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29 August, 2019 | 4m read


Daksh Walia, a second year undergraduate student of Economics at Ashoka University, has won the first prize in Stiglitz Essay Competition in the undergraduate category for his work “The Meritocratic Myth: Merit in a World Characterized by Inequality of Opportunity”. This is a prize instituted by the International Economic Association (IEA) and the competition is held at a global level. He will be presented this award at the World Congress of the IEA in July 2020, to be held at Bali, Indonesia. (The essay is available here)

The Department of Economics at Ashoka University invites you to apply to attend a Graduate Workshop in Empirical Methods in Macroeconomics to be held during 21-22 March, and 28-29 March at Ashoka University. This workshop is open to all Masters and PhD students. For more details, click here.

Ashoka University, Haryana and The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), New York are coming together to launch Hikmat – Lectures in Economics. The inaugural Hikmat lecture will be given by Prof. Oliver Hart, the co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics, on January 23, 2020 at 6.30 pm-8pm in the Multipurpose Hall, Kamala Devi Complex, IIC, Delhi, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi. Oliver Hart is currently the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1993. He is the 2016 co-recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Finance Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, President of the American Law and Economics Association and a Vice President of the American Economic Association. RSVP: hikmatinindia@gmail.com. 


The Department of Economics at Ashoka University will host its 3rd Annual Economics Conference from December 14-16, 2019. The conference has five sessions spread across three days. Each session has three papers along a particular theme. The thematic areas include Experimental Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Governance, Macroeconomics, and Economic Theory. On the first day we have an exciting conversation on the topic “Behavioral Economics: (Re?)Thinking Pedagogy, Praxis, and Policy Making” between Sanjit Dhami from University of Leicester and Abhinash Borah from our department. The full conference program is available here

Aishwarya Kekre, a student of the Masters in Economics programme at Ashoka University, presented her post-graduate dissertation submitted to Ashoka University, at the Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society (AMES) 2019 . The conference was held at Xiamen University, China from 14th-16th June 2019 and is one of the most prestigious regional conferences organized by the International Econometric Society.

The Department of Economics at Ashoka University is organizing a workshop on Community Networks and Institutions on April 12, 2019. For more details about the workshop program click here

The Department of Economics at Ashoka University is organizing a public lecture by Prof Kaivan Munshi, Cambridge University, on April 8 at 6.30 p.m. at India International Centre. He will be speaking on the relationship between sex-selection in India and marriage market institutions in the context of economic development. For more details about the event click here

Abhinav Verma, a fourth year student of undergraduate Economics programme, was awarded the best prize in the “Informal Economy in South Asia” category, and the Mahbub ul Haq – Amartya Sen Award for the best paper at the 15th South Asia Economics Students Meet held in Colombo. The meet had undergraduate students from all South Asian countries present research papers at the annual conference across ten themes. Abhinav’s paper, empirically investigates the relationship between formal and informal sector manufacturing in India.


The Department of Economics at Ashoka University is organizing its 2nd Annual Economics Conference from December 14-16, 2018. This conference aims to bring together researchers working in different fields of economics. The broad areas around which the sessions are organized include Public Policy, Economic Theory, Topics in Applied Microeconomics, Political Economy, and Macroeconomics. For more details and program schedule visit the conference website. [Click here

The Department of Economics is organizing a Macroeconomics workshop on November 9, 2018. The workshop aims to discuss questions from different areas of macroeconomics such as monetary economics, international economics, labor economics, and economic growth. Researchers from various institutions would present their work in 45 min long talks. The detailed programme will be available on the workshop’s website. [Click here]

The Economics department, in collaboration with the Computer Science department at Ashoka University is organizing a two day workshop to be held from October 5-6. For workshop details click here.

A new research society, Behavior, Incentives and Design (BID), has been formed. It provides a forum for faculty and students to engage with recent developments in the field of decision making as well as study more closely the ramifications of these developments on questions of incentives and the design of institutions. BID’s goal is to have a meaningful dialogue between theory, experiments and applications in this area. Members of BID (aka BIDders) meet once every week for a reading group. 

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