This bio is current as of 2020. 

Kancherla Kancherla is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Berkeley Department of Economics and a Graduate Research Fellow at the National Science Foundation, with broad interests in public and labor economics. In his research, he leverages population-level administrative data to understand the various ways that the US tax, transfer, and social insurance system interacts with labor markets. He majored in Honors Mathematics and Economics as an undergraduate at Notre Dame, where he was a Kellogg International Scholar; visiting student at Oriel College, Oxford; and researcher at the Lab for Economic Opportunities. Through the generous support of ISP, Kancherla spent several years working for Dr. Jeffrey Bergstrand (Mendoza) in categorizing and understanding changes in international economic integration agreements. His personal undergraduate research (directed by Dr. James Sullivan, Economics) primarily explored the efficiency consequences of basic income and unemployment insurance.

This profile was current as of 2017, when he was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.

My current research for Dr. Bergstrand involves his Economic Integration Agreement Dataset, a renowned file which attempts to list and categorize all economic integration agreements since 1960 across nearly all country pairs. While my role has principally been to study the European Union, with a particular focus on generalized system of preferences agreements, I will also be leading my fellow International Scholars to continue improving and updating the dataset this year.

Outside of ISP, I conduct economic research with a domestic or theoretical focus. The past two summers, I have received UROP grants to perform empirical poverty alleviation evaluation research as a research assistant at the Lab for Economic Opportunities—working in fields as diverse as healthcare, community college persistence, early childhood education, and senior housing. I was also able to begin research in differential game theory while studying abroad in Mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford.

Thematic Interests

Applied microeconomics; international trade

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions

2017 - National Science Foundation Graduate Research Grant


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