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

I am on research leave in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023


Fields of Interest

Development Public Economics
Environment Experimental Economics


“Air Pollution Trade-Offs in Developing Countries: An Empirical Model of Health Effects in Goa, India,” with Sanghamitra Das, Vikram Dayal and Uma Rajarathnam, Environment and Development Economics, 2021 (Replication files)

“Electoral clientelism and vote buying,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, 2020

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


Demystifying causal inference: Public Policy Applications with R, with Vikram Dayal, Springer [forthcoming Fall 2022]

Working papers

“Leader and citizens participation for the environment: Experimental evidence from Eastern Europe,” with Tiziana Centofanti, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2nd revise & resubmit

Drain on your health: Sanitation externalities from dirty drains in Uttarakhand, India,” with Vikram Dayal and Tauhidur Rahman, Review of Development Economics, revise and resubmit

Markets For Children: International Adoptions, IVF, and U.S. Foster Care,” with Robert Innes, under revision [link to previous version]

“Demystifying causal inference: ingredients of a recipe,” with Vikram Dayal, IEG working paper

“Incentives for consumption and the return of single-use-bottles: Empirical study of the deposit return system in Germany,” with Teresa Geidel

Current projects

Democracy for Sale with Jean-Robert Tyran

Holy Cow! Religious violence, informal markets and the Indian economy, with Jitendra Singh

“Public goods, trust and tax compliance in the shadow of the Habsburg empire,” with Michael Dorsch

Let them play games! Using coordination games to elicit cultural beliefs,” with Mahendran Chokkalingam, Christophe Heintz and Mia Karabegovic

“Impact of the American opioid crisis on children,” with Dana Andersen

Other publications and contributions

Understanding our Political Nature: How to put knowledge and reason at the heart of political decision-making, lead author of the economics team report with Martina Barjaková and Michael Vlassopoulos, 2019

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

Recent and upcoming presentations

ASSA 2022 Virtual Annual Meeting (January 7- 9, 2022)

European Public Choice Society, 2022 (April 11 - 14, 2022)

Western Economic Association Conference (June 29th - July 3rd, 2022)

Jean-Robert Tyran Michael Dorsch Vikram Dayal


Central European University, Vienna

Fall 2021

Economic Analysis for Public Policy I

Winter 2022

Impact Evaluation: Policy Applications with R (Syllabus)

Advanced Impact Evaluation (Syllabus)

Institutional and Behavioral Economics (Syllabus)

Fall 2022 (on research leave)


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