Richard Sambasivam

M.P.A. Candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School, Econ Wonk, Writer


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I started this blog to examine public policy issues, create greater exposure to goings-on overseas, and, most importantly, to write more.

My interests: making economics work for U.S. foreign policy, international development, India and the American Revolution, law enforcement and crime, and making L.A. a better city.

My background: Before I came to Princeton, I worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. on issues related to monetary policy. I got my B.A. in economics at UCLA.

My volunteering: I did financial education outreach for the Board while in D.C. I taught  creative writing to wonderful 7th graders in Los Angeles.

My writing: And if all that doesn’t work out I still have my thriller novel. It follows a former human trafficking victim in the search for her kidnappers.


Published Works

(Forthcoming in The American Revolution: A World War, Smithsonian Press, November 2018) “British Global Ambitions,  Indian Identity, and the American Revolution.”

From the Fed 

Demand for Voluntary Balance Requirements: the U.S. Experience with Contractual Clearing Balances from 2000 to 2007 – January 2017

The Federal Reserve’s Portfolio and its Effect on Interest Rates – October 2016

Journal of the American Revolution

What Do Bond Prices Tell Us About the Early Republic? – August 2016, in the JAR Annual Volume 2017

The Tiger Aids the Eaglet: How India Secured America’s Independence – April 2016, in the JAR Annual Volume 2017

Creative Writing

The Chelsea Fix, Finalist for the 2017 Killer Nashville Claymore Award

“A New Day,” Finalist for Boulevard Boulevard Magazine’s 2015 Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

My favorite Comment Chamber pieces:

So, How Bad Is It? | December 2017

Make Hollywood Great Again? | February 2017

Good Luck Putting Up Those Walls | December 2016

The Grass Is Greener | August 2016