Welcome !            

 I am an Assistant Professor at the Economics area in Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Currently, I am on leave from IIM Bangalore and I am visiting UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland. 

My research interest lies at the intersection between Development Economics and Behavioral Economics. In general, I look at economic issues, particularly all the bad things that women and men do, through the lenses of psychology. Perhaps aptly, my PhD thesis was titled "Economics of Misbehavior". My current work explores the behavioral antecedents of free riding in volunteering and low promotability jobs, race and caste based discrimination, unethical behavior, among other things. Currently, I am also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany. In case you are visiting Bangalore, or India for that matter, drop me a line. We will be happy to have you over for a talk.

Three recent publications of mine are: 
  1. "On the interpretation of World Values Survey trust question - global expectations vs. local beliefs"European Journal of Political Economy, vol(55): 491-510, 2018.
  2. "On monetary and non-monetary interventions to combat corruption", with Arnab Mitra. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol 149, 332-355, 2018
  3. "The spillover effects of affirmative action on competitiveness and unethical behavior", with Nabanita Datta Gupta and Marie Claire Villeval. European Economic Review, Vol 101, 567-604, January 2018.                               
Among other recent developments:
  1. Priyoma Mustafi, who had been working with me as an Academic Associate for two years, has joined the PhD program at University of Pittsburgh. 
  2. I have been awarded the Fulbright Nehru Fellowship for a visit to UC Berkeley. 
  3. Anujit Chakraborty, Ashokankur Datta, Arka Roy Chaudhuri and I have been awarded a research grant of 41,542 GBP by the IGC.
Also plagued with other interests. Most notably food, folk music, subcontinental history and politics. And travel of course. Here is my co-traveller.