Research

Working Papers                                                                                                                                  
  1. "Exponential Growth Bias in the Prediction of COVID-19 Spread and Economic Expectation" with Priyama Majumdar (University of Warwick)
    • IZA Working Paper | Slides
    • Three line summary:
      • We conduct an MTurk experiment to show that exponential growth bias is associated with optimistic economic expectations
      • We show using four treatments that behaviorally informed policies can help decrease exponential growth bias 
      • A decrease in exponential growth bias is causally associated with rationalizing economic expectation
  2. "Anti-Tax Evasion, Anti-Corruption and Public Good Provision: An Experimental Analysis of Policy Spillovers" with Amadou Boly (African Development Bank) and Robert Gillanders (City University of Dublin)
  3. "Exponential-growth prediction bias and compliance with safety measures in the times of COVID-19" with Priyama Majumdar (IIM Bangalore) and Joydeep Bhattacharya (Iowa State University). Revision Requested at Social Science and Medicine. [Media Coverage: BBC]
    • arXiv Paper
    • Three-line summary: 
      • We conduct an Amazon MTurk-based global experiment to show that exponential-growth prediction bias (EGPB) helps understand why the COVID-19 outbreak has exploded.
      • We find that individuals exhibit substantial EGPB, which predicts markedly reduced compliance with the WHO-recommended safety measures.
      • A simple behavioral nudge which shows prior data in terms of raw numbers, as opposed to a graph, causally reduces EGPB.
  4. "Do workers discriminate against their out-group employers? Evidence from an online labor market" with Sher Afghan Asad (Iowa State University) and Joydeep Bhattacharya (Iowa State University)
  5. "Just another cost of doing business? Experimental Evidence of a Lack of Distaste for Corruption" with Amadou Boly (African Development Bank, Ivory Coast), Robert Gillanders (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Published Papers
  1. "Feedback Spillovers Across Tasks, Self-Confidence and Competitiveness" with Nabanita Datta Gupta and Marie Claire VillevalGames and Economic Behavior, vol(123): 127:170, 2020.
  2. "On the interpretation of World Values Survey trust question - global expectations vs. local beliefs". European Journal of Political Economy, vol(55): 491-510, 2018.
  3. "Predicting food price inflation through online prices in India", with Nished Singhal and Chetan Subramanian. Economic and Political Weekly, vol 53(23): 132-135, 2018.
  4. "On monetary and non-monetary interventions to combat corruption" with Arnab MitraJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol 149, 332-355, 2018. 
  5. "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, 2018.
  6. "Corruption, Norm Violation and the Decay in Social Capital", Journal of Public Economics, Vol 137, 14-27, May 2016.
  7. "On the Interpretation of bribery in laboratory corruption games: moral frames and social norms"  Experimental Economics, vol 19(1), pages 240-267,  March 2016.
  8. "Social Norms regarding bribing in India: An experimental analysis" with Tushi Baul and Tanya Rosenblat, Journal of Contextual Economics, 2016. 
  9. "Awareness programs and change in taste-based caste prejudice" with Nabanita Datta Gupta. PLoS One  10(4): e0118546.  April 2015.  
  10. "On self selection of the corrupt into the public sector" with  Tushi Baul and Tanya Rosenblat. Economics Letters, vol 127, Pages 43-46, February 2015.  
  11. "An evaluation of the revenue side as a source of fiscal consolidation in high debt economies" Journal of Economic Studies, 2014.  
  12. "Linking Teacher and Student Absenteeism - The Role of shared goods in reducing Absenteeism" with Elizabeth M. King, Peter Orazem, Elizabeth M. Paterno. Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 563-574,  2012.   
Case Writing 
Work in Progress
  • "Social identity, taste bias and under-provisioning of public good" with Anujit Chakraborty (UC Davis), Ashokankur Datta (Shiv Nadar University) and Arka Roy Chaudhuri (Shiv Nadar University)
  • "Social recognition and gender differences in low promotability jobs" with Priyoma Mustafi (University of Pittsburgh)