Ashish Shenoy

Ashish Shenoy

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Agricultural and Resource Economics


Shenoy, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, specializes in development and labor economics. Shenoy completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2016.

Research interests: 

Development economics, migration, wage gaps, household risk, labor seasonality, employment contract enforcement

Brief overview:

My research focuses on the economic relationship between individuals, markets, and institutions in developing countries. My primary area of interest is internal migration, with the aim of understanding how workers use migration to increase their income and manage risks. I examine how these individual choices affect broader economic growth. 

I also study the economics of how individuals interact in settings characterized by strong social ties, such as rural villages. In such settings, the effect of economic policies is strongly influenced by the existing social structure. Overall, I explore how economic outcomes are shaped by the aggregation of individual preferences and actions.

Current projects:

  • Analyzing migration and variation in earnings across different locations
  • Documenting seasonal fluctuations in household income and consumption
  • Examining household responses to loss of income
  • Studying governance in Indian dairy cooperatives