Kailash Khandke

Kailash Khandke

Frederick W. Symmes Professor of Economics

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Kailash Khandke (Ph.D., University of California Davis, 1993) joined the economics faculty in 1995. His research interests include voting behavior with a focus of macroeconomic electoral cyclical behavior. His research also includes development and trade issues as they relate to Asia. Dr. Khandke’s teaching includes International Trade, Macroeconomic Theory, Growth Economics, and Introduction to Economics.

Prior to joining Furman, he was a visiting assistant professor at Santa Clara University (Calif.) and at Middlebury College (Vt.). In 2005, he was appointed chair of the Implementation Task Force and Steering Committee for Furman's transition to its new calendar and curriculum. He served as the university’s Assistant Academic Dean for Study Away & International Education from 2007-2015. Professor Khandke is a recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching, awarded in 2007. He has worked with and supervised a number of student research projects through the Economics Department's Hollingsworth summer research programs. In college, Dr. Khandke discovered economics through a chance encounter with books written by Robert Heilbroner and Paul Samuelson. Outside of Furman, Dr. Khandke enjoys playing golf and tennis, travel, and cooking/experimenting with different types of cuisine.


  • 2006-07, Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • M.A., University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Xavier's College University of Bombay, India


  • Economies of Asia Pacific, chapter in an edited volume, "Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific", Lynne Rienner Publishers 2021.
  • Competition in Economics, in Competition: A Multidisciplinary Analysis, Wade B. Worthen, A. Scott Henderson, Paul R. Rasmussen, and T. Lloyd Benson, eds. Boston: Sense Publishers, 2009, (Co-authored with Nathan Cook).
  • The Case for Asian Economics in the Liberal Arts Curriculum, ASIANetwork Exchange, Volume 11, No.1, Fall 2003, Page 23-26.
  • Political Business Cycles: A Review and Reexamination, International Advances in Economic Research, August 2002, Volume 8, Number 3.
  • The Tangency Requirement Between Average Revenue and Average Cost Curves, Atlantic Economic Journal (AEJ), June 2002, Volume 30, No. 2 (Co-authored with Ken Peterson).
  • From Rhythm 'n Blues to Broadway: Using Music to Teach Economics, Journal of Economic Education, Summer 2000, Volume 31, Number 3, Page 253-270.
  • Voting Behavior in the Indian Economy: A Cross-section and Panel Data Approach, Politics, Administration and Change, July-Dec 1997, Pages 1-14.
  • Mr. Keynes, the Multiplier and the Balanced Budget, Atlantic Economic Journal, March 1998, Volume 26, Number 1.
  • Economics: An Honors Companion,  New Haven, 1995, Maxi/Irwin Press.  (Co-authors: Sunder Ramaswamy, David Colander and Jenifer Gamber).