further Augmentation of Mankiw-Romer-Weil Model”, Economics Letters, 2007, 97(1), 7-11.

“Growth Elasticity of Poverty:  Alternative Estimates and a Note of Caution”, Kyklos, 2006, 59(4), 601-610.

“Outward-Orientation and Economic Growth in Developing Countries:  A Quarter-Century Perspective”, Economia Internazionale/International Economics, 2006, 59(3), 383-399.

“State of the ‘Life Span Revolution’ between 1980 and 2000”, Journal of Development Economics, 2006, 80(2), 518-526.

“Defense Expenditure and Economic Growth:  Evidence from Cross-Country Panel Data”, The Elgar Companion to Public Economics: Empirical Public Economics edited by Attiat F. Ott and Richard J. Cebula (Edgar Elgar Publishing Co.:  United Kingdom), 2006, 166-194.

“Demand Elasticities for Internet Services”, with Rajeev Goel, Edward Hsieh, and Michael Nelson, Applied Economics, 2006, 38(9), 975-980.

“Further Examination of the Cross-Country Association between Income Inequality and Population Health”, Social Science & Medicine, 2006, 62(3), 779-791.

“Income Inequality, Poverty, and Population Health:  Evidence from Recent Data for the United States”, Social Science & Medicine, 2005, 61(12), 2568-2576.

“Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in Transition Economies:  A Panel Data Study”, with V. Cristina Iliuta (student), Economia Internazionale/International Economics, 2005, 38(3), 337-352.

“Cross-Country Convergence in Income and Divergence in Life Expectancy:  A Study of Reversals and Contrasts During the 1990s”, Economia Internazionale/International Economics, 2005, 38(1), 43-50.

“Openness and Government Size:  Additional Evidence from Multicountry Data”, Public Finance/Finances Publiques, 1999/2005, 54(1-2), 21-36.