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Lata Gangadharan
Monash University
Lata Gangadharan is a Professor of Economics at Monash University in Australia. She is an experimental economist whose research interests are in understanding and designing appropriate institutions for the environment and for development.  In recent years she has conducted experiments to understand: varying propensity for corruption, appropriate institutions for credit provision in developing countries, trust and trustworthiness between individuals in economic transactions, charitable giving and selection into labour market programmes in developing countries. Her work has been funded by the Australian Research Council and by grants from AusAID. Some of her recent work has been published in the American Economic Review, Science, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and American Journal of Agricultural Economics. More information about her research is available at the following website:

Articles By Lata Gangadharan
Citizens’ trust in local politicians and implications for good governance
Posted On: 10 Jun 2015

Topics:   Political Economy

The new state of Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014, after a prolonged movement by the people of Telangana region for a separate state. Based on field experiments among citizens in the two successor states, this column finds greater trust in politicians in Andhra relative to Telangana, which may facilitate effective functioning of the State and signal citizens’ expectations from the government.
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Women leaders and deceptive behaviour
Posted On: 29 Jan 2015

Are women in leadership positions more dishonest than men? Based on an artefactual field experiment in rural Bihar, this column finds that women in leadership positions deceive more than men, especially in villages that have previously experienced a female village chief. It suggests that simply reserving seats in village councils for women may not necessarily lead to better outcomes for villagers or women.
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Choosing to be trained: Behavioural restrictions on participation decisions
Posted On: 02 Sep 2013

Topics:   Jobs
Tags:   training

Widespread unemployment has prompted policymakers to consider introduction of various training programmes that can help workers accumulate additional skills to obtain new jobs and/ or retain current ones. However, these programmes can only help if targeted individuals take up such opportunities. This column argues that participation in short-term skill-building courses is not just limited by economic factors but is also influenced by intrinsic characteristics such as attitudes towards risk and competition.
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