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The Details

Manisha Goel- large

Hometown: Delhi, India

Degrees: B.A. (Honors in Economics) from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi

M.A from Delhi School of Economics and from University of British Columbia

Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University

Academic Interests

My primary research interests are in the fields of international economics, labor economics, and macroeconomic development. I employ econometric techniques and develop quantitative structural models to examine the interaction between trade and technological change and its implications for labor markets in developed and developing countries.


Growing up in India, I was seeing the economic environment change dramatically following the widespread deregulation and trade liberalization. But after moving West, I could not help but notice the common sentiment against trade with developing countries. Such vastly different views held by people in two countries that are increasingly trading with each other got me interested in studying the issue. In the coming years, I plan to expand on my current findings and uncover the nuanced consequences of the rapidly growing trade between nations.

Life at UNC

Receiving my Ph.D. degree knowing that my mother was watching me from the audience was the proudest moment in my life. I am sure it was one of hers too. The opportunity to be a part of the academic community at UNC was one I could not turn down. And in the last two months that I have been here, multiple occasions have made me realize the enormity of the wealth of knowledge that surrounds me on campus. My favorite place on campus is the arboretum.

Tell us more!

Hobbies: Hiking, Painting, and Singing. Non-academic passion – touching the lives of people in remote villages of India who are completed ignored by the rest of society.

A relatively less ambitious but equally keen passion is traveling.