Amlan Mitra, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Economics

Amlan Mitra


Amlan Mitra, Ph.D. is a Professor of Business Economics. His research focuses on economic impact analysis, public policy, transportation and economic development.

Research Overview

Interests: Economic Analysis; Public Finance; Transportation & Economic Development. Grants/Projects:

1) Housing Affordability & Income Mobility

2) Visualization/Simulation to Improve Measurements of Economics Impacts of Transportation Network Systems.

3) Estimation of Economic Impacts of Freight Disruptions

4) Economic Impacts of the TDL Industry

I enjoy cooking and travel!

Select Publications

  • Mitra, A (2023). “Economic Impacts of the Robotics Technology on Remote Greenhouse Farming in Northwest Indiana,” 59th MBAA International Conference Proceedings, Academy of Business Economics Track, 2023.
  • Mitra, A, T. Kroon & J. Schwartz (2022). “Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Educational Outcomes of High School Students,” 58th MBAA Conference Proceedings, Academy of Business Economics.
  • Mitra, A & T. Kroon (2021). “Income Inequality and Educational Outcomes,” 57th MBAA Conference Proceedings, Academy of Business Economics.
  • Mitra, A (2019). “Understanding the Socioeconomic and Demographic Factors Impacting Public Policy in Northwest Indiana.” Paper presented at the 77th Annual MPSA Conference, Chicago, April 4-7, 2019 (with Tesa Hines).

Teaching Focus

  • ECON 31100: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 32200: Economics of Public Policy
  • ECON 36000: Econometrics
  • ECON 36200: Health Economics
  • ECON 41900: Managerial Economics
  • ECON 42200: Public Finance and Taxation
  • ECON 46200: Economics of Health Care
  • ECON 51300: Economic Theory

Previous Roles

  • Chair, Academic Program Peer Review Committee (2020-2021)
  • Chair, Outstanding Scholar Award Committee (2008 – 2009)
  • Chair, PUC Research Board (2007 – 2008)
  • University Strategic Planning Committee (2007 – 2008)
  • Area Leader, Policy Planning & Economic Development, Purdue Water Institute (1999 – 2003)

Recent Grants/Proposals

  • “Homeownership and Housing Affordability in Northwest Indiana,” ($11,600), 2022 PNW Catalyst Grant.
  • “Visualization and Simulation to Improve Measurements of Economics Impacts of Disruptions of Transportation Network Systems,” ($12,000) 2020 PNW Catalyst Grant.
  • “Problem-Based Learning through Simulation and Visualization of Transportation Disruptions and Economics Impacts,” ($600,000), Grant Proposal Submitted to National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator).
  • “Methodologies and Measurements of Urban Freight Resiliency Under Emerging Next Normal,” ($600,000), RNS, Urban Freight Transportation Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, September 2021.
Amlan Mitra


(219) 989-2313

Office Location:

Hammond Campus, Classroom Office Building (CLO), Room 248


  • Ph.D. – Economics, Northern Illinois University (Major: Public Finance)
  • M.U.R.P. – Urban & Regional Planning, Virginia Tech (Major: Urban & Regional Policy)
  • M.A. – Economics, Virginia Tech (Major: Public Finance)
  • M.S. – Economics, University of Calcutta (Major: Agricultural Economics)
  • B.S. – Economics, University of Calcutta

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • Environmental Management
  • Public Finance and Policy
  • Transportation and Economic Development

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Chancellor’s Second Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award
  • Member, Executive Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Sciences
  • Faculty Associate, NEXTRANS Regional Transportation Center
  • Faculty Associate, Transportation & Logistics Research, Purdue University

Curriculum Vitae