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Chandra, Siddharth


Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room N360
East Lansing, MI 48825


Professor Siddharth Chandra's research interests include behavior and policy relating to addictive substances, the intersection of economics, health, and history in Asia, and applications of portfolio theory to fields outside finance, for which the theory was originally developed. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his research, which has appeared or will appear in a variety of journals including Emerging Infectious Diseases, Demography, Population Studies, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Tobacco Control, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Journal of Research in Personality, the Journal of Regional Science, Land Economics, the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, World Politics, and The British Journal of Political Science . At James Madison College, he teaches a senior seminar titled “Drug policy from Asia to America,” in which students learn about different approaches to drug policy in Asia and the USA. He is also Director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, one of only two centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education as an all-Asia National Resource Center.

Professor Chandra received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, his A.M. (Ph.D. pass) in economics from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. (with honors) in economics from Brandeis University. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he was Director of the Asian Studies Center and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.


See Siddharth Chandra's website for updated publications and research.
Chandra, Siddharth, Yan-Liang Yu and Vinay Bihani. 2016. “How MDMA flows across the USA: evidence from price data,” Global Crime, DOI: 10.1080/17440572.2016.1179632.
Chandra, Siddharth and Yan-liang Yu. 2015. "Fertility Decline and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Taiwan," Biodemography and Social Biology, in press.
Chandra, Siddharth and Madhur Chandra. 2015. "Do Consumers Substitute Opium for Hashish? An Economic Analysis of Simultaneous Cannabinoid and Opiate Consumption in a Legal Regime," Drug and Alcohol Dependence 156: 170-75.
Siddharth Chandra, with JMC alumnus John Joba, published “Transnational Cocaine and Heroin Flow Networks in Western Europe: A Comparison,” International Journal of Drug Policy, in press (2015). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395915001279

Siddharth Chandra and Yan-liang Yu (2015) published “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Subsequent Birth Deficit in Japan,” Demographic Research, in press.

Siddharth Chandra and Eva Kassens-Noor (2014) published “The evolution of pandemic influenza: evidence from India, 1918–19,” BMC Infectious Diseases 14:510  

Siddharth Chandra has published research that could lead to better drug enforcement with use of a new cocaine tracking system. Madison grads (students at the time) Samuel Peters and Nathaniel Zimmer assisted with the research. Other sources of news on the subject:

Siddharth Chandra and Nita Rudra. 2015. "Reassessing the Links between Regime Type and Economic Performance: Why Some Authoritarian Regimes Show Stable Growth and Others Do Not," British Journal of Political Science 45(2): 253-85.

Siddharth Chandra and Dilshani Sarathchandra. 2014: "The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Sri Lanka: its Demographic Cost, Timing, and Propagation," Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 8(3): 267-83. 

Siddharth Chandra, with JMC alumni Samuel Peters and Nathaniel Zimmer, (2014) published "How powdered cocaine flows across the USA: Evidence from open-source price data," Journal of Drug Issues 44(4): 344-61.

Professor Chandra presented "Regional Aspects of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Java" at the Pacific Conference of the Regional Science Association International and the Indonesian Regional Science Association in Bandung, Indonesia, on July 3, 2013.

Professor Chandra gave a "Tonan Talk" at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan on March 18, 2013, "Demographic and geographic aspects of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 in Indonesia."

Professor Siddharth Chandra published "Deaths Associated with Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19, Japan.". Emerging Infectious Diseases(2013) 19(4). Ahead of print.

Siddharth Chandra published, with Eva Kassens-Noor, Goran Kuljanin and Joshua Vertalka (2013), "A geographic analysis of population density thresholds in the influenza pandemic of 1918-19." International Journal of Health Geographics 12:9 doi:10.1186/1476-072X-12-9

Chandra, Siddharth. 2013. "Mortality from the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 in Indonesia."Population Studies. Published online: January 23, 2013.

Professor Siddharth Chandra published, with Matthew Barkell (IR '10), 2012, "What the price data tell us about heroin flows across Europe" International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Professor Chandra delivered a plenary lecture at the annual conference of the Indonesian Regional Science Association in Banjarmasin, Indonesia, in July 2012: "A New Surveillance Method for Tracking Interregional Flows of Illegal Commodities."

Professor Siddharth Chandra published, with Goran Kuljanin and Jennifer Wray, 2012 "Mortality From the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: The Case of India," Demography, 49(3): 857-865.

Professor Siddharth Chandra published, with Deborah Scharf and Saul Shiffman, 2011, “Within-Day Temporal Patterns of Smoking, Withdrawal Symptoms, and Craving.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 117(2):118-25. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871611000561

Professor Siddharth Chandra published, with Joe Gitchell and Saul Shiffman, 2011, “Seasonality in Sales of Nicotine Replacement Therapies: Patterns and Implications for Tobacco Control.” Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 13(5):395-8. http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/5/395.abstract

Professor Siddharth Chandra published, 2011, "The Opium Trade" in Dale Southerton, ed. Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture. London: Sage. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book235518

Professor Siddharth Chandra published, with Matthew Barkell and Kelley Steffen, 2011, “Inferring Cocaine Flows from Price Data: Evidence from the World Drug Report.” Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, 4(1). http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jdpa.2011.4.1/jdpa.2011.4.1.1029/jdpa.2011.4.1.1029.xml

Professor Chandra presented “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918: New Findings from India and Indonesia” in March at UC Berkeley.

Professor Chandra presented a research project in March 2012 titled "A New Surveillance Method for International and Domestic Drug Trafficking" at the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.