Anand Murugesan


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Anand Murugesan
Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Public Policy
Central European University, Vienna
C-403, Quellenstraße 51, 1100 Wien
Phone: +43.1.25230.2054 Twitter: @tapasiva


Affiliate Faculty: Social Mind Center

Here is a link to my CV


Fields of Interest

Development Public Economics
Experimental Behavioral Economics

Forthcoming/Submitted/Working Papers

Air Pollution Trade-Offs in Developing Countries: An Empirical Model of Health Effects in Goa, India (w/ S. Das, V. Dayal and R. Uma, Environment and Development Economics, forthcoming) (Replication files)

Electoral clientelism and vote buying (Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, 2020)

Leader and citizens participation for the environment: Experimental evidence from communities in Eastern Europe (w/ T. Centofanti, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, r & r)

Drain on your health: Sanitation externalities from dirty drains in Uttarakhand, India (w/ V. Dayal and T. Rahman, under review)

Markets For Children: International Adoptions, IVF, and U.S. Foster Care (w/ R. Innes, under revision [link to previous version])

Demystifying causal inference: ingredients of a recipe (w/ V. Dayal, IEG working paper)

Current Projects

Cash-for-votes (w/ J-R. Tyran)

Holy Cow! Religious violence, informal markets and the Indian economy (w/ J. Singh)

The long shadow of imperial rule on compliance behavior (w/ M. Dorsch)

Let them play games! Using coordination games to elicit beliefs (w/ M. Chokkalingam, C. Heintz and M. Karabegovic)

Impact of the US opioid crisis on children (w/ D. Andersen)

Incentives for consumption and the return of single-use-bottles: Empirical study of the deposit return system in Germany (w/ Geidel, T., under review)

Other publications and contributions

Understanding our Political Nature: How to put knowledge and reason at the heart of political decision-making (2019, contributed to this JRC report as the lead author of the economics team)

Frisvold, George and Anand Murugesan (2013), “Use of Weather Information for Agricultural Decision Making,” Weather, Climate and Society, 5, January Issue, 55-69.

Murugesan, Anand, Vikram Dayal, and Saurabh Chugh (2008), “An Empirical Study of Sanitation and Health in Rural Uttarakhand, India,” International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics, Winter 2008, Vol. 10, 91-99.

Recent and upcoming presentations

Delhi Political Economy Workshop Series, Summer 2021

ASSA 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting

Vikram Dayal Michael Dorsch Christophe Heintz Jean-Robert Tyran


Central European University, Vienna

Fall 2021

Economic Analysis for Public Policy I

Winter 2022

Impact Evaluation: Policy Applications with R

Advanced Impact Evaluation

Institutional and Behavioral Economics


PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
B.Com., Bangalore University (St. Joseph’s College)

Born 1980, Bangalore, Indian citizenship

My brother’s work on the effect of angular momentum in the formation of galaxies and; recent work examining the interactive effect of angular momentum and gravitation in the formation of celestial bodies

Some pictures of field-work on our Greening the Margin project

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.” - Richard Feynman at Caltech, 1974