Anand Murugesan


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Anand Murugesan
Assistant Professor of Economics

School of Public Policy
Central European University, Vienna
B-112, Quellenstraße 51, 1100 Wien
Phone: +36 1 327 3000 x 2054


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

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

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, revised & resubmitted)

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

Leader and citizens participation for the environment: Experimental evidence from communities in Eastern Europe (w/ T. Centofanti, under review)

Markets For Children: International Adoptions, IVF, and U.S. Foster Care (w/ R. Innes, revising)

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

Current Projects

Democracy for sale (w/ J-R. Tyran)

Holy Cow! The effects of cow-related lynchings in India (w/ J. Singh)

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

History, trust in institutions and behavior (w/ M. Dorsch)

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

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.

Links to recent collaborators

Tiziana Centofanti Vikram Dayal Christophe Heintz Robert Innes Jean-Robert Tyran


Central European University, Vienna

Economic Analysis for Public Policy (w/ L. Bokros & M. Dorsch), Fall 2020
Data 1: Statistics for Executives (w/ A. Reguly), Summer 2020

Past courses

Central European University, Vienna
Data and Development, Winter 2020
Institutional and Behavioral Economics, Winter 2020

Central European University, Budapest
Economic Analysis for Public Policy (w/ C. Brown & M. Dorsch), Fall 2019
Economic Analysis for Public Policy II, Winter 2019
Economic Analysis for Public Policy I, Fall 2017
Cognitive Science and Policy Making (w/ C. Heintz), Fall 2017 and Winter 2019
Poverty, Health and Development, Winter 2016 and Spring 2017
Economic Analysis (w/ M. Dorsch), Fall 2015 and Winter 2017
Consumer and Producer Behavior, Winter 2017
Quantitative Methods (w/ A. Diamond), Fall 2016
Institutions, Culture and Economic Development, Winter 2016 and 2019

University of California, Merced
Statistical Inference, Spring 2015
Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Summer 2014
Econometrics Lab, Fall 2013 & 2014, Spring 2014 & 2015


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

Born 1980, 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