Dr. Bhagyashree Katare joined the department in August of
2015. She earned her Master of Financial Mathematics degree, Master of Science
degree in Applied Economics, and a Doctorate in Applied Economics from the
University of Minnesota. During her doctoral program, Dr. Katare has taught
courses in Economics and Statistics as an adjunct faculty. She has also worked
as a consultant for World Bank and Young Lives Project.
Dr. Katare’s research interests are in the economics of
food, health, nutrition, and particularly on the empirical analysis of
consumption behavior related to health outcomes. Her current research centers
on the economic determinants of weight gain and the spread of obesity. In the
next few years, Dr. Katare will develop a research program focused on
understanding how environmental factors and peers influence the health choices
and decisions of individuals. Her teaching responsibilities include an undergraduate
course in agricultural marketing.