Venoo Kakar


I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University. I earned my Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Riverside. 

My research topics are situated in macro/monetary economics, household finances, inequality, and housing economics. My current work examines the implications of student loan debt on wealth outcomes for US households; read about my work funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation here.

I believe in fostering an environment where education is accessible to all. I regularly advise students about the economics profession and love to collaborate with them on research. Improving diversity in the economics profession is important to me. To this end, I also serve as the liaison for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) and partner with R-Ladies.  

I have previously worked in the area of Development Economics at the World Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). I am an affiliate faculty at the Applied Housing Research Initiative

Ph: (415) 405-3461
Fax: (415) 338-1057
Office Hours:  By appointment on zoom

Department of Economics,
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, HSS 142,
San Francisco, CA 94132 

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  "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."  

-George Bernard Shaw