Dr. Ananish Chaudhuri's Home Page

Dr. Ananish Chaudhuri's Home Page

Personal Information


Welcome to my page. I am Professor of Experimental Economics and currently the Head of the Department of Economics at The University of Auckland, in the beautiful city of Auckland, in New Zealand. Here is a little bit of information about me. You can look at my Curriculum Vitae if you are interested.

For those interested in my research, here are my published and unpublished Research Papers. You can download copies of my papers in PDF format from this page if you are interested. If you are interested in getting hold of the data for any of my papers, please send me an e-mail.

In July 2010, I was awarded the University of Auckland Business School's Research Excellence Award for research performance during the preceding annual year (2009). Here is the citation for the award.

In December 2008, I was awarded the University of Auckland Business School's Sustained Research Excellence Award for research performance over the preceding decade. Here is the citation for the award.

I maintain a popular page on Experimental Economics in case you are interested in finding out what experimental economics is all about.

I have been sucessful in my class-room teaching enjoying high student evaluation ratings. You can take a look at my Teaching Evaluations from past semesters if you are curious.


Slides from recent talks meant for a wider audience

Below, I provide the PDF slides from some of my recent talks meant for a wider audience, since people often ask me for these. If you want the original powerpoint slides or the actual charts from some of these talks please feel free to email me.

[1] Keynote speech at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Association of Economists, June 30, 2011, Wellington, NZ: Governing the commons: swords or covenants?.

[2] Fairness, trust and economics, a talk given as part of the "Great Minds and Big Ideas at the University of Auckland" lecture series, May 14, 2011.

[3] In December 2010, I delivered one of the keynote addresses "Sustaining cooperation in laboratory public goods games: a seletive survey of the literature" at the International Workshop in Experimental Economics and Finance organized by the Wang Yanan Institure for Studies in Economics (WISE) at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China.

[4] On Friday, August 20, 2010, I delievered my Inaugural Professorial Lecture Experiments in Economics: Playing Fair with Money" in the Decima Glenn Room of the Owen G Glenn Building. Here are the PDF slides from the talk that I gave. The references to books and articles I mentioned appear at the very end.



Most recent book

My book Experiments in Economics: Playing Fair with Money was published by Routledge in January 2009. This book provides an easy to follow guide to economic experiments and specifically those that explore notions of fairness, altruism and trust in economic transactions and how findings in the field can change the way we approach a variety of economic problems such as pricing by firms, written contracts between parties, making voluntary contributions to charity or the provision of micro-credit to small entrepreneurs. The book draws examples from literature, history and the real world, including issues in environmental and development economics. Assuming no prior knowledge of economics, this book should appeal to a general audience as well as undergraduates studying experimental economics, microeconomics or game theory. The book should also be of interest to students and practitioners in social psychology, organizational behaviour, management and other business related disciplines. The book has received endorsements from a number of leading scholars in the area.

You can buy a copy of the book from Amazon by clicking here.


The book has received extremely favourable reviews in the Journal of Economic Literature (It is the second review in the list; please scroll down the page to see the review), as well as in the Journal of Economic Pscychology.

In the Journal of Economic Literature, David J. Cooper of Florida State University wrote:

What this book is perfect for is giving interested readers who are not professional economists a flavor of what experimental economics does and why it is important. It is the book I gave my mother when she wanted to understand what I was always babbling about (she loved it!)...

Giovanna Devetag of the University of Perugia writing for the Journal of Economic Psychology says:

The book is fun to read, well written, and different kinds of readers may find it useful: the professional reader can obtain a broad-brush picture of the state of the art in a very lively area of behavioral game theory, getting some idea about the most interesting controversies on the sources of human cooperation. The curious, untrained reader can learn how norm-based behavior may affect economic outcomes and the functioning of important economic institutions such as firms and markets; and, finally, the experimental economist may find this book to be both a valid didactic support when teaching an experimental course to novices (examples may include first year Economics undergraduates, master students in business schools, and students of majors other than Economics) and the perfect gift to get friends, relatives, and colleagues from other departments acquainted with her/his field of research. The most important merit of the book is definitely the author’s attempt at making experimental research (and its many interesting implications) available to a more general public, which is essential, I believe, in filling the gap between academics within the social sciences and society at large.

Popular Writing

I frequently contribute articles to newspapers including the New Zealand Herald and the Sunday Star Times. To see some of my articles in the popular press go to the Popular Writings Page. However versions of most of these articles as well as other writings can also be found on my blog The Second Groove.


Professional Activities

Between 2007 and 2010, I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Economic Papers which is published by the leading publishing house Taylor and Francis on behalf of the New Zealand Association of Economists. Please go to the journal's website for information about the journal's aims and scopes and about how to submit a paper to the journal. The NZEP is a fully peer-reviewed, high quality, internationally recognized general interest journal that welcomes papers in all areas of economics. The journal is rated "B" by the Australian Business Deans' Council.

I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Psychology, which is a leading journal in the area of economic psychology and experimental and behavioural economics. The Journal of Economic Psychology has an impact factor of 1.47 and is ranked 51st out of 245 journals in Economics according to the 2009 ISI-Web of Science Journal Citation Reports.
I am also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, which is a leading and highly regarded journal in experimental economics. The journal has an impact factor of 0.9 and a five year impact factor of 1.3.

I am a member of the Associate Editor of the Journal of Socio-Economics, which is a high quality scholarly journal published by Elsevier. Between 2009 and 2012 I was a member of the journal's editorial board.

I sometimes serve as an ad hoc Guest Editor of the Experimental Economics, which is the leading field journal in the area and is published by Springer.

I organized the First Summer Workshop in Experimental Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Auckland Business School on January 16 and 17, 2008. The workshop featured Professor Andrew Schotter of New York University as the keynote speaker and had presenters from different universities in New Zealand and Australia. For more information on this workshop please go to the webpage for the workshop.

I am also involved with the Asia-Pacific chapter of the Economic Science Association and have been a member of the oranizing committee of a number of recent meetings The next meeting of the Asia-Pacific ESA will be held in Xiamen University in Xiamen, China. Here is the website for the conference.

Personal Links

Paul Krugman's Home Page Ernst Fehr's Home Page Andrew Schotter's Home Page
Colin Camerer's Home Page Economic Science Association New Zealand Association of Economists
Presidency College, Calcutta Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Rutgers University, New Brunwick, NJ

Media Links

The New York Times The Times of India The Statesman of Calcutta
Samachar.Com The Hindu The Indian Express
The New Zealand Herald CricInfo The Telegraph of Calcutta
Bartaman Anandabazar Huffington Post

If you wish to get in touch with me, you can a.chaudhuri@auckland.ac.nz

Last updated on July 15, 2011.