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, consumer finances, inequality, and housing economics. My current work examines the implications of student loan debt on wealth outcomes for US households as well as the direct and indirect effects of monetary policy. 

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