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 and Democracy Institute

Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies Vienna (Insights Austria)

Here is a link to my CV

I am on research leave in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. I am a Senior Fellow at the IAS Vienna (Behavioral economics group) and a research affiliate at the Democracy Institute, Budapest during this time.


Fields of Interest

Development Public Economics
Environment Experimental Economics

Current projects

The (soft) power to tax: Compliance and Tax Morale as Imperial Legacy, with Michael Dorsch

Valuing Democracy, with Jean-Robert Tyran

Vigilantism, markets and social costs, with Jitendra Singh

Let them play games! Experimental methods to elicit social norms, with Mahendran Chokkalingam, Christophe Heintz and Mia Karabegovic

The sticky self and the icky other! Using coordination games to elicit self-image signals, with C. Heintz and M. Karabegovic

Comparing the response variance between the many-to-one and one-to-one norm elicitation method, with C. Heintz

Give or Take: Experimental examination of bribery vs. extortion, with Robert Innes

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


“Leader and citizens participation for the environment: Experimental evidence from Eastern Europe,” with Tiziana Centofanti, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, October 2022 Replication files on Mendeley Data

Drain on your health: Sanitation externalities from dirty drains in India,” with Vikram Dayal and Tauhidur Rahman, Review of Development Economics, November 2022 Replication files on Mendeley Data

“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, June 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 Spring 2023]

Working papers

Markets For Children: International Adoptions, IVF, and U.S. Foster Care,” with Robert Innes, submitted

“Cash for votes,” Elgar Encyclopedia of Public Choice with Jean-Robert Tyran, forthcoming

“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

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 / research visits

European ESA Conference (August 31 - September 3, 2022)

Democracy Institute Budapest research seminar (September 26, 2022)

Wirtschafts Universität Wien seminar series (October 11, 2022)

Università Bocconi (November 14 - 18, 2022)

Center for Development Studies, India (December 4 - 14, 2022)

European Public Choice Society 2023 (March 22 - 25, 2023)

Western Economic Association 2023 (July 2nd - 6th, 2023)

Vikram Dayal Michael Dorsch
Robert Innes Jean-Robert Tyran


Central European University, Vienna

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 (on research leave)

Winter 2023

Impact Evaluation: Policy Applications with R (Syllabus)

Advanced Impact Evaluation (Syllabus)

Economic Analysis for Public Policy II (Syllabus)


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

Various and sundry

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.

You can find some pictures of fieldwork on our Greening the Margin project. Here is my sketch of a bestselling book my daughter recommended I read and I recommend you do; it’s a short read.

And a dated picture of traditional seed sowing on my parents’ farm in Tamil Nadu, India (on the left) and me breaking traditions (on the right).

“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