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Professor Lata Gangadharan

Organisation: Department of Economics  
Title: Professor  
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Delhi University; MA Delhi School of Economics; PhD University of Southern California  

Lata Gangadharan obtained her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Southern California. She is an experimental economist and her research encompasses both 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 also 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 is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics  and Agricultural Economics.




Curriculum Vitae


Office: Clayton Campus
Room E959, Building 11
Monash University Vic 3800
Telephone: +61 3 9905 2345  
Fax: +61 3 9905 5476  


Teaching Commitments: ECC1000 - Principles of Microeconomics
Research Interests: Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Institutions and Development.


Selected Publications: Gangadharan, L., Erkal, N., & Nikiforakis, N. (forthcoming). Relative earnings and giving in a real-effort experiment. The American Economic Review.

Gangadharan, L., Cason, T., & Nikiforakis, N. (forthcoming) Can real-effort investments inhibit the convergence of experimental markets? International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Gangadharan, L., Cameron, L., Chaudhuri, A., & Erkal, N. (2009). Propensities to engage in and punish corrupt behavior? Experimental evidence from Australia, India, Indonesia and Singapore. Journal of Public Economics, 93(7-8), 843-851.

Gangadharan, L., Alatas, V., Cameron, L., Chaudhuri, A., & Erkal, N. (2009). Subject pool effects in a corruption experiment: A comparison of Indonesian public servants and Indonesian students. Experimental Economics, 12(1), 113-132.

Gangadharan, L., & Nemes, V. (2009). Experimental analysis of risk and uncertainty in provisioning private and public goods. Economic Inquiry, 47(1), 146-164.

Gangadharan, L., & Duke, C. (2008). Salinity in water markets: An experimental investigation of the Sunraysia salinity levy, Victoria. Ecological Economics, 68(1-2), 486-503.

Gangadharan, L., & Nemes, V. (2006). Emissions variability in tradable permit markets with imperfect enforcement and banking. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 61(2), 199-216.

Gangadharan, L., & Cason, T. (2004). Auction design for voluntary conservation programs. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 86(5), 1211-1217.

Gangadharan, L., Cason, T., & Duke, C. (2003). A laboratory study of auctions for reducing non-point source pollution. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 46(3), 446-471.

Gangadharan, L., & Cason, T. (2002). Environmental labelling and incomplete consumer information in laboratory markets. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 43(1), 113-134.