Sutirtha Bagchi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at VSB. He has broad interests in public finance, political economy, labor economics, and regulation. His work has analyzed the political economy of public-sector pension plans. In a recently co-authored paper in The Journal of Industrial Economics, he finds that as a result of reforms that made it easier for firms to enter the cable TV market, there were significant reductions in the price of the “Basic” tier of service with little to no change in prices of the “Expanded Basic” tier. His research into the taxicab market shows that with the advent of companies such as Uber and Lyft, taxicab medallion prices have dropped by roughly 50% in New York City and 80% in Chicago from their peak in 2013/2014 to the present day. Dr. Bagchi’s work has been discussed in such media outlets as Forbes, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. His paper examining the political economy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was profiled by Journalist’s Resource, a collaboration of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative. He has also written op-eds on the topic of public pensions in outlets like Pensions & Investments and PennLive.