Kailash Khandke (Ph.D., University of California Davis, 1993) has been with the economics department at Furman since 1995.  His teaching interests include macroeconomic theory, international trade, money and banking, and economic growth theory.

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 was the recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching in 2007. His recent research interests have been in the areas of Asian economics, and electoral political cycles.  He has worked with and supervised a number of student research projects through the Economics Department's Hollingsworth summer research programs over the years. ​ 

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Exploring Econ w Song Lyrics

Introductory exploration of economic concepts and ideas such as poverty, conspicuous consumption, money and wealth, taxes, through song lyrics. The course will require students to explore genres of music including folk, country, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, that make reference to the economy or economic theories and ideas. Emphasis of the course is on in-class presentations, library research of economic concepts, and writing assignments that capture the nexus between chosen lyrics/songs and economic ideas and theories. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


Introduction to Economics

Introduction to the essential concepts of economic analysis and implications for public policy. Emphasis on examining the operation of markets in both a macro and micro setting. Topics include: inflation, unemployment and monetary policy as well as consumer behavior, the operation of business firms, and supply and demand. Offerings at other institutions are not typically considered equivalent to this course unless they provide thorough coverage of topics introduced in both macro and microeconomics.


Asian Economics

Examination of the development records of Asian economies, notably Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Some attention directed to the newly emerging economies of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China and India. A broad economic perspective and simple economic models are used to examine institutional changes, industrial policies and the role of government and the private sector in these economies.


International Trade Theory

Introduction to international trade theory and policy. A microeconomic perspective of trade models detailing causes and benefits of trade between nations. Consideration of relationship between trade and economic growth and development. Discussion and examination of the effects of exchange rates in trade, roles of trade institutions and the political economy of trade agreements.


Intermediate Macroeconomics

Focuses on short and long run macroeconomic models. Analysis of monetary and fiscal policies and their effectiveness in targeting aggregate measures of unemployment and inflation under closed and open economy regimes.


Senior Seminar in Economics

Capstone course for economics majors. Reading and analysis of selected topics. Research, data analysis and writing of selected topics. Presentation of student research in oral forum.


Economics, History, Hamilton

Exploring the work of one of the United States founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Initially, the popular Broadway musical, 'Hamilton the Revolution' will be used to facilitate exploratory research, in particular, Hamilton's lasting contributions in the financial institutions arena.

  • Economies of Asia Pacific, chapter in an edited volume, "Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific", Lynne Rienner Publishers
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2006-07, Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching
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