Alok Bohara


Dr. Alok K. Bohara is a Full Professor of Economics and the founding director of the Nepal Study Center at the University of New Mexico (UNM).  He has a Masters degree in Statistics and taught at Tribhuvan University, Nepal.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in economics (1986).  After spending a year at CU as a visitor, he joined UNM in 1987. He is a senior research fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.  His research focus is in the areas of environment, (global) health, and development, and the state of the art econometric methods and application in both primary and secondary data.  He has published close to ninety peer-reviewed papers in the US and European journals.  He has mentored several PhD students with a successful placement in both academic and non-academic positions.  He has worked on various projects funded by the National Science Foundation. 

Research Interests 

My research expertise has a wide applicability in behavioral analysis (and health outcome), with or without the spatial component. For example, at the community level, I am interested in looking at the intervention policies such as micro health insurance, smart stove, solid waste management, new technology and health education and assess its impact on the health care usage, health outcome, and certain practices and behavior (water treatment).  My technical skill is well-equipped to deal with a large scale health care related modeling, and policy simulation at the national level.

Recent Accomplishments 

Justin Tevie,  Alok K. Bohara, and R. Burciaga Valdez, “ Examination of the Geographic Variation in Human West Nile Virus: A Spatial Filtering Approach,” Epidemiology and Infection, (Submitted July 2013, R&R, December 2013; Accepted January 2014)

Price, James I. and Alok K. Bohara, “Maternal Healthcare Amid Political Unrest: The Effects of Political Violence on Antenatal Care Utilization in Nepal,” Journal of Health Policy and Planning, 2012, pp. 1-11
Katuwal, Hari and Alok K. Bohara, “Coping with Poor Water Supplies: Empirical Evidence from Kathmandu, Nepal,” Journal of Water and Health, 2011, Vol 9 No 1 pp 143–158
Halim, Nafisa, Xiomin Ruan, and Alok K. Bohara, “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children: Does Mothers Demand for Antenatal Care Matter for Child Health in Nepal?,” Health Policy and Planning, Vol. 26. Issue 3, May 2011, pp. 242- 256.
Jenkins-Smith, Hank, C. Silva, R. Berrens, Alok K. Bohara, “Information Disclosure Requirements and the Effects of Soil Contamination on Property Value,” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 45 (3), 2002, pp. 323-339.