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Ina Ganguli - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Ina Ganguli

Professor of Economics | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Ina Ganguli looks at how individuals acquire and use their skills, particularly on science and innovation, immigration and gender issues.

Expertise (6)

Gender Disparities in Labor Markets

International Migration of Students and Scientists

Formation of Scientific Collaboration

Economics of Science & Innovation

Labor Economics

Development Economics


Ina Ganguli studies labor economics and the economics of science and innovation, recently focusing on topics including the international migration of students and scientists, gender disparities in labor markets, and the formation of scientific collaborations.

Much of her work is focused on the behavior of high-skilled "knowledge" workers - scientists and engineers – and on issues elated to how individuals acquire and use their skills, particularly in science and innovation, immigration and gender issues.

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The power of meeting new people | Ina Ganguli | TEDxAmherst How Women Network & Land Leadership Roles | Connecting Point | Feb. 11, 2019


Education (3)

Harvard University: Ph.D., Public Policy - Economics

University of Michigan: M.P.P., Public Policy

Northwestern University: B.A., Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Political Science

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Indians risk illegal 'donkey' migration to chase American Dream

The Economic Times  online


Ina Ganguli is quoted in an article on Indian migration to the United States and the risks that can confront migrants. “The question becomes – is there a way to make it safer for these migrants?” Ganguli says.

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War and science in Ukraine

VoxTalks Economics Podcast  


Ina Ganguli discusses how the Russian invasion has affected science in Ukraine. “We compare publications for Ukrainian scientists in 2021, so before the war started, compared to 2020 and so there you know just within a year, we already see a decline of about 10%, but again, it's likely that that's not really showing the true impacts because it's going to take a while for us to really see how the war is going to then affect that pipeline.”

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Attending A Top Indian University Drives Immigration Decisions

Forbes  online


“We study migration in the very right tail of the talent distribution for high school students in India, focusing on the extent to which elite universities in their home country facilitate migration,” according to Prithwiraj Choudhury (Harvard Business School), Ina Ganguli (UMASS Amherst) and Patrick Gaulé (University of Bristol).

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It’s hard to send earthquake relief remittances to Syria

Marketplace  online


Even days later, Western Union, Ria and MoneyGram still don’t allow transfers from the U.S. to Syria on their websites. Consequently, people trying to send money there may end up relying on social networks and family connections, said Ina Ganguli, associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Ukrainians in the U.S. have found new ways to send money to loved ones back home

Marketplace  online


Major players in the remittance industry have responded to all the turmoil, according to Ina Ganguli of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “During the war, it seems like a lot of these companies have made changes to make it easier,” she said.

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‘Saving the World’ Inspires More Female Founders

Scientific American  online


In an 800-person subset of the first group, gender and location were similarly associated with patterns in who ultimately applied for the IIC competition. “You see that by this simple messaging, you can increase people's submitting,” says University of Massachusetts Amherst economist Ina Ganguli, who was not involved in the study. “I think that's really impressive.”

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Select Publications (2)

Ukrainian science is struggling, threatening long-term economic recovery – history shows ways to support the Ukrainian scientific system

The Conversation


The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has done a lot of damage to the Ukrainian scientific system. The ongoing war has damaged physical infrastructure, thousands of Ukrainian scientists have fled their country to seek safety abroad, and the researchers who stayed have experienced significant disruptions to their work.

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The paper trail of knowledge spillovers: evidence from patent interferences

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics


We show evidence of localized knowledge spillovers using a new database of US patent interferences terminated between 1998 and 2014. Interferences resulted when two or more independent parties submitted identical claims of invention nearly simultaneously. Following the idea that inventors of identical inventions share common knowledge inputs, interferences provide a new method for measuring knowledge spillovers. Interfering inventors are 1.4 to 4.0 times more likely to live in the same local area than matched control pairs of inventors. They are also more geographically concentrated than citation-linked inventors. Our results emphasize geographic distance as a barrier to tacit knowledge flows.

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