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Rajiv Sethi

Professor of Economics


Economics, Human Rights


1004 Milstein Center



Rajiv Sethi joined the faculty of Barnard in 1995. He is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review and Economics and Philosophy. His research areas include microeconomics and game theory, with applications to inequality, crime, communication, and finance.

Professor Sethi is an original contributor to CORE (Curriculum Open-Access Resources for Economics), an organization dedicated to the production of high-quality resources for the teaching of economics, distributed free of charge worldwide under a Creative Commons license. His book Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime and the Pursuit of Justice, written jointly with Brendan O'Flaherty, was published by Harvard University Press in 2019.

  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of Southampton
  • Ph.D. in Economics, New School for Social Research

  • Introduction to Economic Reasoning
  • Coding Markets
  • Seminar: Stereotypes, Crime and Justice
  • Mathematical Methods for Economists (Columbia/Econ): Video Playlist

Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime and the Pursuit of Justice, Harvard University Press, 2019.

Selected Papers

Crime and Punishment in Divided Societies, in Difference without Domination: Pursuing Justice in Diverse Democracies, edited by Danielle Allen and Rohini Somanathan, University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.

Communication with Unknown Perspectives (with Muhamet Yildiz), Econometrica, November 2016.

Urban Crime (with Dan O'Flaherty), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, July 2015.

Credit Market Speculation and the Cost of Capital (with Yeon-Koo Che), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, November 2014.

Group Inequality (with Sam Bowles and Glenn Loury), Journal of the European Economic Association, February 2014.

Public Disagreement (with Muhamet Yildiz), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, August 2012.

Inequality and Network Structure (with Willemien Kets, Garud Iyengar and Sam Bowles), Games and Economic Behavior, September 2011.

Homicide in Black and White (with Dan O'Flaherty), Journal of Urban Economics, November 2010.

Statistical Discrimination with Peer Effects: Can Integration Eliminate Negative Stereotypes? (with Shubham Chaudhuri), Review of Economic Studies, April 2008.

Metacognitive Control and Optimal Learning (with Lisa Son), Cognitive Science, July 2006.

Inequality and Segregation (with Rohini Somanathan), Journal of Political Economy, December 2004.

Preference Evolution and Reciprocity (with E. Somanathan), Journal of Economic Theory, April 2001.

Stability of Equilibria in Games with Procedurally Rational Players, Games and Economic Behavior, July 2000.

The Strategic Advantage of Negatively Interdependent Preferences (with Levent Koçkesen and Efe A. Ok), Journal of Economic Theory, June 2000.

The Evolution of Social Norms in Common Property Resource Use (with E. Somanathan), American Economic Review, September 1996.

Endogenous Regime Switching in Speculative Markets, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, March 1996.

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