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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: https://sites.google.com/site/latagangadharan1/home

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, ScienceEuropean Economic Review, Nature Communications, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management among others. She is currently Co-Editor at Experimental Economics, and an Associate editor at several journals such as Economic Inquiry and the Journal of Economic Psychology.


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

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Projects 2010 2021

Research Output 1998 2019

Taxation, redistribution, and observability in social dilemmas

Brent, D. A., Gangadharan, L., Mihut, A. & Villeval, M. C., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Public Economic Theory. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Monetary and non-monetary incentives in real-effort tournaments

Erkal, N., Gangadharan, L. & Koh, B. H., 1 Jan 2018, In : European Economic Review. 101, p. 528-545 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Paternalistic giving: restricting recipient choice

Gangadharan, L., Grossman, P. J., Jones, K. & Leister, C. M., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 151, p. 143-170 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The effect of social norms on bribe offers

Abbink, K., Freidin, E., Gangadharan, L. & Moro, R., 1 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. 34, 3, p. 457-474 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review