Economists

Staff Economists

 

Kartik Athreya

My research interests are in macroeconomics and consumer finance. My current interests include the roles of asymmetric information for credit allocation over the life cycle, student loan guarantees for inequality, and labor supply for household risk management.

 

Professional Experience

Kartik Athreya is group vice president for microeconomics and research communications in the Research Department. Athreya's work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and other academic journals. He is also an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. Recently, Athreya taught a doctoral course at the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed in 2000, Athreya worked at Citibank in New York City.

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2000
B.S., Iowa State University, 1993

Curriculum vitae
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"A Quantitative Theory of Information and Unsecured Credit" (with Xuan Tam and Eric Young). American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 4, no. 3 (July 2012): 153-183.

"Credit and Self-Employment" (with Ahmet Akyol). Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 35, no. 3 (March 2011): 363-385.

"Self-Employment Rates and Business Size: The Roles of Occupational Choice and Credit Market Frictions" (with Ahmet Akyol). Annals of Finance 5, no. 3-4 (June 2009): 495-519.

"Unsecured Credit Markets Are Not Insurance Markets" (with Xuan S. Tam and Eric R. Young). Journal of Monetary Economics 56, no. 1 (January 2009): 83-103.

"Default, Insurance, and Debt over the Life-Cycle." Journal of Monetary Economics 55, no. 4 (May 2008): 752-774.

"Fresh Start or Head Start? Uniform Bankruptcy Exemptions and Welfare." Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 30, no. 11 (November 2006): 2051-2079.

"Unsecured Debt with Public Insurance: From Bad to Worse" (with Nicole B. Simpson). Journal of Monetary Economics 53, no. 4 (May 2006): 797-825.

"Risky Higher Education and Subsidies" (with Ahmet Akyol). Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 29, no. 6 (June 2005): 979-1023.

"Welfare Implications of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1999." Journal of Monetary Economics 49, no. 8 (November 2002): 1567-1595.

“Coordination and the Case for a Fresh Start” (with Borghan N. Narajabad).

“How Equal Does the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Make Us?” (with Xuan S. Tam and Eric R. Young).

“The Private Equity Premium is Not Puzzling” (with Ahmet Akyol).

“Self-Employment Rates and Business Size: The Roles of Occupational Choice and Financial Frictions” (with Ahmet Akyol). Working paper, York University, June 5, 2008.

“Unsecured Credit and Self-Employment” (with Ahmet Akyol). Working paper, York University, April 28, 2008.

“Does Rising Income Risk Lead to Better Risk Sharing?” (with Xuan S. Tam and Eric R. Young). Working paper, University of Virginia, April 6, 2008.

“A Quantitative Theory of Information and Unsecured Credit” (with Xuan S. Tam and Eric R. Young). Working paper, University of Virginia, November 1, 2007.

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