Research Interests

I am an applied economist with research interests in nexus of health, and behavioral economics. My current research focuses on how consumer health behaviors are shaped by policies, preferences, and product attributes. As a part of my post-doctoral research agenda, I apply behavioral economics approach to assess preferences for COVID-19 vaccines for children, marijuana, and tobacco products. In addition, I am also interested in behavioral economics more broadly. For example, my past research explored discrepancies between laboratory experiments and true stakeholder decisions. I tested this in the context of land conservation programs. As a research assistant, I have worked on projects focused on local food sourcing in farm-to-school programs in the United States as well as using technology in household food waste reduction.

Working Papers

Panchalingam, T. “Effects of Public Health Insurance Expansions on the Non-Healthcare Consumption of Low-income Households.” (Job Market Paper [Link])

With Michael Cooper, Ce Shang, and Yuyan Shi Behavioral Economic Relationship between Marijuana Dried Flowers and Concentrates: Evidence from Simulated Purchase Tasks (manuscript in preparation)

With Michael Cooper, Ce Shang, and Yuyan Shi Behavioral Economic Relationship between Marijuana Joints and Cigarettes: Evidence from Simulated Purchase Tasks (manuscript in preparation)

Panchalingam, T. Who Buys Portion-Controlled Sizes of Full Calorie Soda? Evidence from Scanner Data (May 3, 2021). Available at SSRN:

Academic Publications

Brooker, M. R., D’Ambrosio, J., Jones, M. M. L., Kalcic, M., King, K. W., LaBarge, G., Panchalingam, T., … & Martin, J. F. (2021). A Public-Private Partnership to Locate Fields for Implementation and Monitoring of Best Management Practices to Treat Legacy Phosphorus. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 5: 742817. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.

Panchalingam, T., Ritten, C. J., Shogren, J. F., Ehmke, M. D., Bastian, C. T., & Parkhurst, G. M. (2019). Adding realism to the Agglomeration Bonus: How endogenous land returns affect habitat fragmentation. Ecological Economics, 164, 106371. [Link]

Jones Ritten, C., Bastian, C., Shogren, J. F., Panchalingam, T., Ehmke, M. D., & Parkhurst, G. (2017). Understanding pollinator habitat conservation under current policy using economic experiments. Land, 6(3), 57. [Link]

Ehmke, M., Jones-Ritten, C., Shogren, J., & Panchalingam, T. (2015). Integrating ecological and economic considerations for pollinator habitat policy. Choices, 30 (316-2016-7771). [Link]

Work in Progress

With Yuyan Shi “US parents’ refusal and hesitancy to vaccinate their children under 16 against COVID-19.”

Panchalingam, T., and Wijesinghe, W. P. A. S. 2021 “Food Loss in Trade: A case study of South Asia using the Import Refusal Reports of the United States Food and Drug Administration.”