He joined Middlebury economics department in 1985. He has also served as chair of the department. He was a Research Associate in economics at the State University of New York-Binghamton, NY during the academic years 1989-1992. During the academic year 1999-2000 he was a Visiting Scholar/Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
He was trained under a noted labor economist Solomon Polachek of State University of New York-Binghamton, and received a Ph.D. in economics in 1986. His fields of interest are applied econometrics and labor economics. Wunnava received his Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce degrees from the Andhra University (India), Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts degrees in economics from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Wunnava's articles appeared in wide range of scholarly journals (such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Labor Research, Economics Letters, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Eastern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Applied Financial Economics, Applied Economics Letters, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Small Business Economics, Economics of Education Review, American Economist, Journal of Business and Economic Studies, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Forensic Economics, The Empirical Economics Letters, International Journal of Applied Economics, Review of International Economics, Technology and Investment, African Finance Journal, and Empirical Economics) covering the areas of life-cycle union non-union wage/benefit differentials, firm size effects, gender and racial wage differentials, efficiency wage models, charitable contributions towards higher education, disincentive effects of unemployment insurance, infant mortality, effect of net foreign investment on manufacturing productivity, time-series properties of the north American unemployment rates and Asian stock markets, the effect of political regimes on economic growth, fertility determinants, determinants of internet diffusion, the economics of optimal currency area, and the effect of financial liberalization on the migration of high skilled labor. He routinely serves as a referee for a number of scholarly journals.
He also co-edited New Approaches to Economic and Social Analyses of Discrimination (with Richard R. Cornwall) Praeger 1991, Immigrants and Immigration Policy: Individual Skills, Family Ties, and Group Identities (with Harriet Duleep) JAI Press 1996 , and Changing Role of Unions: New Forms of Representation, M. E. Sharpe 2004 -- has been recognized by the Industrial Relations Section of Princeton University as one of the twelve Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics for 2004.
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