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Lopa Chakraborti, PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Justice, Environment and Development

Office #:  BVM 411

Phone: 773.508.7759

Email: lchakraborti@luc.edu

CV Link: Lopa_Chakraborti_CV


Before joining Loyola University Chicago in August 2021 (Joint Appointment with the School of Environmental Sustainability and the Quinlan School of Business), Lopa Chakraborti was an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics, at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico. She was a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow with the Murphy Institute at Tulane University from August 2011 to June 2013. She was also a World Bank consultant working on various development topics among them sustainability themes such as Green Accounting. Chakraborti graduated from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of Maryland, College Park. She holds a Masters in Quantitative Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi and a Bachelor in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta.  


  • PhD, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park

Program Areas

Environment and Society, Sustainable Food Systems, Climate and Energy, Water

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 335: Ecological Economics (Fall 2021),
  • ECON 334: Public Economics (Fall 2021)

Selected Publications

  • Chakraborti, L. and J. L. Voorheis (2021) “Is air pollution worsening as communities become poorer in Mexico? Long-term Evidence from Satellite Imaging Data”, Available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3764819.
  • Chakraborti, L. (2020), “Effects of Water Quality Monitoring on Plant Level Pollution: Evidence from the Clean Water Act”, Land Economics, Volume 96, Issue 3, 349-365, DOI: 10.3368/le.96.3.349.
  • Chakraborti, L., D. Heres and D. Hernandez (2019), “Are Land Values Related to Pollution Levels? A Hedonic Analysis of Air Pollution in Mexico City”, Environment and Development Economics, Volume 24, Issue 3, June 2019, 252-270, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355770X18000542.