Economics Faculty Directory

Chandini Sankaran

Associate Professor of the Practice




Chandini Sankaran, Ph.D., is an associate professor of practice of economics in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.  She has expertise in economic inequality and the economics of education.  Her research focus areas include energy and environmental economics, public policy and education economics.  She is a member of the National Economic Education Delegation, whose purpose is to promote a nonpartisan understanding of the economics of U.S. policy issues. Dr. Sankaran has been honored with a number of teaching excellence awards and her media commentaries have appeared in Boston 25 News and Wallethub.

Selected Publications

"Counting Cars: A Sustainable Development Experiential Learning Project," with Tamara Sheldon, Journal of Economics Teaching, forthcoming. 

The Battle of Dunkirk: Analyzing Economics Principles in Two Motion Picture Portrayals of an Epic Retreat”, with Sankaran Ramanathan, in L. Ahlstrom and F. Mixon Jr. (Eds.) War Movies and Economics: Lessons from Hollywood’s Adaptation of Military Conflicts, Edited by L. Ahlstrom and F. Mixon Jr., Chapter 6, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2020.

Men in Grey Suits: Shark Activity and Congestion of the Surfing Commons,” with Franklin G. Mixon, Jr.  Sustainability  2019, 11(11), 3114;

"Early Intervention in College Classes and Improved Student Outcomes," with William Hauk and John Gordanier, Economics of Education Review, 2019, Volume 72, October 2019, Pages 23-29

"Is Political Ideology Stable? Evidence from Long-Serving Members of the United States Congress," with Franklin G. Mixon, Jr. and Kamal P. Upadhyaya, Economies 2019, 7(2), 36; Special Issue: Public Choice,

"Averting Behavior among Singaporeans during Indonesian Forest Fires," with Tamara Sheldon, Environmental and Resource Economics (2019).

“Rethinking how we evaluate teaching effectiveness: Does only the Mean Matter” with Jamie Wagner and Elizabeth Breitbach, Perspectives on Economic Education Research (PEER), 2018, 11 (1): 73-87

"The Impact of Indonesian Forest Fires on Singaporean Pollution and Health." with Tamara Sheldon, American Economic Review, 2017, 107 (5): 526-29.

"The movement to online course evaluations: Do we hear from more complainers?" with Elizabeth Breitbach and Jamie Wagner, Perspectives on Economic Education Research (PEER), 2016, 10 (1): 41-56.

"An exercise on creating a student expenditure basket," with Dana Corcoran and Thomas Mulroney Jr., Journal of Economics Teaching (JET), 2016, 1b (2): 90-110.

Working Papers

Working Paper 1016. Chandini Sankaran (Boston College), Olivia Sorrentino (Boston College), Eva Hernandez (Boston College), "'I’ll See You in School': A Multiple Proxy Analysis of the Role of Parental Involvement in K-12 Education and Improved Student Outcomes." (08/2020; PDF)

Working Paper 960. Tamara L. Sheldon, University of South Carolina, and Chandini Sankaran, "Transboundary Pollution in Southeast Asia: Welfare and Avoidance Costs in Singapore from the Forest Burning in Indonesia", (12/2016; PDF)

Working Paper 956.  John Gordanier, University of South Carolina, William Hauk, University of South Carolina, and Chandini Sankaran, "Early Intervention in College Classes and Improved Student Outcomes", (09/2018; PDF)