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Rashesh Shrestha


Rashesh Shrestha is an Economist with research interests in labor markets, economic development, and human capital investment. At ERIA, he conducts academic research and leads policy-oriented research projects on a wide range of themes including human capital, education, global value chains, trade facilitation, regulatory management system, and financial inclusion. Prior to joining ERIA, he was an Associate Lecturer at the Australian National University. He earned his PhD from the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is originally from Nepal.


  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Asian Economies



PhD in Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison


BA in Economics
Colgate University

Professional Experience


Associate Lecturer
Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Australian National University

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Reports, book reviews, and book chapters 

Working Papers

  • Edward Aspinall, Paul Kenny, and Rashesh Shrestha (2019). “Oil palm expansion and conflict in Indonesia.”
  • Vinish Shrestha & Rashesh Shrestha. "The Combined Role of Subsidy and Awareness in Uptake of Stigmatized Products." (under review)
  • Shrestha, Rashesh & Samuel Nursamsu. “Financial inclusion and household outcomes in Indonesia.”
  • Shrestha, Rashesh, Ha Doan, & Samuel Nursamsu. “Imported intermediate goods and employment”
  • Shrestha, Rashesh & Daniel Suryadarma. “Education and productivity in ASEAN countries.”

Publications in popular press

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