Faculty Profile

Ranjan Shrestha

Ranjan Shrestha

Assistant Professor

Office: Liberal Arts 405
Email: ranjan.shrestha@mso.umt.edu

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae


ECNS 202: Principles of Macroeconomics

ECNS 302: Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECNS 310: Health Economics

ECNS 312: Labor Economics

ECNS 450: Advanced Topics in Development Economics

Personal Summary

Ranjan Shrestha is a development economist whose research focuses on health and development policies, especially in Indonesia. He joined the University of Montana in 2007 after completing his PhD from the Ohio State University. He teaches principles and intermediate macroeconomics, health economics, labor economics, and advanced development economics. 


Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2007

M.A., Ohio State University, 2002

M.A., Miami University, 2001

B.A., Miami University, 2000

Research Interests

My research areas are in the fields of development, labor and demographic, and health economics with a focus on evaluating health policies in developing countries.  I am currently working on evaluating the social protection programs in Indonesia using the Indonesian Family Life Survey, a large longitudinal survey that has tracked over 7000 households over time. 

Field of Study

 Development Economics; Labor and Demographic Economics; Health Economics


The Village Midwife Program and Infant Mortality in Indonesia, 2010, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 46 (2), p. 193-211

Working Papers

“Health Insurance for the Poor, Health Care Utilization, and Health Outcomes in Indonesia” Under review

“Family Planning and the Mortality Risk of Children in Indonesia” Under review

“The Mistargeting and Regressive Take Up of the Indonesian Rice Subsidy Program” (with Elan Satriawan) Under review

Work in Progress

"The Impact of Centralized Targeting on Household Participation in the Indonesian Social Protection Programs." (with Elan Satriawan)

"Does the Raskin Rice Subsidy Program Stabilize Market Rice Prices?" (with Elan Satriawan) 

Home Department

Department of Economics

Area of Expertise

Development Economics; Health Economics; Labor and Demographic Economics

Professional Experience

Visiting Scholar, National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K), Office of the Vice President, Jakarta, Indonesia, Summer 2015/2016

Visiting Scholar, SMERU Research Institute, Jakarta, Indonesia, Summer 2014

Visiting Professor, Academic Leader Program, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico, April 2014

Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI), Australian National University, 2009 - 2013

Visiting Fellow, Center for Population and Policy Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Summer 2009

Visiting Fellow, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI), Australian National University, Summer 2008