\ Krishna Pendakur, Economics, Simon Fraser University

Krishna Pendakur
Professor of Economics
4655 West Mall Complex
Department of Economics
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA
V5A 1S6
phone:     (778) 782-5501
fax:          (778) 782-5944
email:      pendakur@sfu.ca

My Teaching (this century)

Course Year-Trimester
ECON 836: Applied Econometrics 2004-1, 2005-1, 2006-1, 2007-1, 2008-1, 2009-1, 2010-1, 2011-1, 2012-1,2013-1
ECON 104: Economics and Government 2004-3, 2005-3, 2006-3, 2007-1, 2007-3, 2008-3, 2009-3, 2011-3, 2012-3
BUEC 333: Econometrics 2010-3

My Research Interests
I am interested in three major areas of empirical research:  (1) the measurement of well-being, poverty, discrimination and economic inequality; (2) the estimation of consumer demand; (3) semi-parametric and non-parametric econometrics.  These three strands of research dovetail nicely with my overall agenda of trying to make life better for poor people by better documenting the trials they face in economic life.  My life-goals are sort of "old lefty": help the poor, redistribute income, create a society where everyone has the chance to be happy.

My Administrative Work
I was Co-Director of Metropolis British Columbia (MBC), Center of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Diversity from 2007 to 2013. It was an interdisciplinary policy research center which connected approximately 100 academic researchers with more than 100 policy-interested people in government and NGO communities. We engaged in the support of research, training and dissemination of knowledge with total funding of $500,000 per year from the 9 Federal Departments, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of British Columbia, and our host universities, SFU and UBC. Have a look at our website , which is now permanently hosted by UBC.

My News

Workshop on the Economics of Poverty

Workshop on the Economics of Homelessness

Open Letter from Metropolis Centers on proposed Census revisions.

presentation on Census revisions.

Munir Sheikh, former Chief Statistician of Canada, on Good Data and Intelligent Government.

Available Now! A Teacher's Guide on Homelessness

My Graduate Students
Mykyhaylo Salnykov (Spring 2008): see his webpage; Cheryl Fu (Fall 2008); Ben Harris .

Course Resources

ECON 104

BUEC 333

ECON 836

Research Papers

My publication list is also in my full CV.


Sam Norris and Krishna Pendakur, 2015, "Consumption Inequality in Canada 1997-2009", Canadian Journal of Economics, forthcoming.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur, 2015, "The Colour of Money Redux", forthcoming in Li and Teixiera (eds), Economic and Housing Experience of Immigrants, McGill Queens University Press.

and slides.

Sam Norris and Krishna Pendakur, 2015.  "Imputing Rent in Consumption Measures, with an Application to Poverty in Canada, 1997-2009", forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Economics, 48(2) (May 2015).

Javdani, Mohsen and Krishna Pendakur, 2014, "Fiscal Effects of Immigrants", forthcoming, Journal of Integration and International Migration, November 2014, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 777-797.

Menon, Martina, Krishna Pendakur and Federico Perali, 2012, "On the Expenditure-Dependence of Resource Shares", Economics Letters 117 (2012), pp. 739-742.

Crawford, Ian and Krishna Pendakur, 2013.  "How Many Types Are There?", Economic Journal, Volume 123, Issue 567, pages 77-95.

Dunbar, Geoffrey, Arthur Lewbel and Krishna Pendakur, 2013  "Children's Resources in Collective Households : Identification, Estimation and an Application to Child Poverty in Malawi" , American Economic Review, 103.1 (2013): 438-471..

Donaldson, David and Krishna Pendakur, 2012  "Index Number Tests and the Common-Scaling Cost of Living Index, Social Choice and Welfare, March 2012, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 407-429.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur; 2011.  "Aboriginal Incomes in Canada 1995-2005", Canadian Public Policy, 37(1) pp 61-83.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur; 2011.  "Colour by Numbers: Minority Earnings", Journal of International Migration and Integration, August 2011, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 305-329 .

Pendakur, Krishna, Michael Scholz and Stefan Sperlich, 2010, Semiparametric Indirect Utility and Consumer Demand", Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Volume 54, Issue 11, 1 November 2010, Pages 2763-2775.

Crossley, Thomas F. and Krishna Pendakur, 2010,  "The Common-Scaling Social Cost of Living Index", Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, October 1, 2010, 28(4): 523-538.

Haag, Berthold, Stefan Hoderlein and Krishna Pendakur, 2009, "Testing and Imposing Slutsky Symmetry in Nonparametric Demand Systems", Journal of Econometrics 153 (2009) pp. 33-50.

Pendakur, Krishna, 2009, "EASI Made Easier", in Quantifying Consumer Preferences, (Contributions in Economic Analysis Series), edited by D. Slottje, London: Emerald Group Publishing, pp 179-206.

Lewbel, Arthur and Krishna Pendakur, 2009, "Tricks with Hicks: The EASI Demand System.", American Economic Review, 99(3): 827-63.

Jacks, David and Krishna Pendakur, 2010, "Global Trade and the Maritime Transport Revolution", Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2010, Vol. 92, No. 4, Pages 745-755.

Pendakur, Krishna, Ravi Pendakur and Simon Woodcock; 2008.  "A Representation Index: Measuring the Representation of Minorities in Income Distributions", Berkeley Electronic Journal for Economic Analysis and Policy: ADVANCES

Pendakur, Krishna and Stefan Sperlich, 2010, Semiparametric Estimation of Demand Systems in Real Expenditure", Journal of Applied Econometrics, Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 420.457, April/May 2010.

Lewbel, Arthur and Krishna Pendakur, 2008, "Estimation of Collective Household Models with Engel Curves", Journal of Econometrics, Dec. 2008, 147, 350-358.

Pendakur, Krishna and Simon Woodcock, 2010 "Glass Ceilings or Glass Doors: Wage Disparity Within and Between Firms", Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Jan 2010, Vol. 28, No. 1: pp. 181-189..

Lewbel, Arthur and Krishna Pendakur, 2007 "New Palgrave (2nd Edition) entry on Equivalence Scales".

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur, 2007, "Colour My World", reprinted in "Interrrogating Race and Racism", Vijay Agnew (ed), University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur; 2007.  "Minority Earnings Disparity Across the Distribution", forthcoming, Canadian Public Policy

Allen, Douglas W., Krishna Pendakur and Wing Suen.  2006.  "No-Fault Divorce and the Compression of Marriage Ages", Economic Inquiry, Vol 44, No 3.

Donaldson, David and Krishna Pendakur, 2006, "The Identification of Fixed Costs From Consumer Behaviour", Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 24(3) pp 255-265.

Donaldson, David and Krishna Pendakur.  2005.  Children's Goods and Expenditure-Dependent Equivalence Scales, Journal of Public Economics .

Pendakur, Krishna.  2005.  "Semiparametric Estimation of Lifetime Child Costs". Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2005, pp. 487-507.

Crossley, Thomas and Krishna Pendakur.  2003.  "Consumption Inequality". in Green, David (ed) Dimensions of Inequality in Canada, forthcoming.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur.  2002.  "Colour My World: Has the Minority-Majority Earnings Gaps Changed Over Time?" Canadian Public Policy December 2002, 28(4), pages 489-512.

Donaldson, David and Krishna Pendakur.  2004.  Equivalent Expenditure Functions and Expenditure-Dependent Equivalence Scales, Journal of Public Economics, 88(1-2) pp 175-208.

Pendakur, Krishna.  2001.  "Consumption Poverty in Canada 1969 to 1998", Canadian Public Policy, June 2001, 27(2) pages 125-149.

Pendakur, Krishna.  2001.  "Taking Prices Seriously in the Measurement of Inequality", Journal of Public Economics, October 2002, 86(1), pp47-69..

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur.  2002.  "Speaking in Tongues: Language Knowledge as Human Capital and Ethnicity" International Migration Review, Spring 2002, 36 (1), 147-178.

Pendakur, Krishna.  1999.  "Estimates and Tests of Base-Independent Equivalence Scales", Journal of Econometrics 88(1), pp 1-40.

Blundell, Richard, Alan Duncan and Krishna Pendakur.  1998.  "Semiparametric Estimation of Consumer Demand", Journal of Applied Econometrics 13, pp 435-461.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur.  1998.  The Colour of Money: Earnings Differentials Across Ethnic Groups in Canada , Canadian Journal of Economics 31(3), pp 518-548.

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur.  1998.  Speak and Ye Shall Receive: Language Knowledge as Human Capital, in Economic Approaches to Language and Bilingualism (ed)
Albert Breton, Ottawa, Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Pendakur, Krishna.  1998.  Changes in Canadian Family Income and Family Consumption Inequality Between 1978 and 1992, Review of Income and Wealth 44(2), pp 259-283.

Barrett, Garry and Krishna Pendakur.  1995.  Asymptotic Distributions for the Generalised Gini Family of Inequality and Welfare Indices, Canadian Journal of Economics 28(4b), pp 1043-

Working Papers

Lewbel, Arthur and Krishna Pendakur, 2014, "Generalised Random Coefficients", under review, Journal of Political Economy

Bevelander, Pieter, Krishna Pendakur and Ravi Pendakur, 2014, Are Residential and Workplace Concentration Correlated for Immigrants?.

Additional Papers

Pendakur, Krishna, 2005,  "Visible Minorities in Canada's Workplaces".

Pendakur, Krishna, 2005,  "Visible Minorities and Aboriginals in Vancouver's Labour Market".

Pendakur, Krishna and Ravi Pendakur; 2005.  "Ethnic Identity and the Labour Market".

Eaton, B. Curtis, Krishna Pendakur and Clyde Reed.  2006. "Socializing, Shared Experience and Popular Culture".