Lata Gangadharan

Lata Gangadharan is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Monash University. She obtained her PhD in 1998 from the University of Southern California. She is an experimental economist and her research encompasses both experiments in markets and auction design and experiments on social preferences. Her research in the area of environmental economics has direct relevance to formulating policies for improving environmental quality locally as well as globally. She has also designed experiments to understand attitudes towards corruption, design appropriate institutions for credit provision in developing countries and measure trust and trustworthiness between individuals in economic transactions. She is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Agricultural Economics  and Agricultural Economics.

Content by Lata Gangadharan
  • Blog post

    Citizens’ trust in local politicians and implications for good governance

    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...

    10 Jun 2015 | Lata Gangadharan, Tarun Jain, Pushkar Maitra, Joseph Vecci

  • Publication - Working Paper

    The behavioral response to women’s empowerment programs (Working Paper)

    1 Dec 2014 | Lata Gangadharan, Tarun Jain, Pushkar Maitra, Joseph Vecci

  • Project

    Community Driven Development and Elite Capture

    Community driven development (CDD) has long been thought of as an effective method of service delivery for the provision of public goods. Development practitioners have argued that engaging the community in development projects will create a closer connection between those who distribute public services and its intended beneficiaries. However, as with markets and...

    1 Nov 2013 | Lata Gangadharan

  • Project

    Impact of Elite Capture on the Provision of Public Services

    The rural sector of India while accounting for almost 70% of India’s population has benefitted considerably less from the high economic growth the country has experienced over the last two decades. It has been argued that this is driven by weak delivery of basic services to rural areas. Despite large expenditures in rural development, a centralized bureaucracy with low...

    1 Nov 2013 | Lata Gangadharan, Pushkar Maitra, Tarun Jain, Joseph Vecci