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Lata Gangadharan is a Professor in the Department of Economics. For more information about her research please go to the following website:

Lata obtained her PhD in 1998 from the University of Southern California. She is an experimental economist and her research encompasses experiments in markets and auction design, and experiments on social preferences.

Her research in the area of environmental economics has direct relevance to formulating policies for improving environmental quality locally as well as globally. She has designed experiments to understand attitudes towards corruption, design appropriate institutions for credit provision in developing countries and measure trust and trustworthiness between individuals in economic transactions.

She has published extensively in reputed journals such as the American Economic Review, Science, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management among others. She is currently an associate editor for Agricultural Economics (the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists).

Lata's research interests include experimental economics, environmental economics, institutions and development.


  • Economic Experiments
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Social Preferences
  • Development

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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 2000 2017

Behavioral insights from field experiments in environmental economics

Brent, D. A., Friesen, L., Gangadharan, L. & Leibbrandt, A. 2017 In : International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. 10, 2, p. 95-143 49 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Editors’ note regarding citations of other work

Cooper, D. J., Gangadharan, L. & Noussair, C. 1 Mar 2017 In : Experimental Economics. 20, 1, p. 276-277 2 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewEditorial

Peer punishment promotes enforcement of bad social norms

Abbink, K., Gangadharan, L., Handfield, T. & Thrasher, J. 1 Dec 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 1, 8 p., 609

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Repayment and exclusion in a microfinance experiment

Baland, J-M., Gangadharan, L., Maitra, P. & Somanathan, R. 1 May 2017 In : Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 137, p. 176-190 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle