Santanu Roy


Professor and Department Chair
University Distinguished Professor



Phone: 214-768-2714
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Cornell University


Dr. Santanu Roy is a microeconomic theorist with research interests in the areas of industrial organization, information economics, natural resources, international trade and economic growth. He grew up in the state of Assam in north eastern India and studied at the University of Delhi before receiving his doctorate at Cornell University. Prior to joining SMU in 2003, he taught at Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Florida International University (Miami, FL).

One strand of his research focuses on markets and institutions where economic agents interact under incomplete information; problems studied include dynamic trading under asymmetric information, signaling and strategic communication of private information in oligopolies, regulation of  information communication, and dynamic charitable fundraising under incomplete information. A second strand of research focuses on dynamic incentives and resource allocation over time; in particular, I have worked on problems of sustaining positive consumption under uncertainty, economic growth in the presence of technological non-convexities, extinction and conservation of renewable resources, control and eradication of invasive species and deforestation. He has also studied the dynamics of industry structure and technological change and issues related to strategic trade policy and trade agreements. His current research topics include transparency and repeated sales under asymmetric information, signaling product quality in vertical structures and global stability in the stochastic growth model.

At SMU, Dr. Roy has given distinguished service. He has been the Department Chair since 2014 and before that served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics from 2006 to 2014. In 2013-14, he served as President of the Faculty Senate and a member of the SMU Board of Trustees. In 2015 he became a Dedman Distinguished Family Professor after being awarded the 2014 Distinguished University Citizen Award. He held a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship in 2006.

Beyond SMU, he became a Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Economics and Business Administration (RIEB) at Kobe University, Japan, in 2013 and has been a Research Fellow at the Tinbergen Institute Rotterdam, The Netherlands, since 1997 as well as an Honorary Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, since 1997.


Microeconomic Theory and Applications, Industrial Organization, Dynamic Models, Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment, Applied Game Theory, International Trade and Policy



Microeconomic Theory (PhD), Industrial Organization (PhD), Mathematics for Economics (PhD)