Faculty & Research

Viswanath Pingali


Viswanath (Vishy) Pingali is a faculty in the economics area at IIMA. His research interests include digital markets and healthcare. He has a PhD in economics from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, US) and MS in quantitative economics from Indian Statistical institute (Calcutta, India).


Primary Area : Economics

Secondary Area : Strategy


Email : chr-plcm@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4859

Secretary : Anjali Nair

Phone : +91-79-7152 7742

Website : Personal Website


Ph.D, Department of Economics, Northwestern University, 2007

M. A , Economics, Northwestern University, 2002

M.S, Quantitative Economics, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, 2001


  1. Firms and Markets (PGPX)
  2. Microeconomics (PGP)
  3. Game Theory and Experiments (PGPX)
  4. Game Theory and Applications (PGP)

Research Area

Applied Game Theory

Applied Econometrics

Behavioral Economics

Regulatory Economics


Academic Services

  1. Chairperson for one year full time postgraduate program in management (PGPX)
  2. Chairperson for postgraduate program in food and agribusiness management (PGP-FABM)
  3. Member of several review committees and executive committees at the institute

Professional Services

Board of Studies, BML Munjal University Business School

Board of Studies, Economics area, St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad

Nudge Committee, Central Bureau of Indirect Taxes and Customs


"Does Multiple Borrowing in Microfinance Necessarily Mean Over-Borrowing," Enterprise Development and Microfinance, 27(2), 2016 (with Ratul Lahkar and Santadarshan Sadhu)

"Expansion and Welfare in Microfinance: A Screening Model," Economic Modelling, Vol. 53, February 2016 (with Ratul Lahkar)

"The Consumer Welfare Implications of Patent Protection and Pricing in the Indian Oral Anti-Diabetic Market," Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 44, December 2015 (with Chirantan Chatterjee and Kensuke Kubo)

"Strategic Investment in Merchant Transmissions: The Impact of Capacity Utilization Rules," Energy Policy, Vol. 85, October 2015 (with Federico Boffa and Francesca Sala)

"Endowment Effect in Bundles," Studies in Microeconomics, Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2016 (with Swati Dutta and Jyoti Prasad Mukhopadhyay)

"Risk Diversification Through Multiple Group Membership in Microfinance," Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 9, 2014 (with Ratul Lahkar)

"Increasing Market Interconnection: an Analysis of the Italian Electricity Spot Market," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 28, No. 3, Pages 311 - 322, 2010 (with Federico Boffa and Davide Vannoni)

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Working Papers & Projects

"Is 2% the Solution? Experimental Evidence of the New CSR Rule in India," IIMA working paper, 2015, with Naman Desai and Arindam Tripathi (under review)

"Are Investors Ethics Agnostic?" IIMA working paper, 2015, with Saravana Jaikumar and Vineet Virmani (under review)

Brand Effect and Price Discrimination in the Video Rental Industry, IIMA Working Paper, 2012

Other Publications

"Balancing Affordability and Availability in a Drug Patent Regime," Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 41 (with Chirantan Chatterjee)

"Internet Search Engines and Two-Sided markets," Economic and Political Weekly, 53 (32): 61-66.

"The Economics of Competition Law," in Pingali (eds.) Colloquium on Competition Law in India: Perspectives, Vikalpa, 41 (2): 1 - 26. (with Shamim Mondal)

"Competition and Intellectual Property Policies in the Indian Pharmaceutical Sector," Vikalpa, 42 (2): 61 - 79. (with Shamim Mondal)

"Crocin or Paracetamol: What Should the Doctor Prescribe?" Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 41, 2013 (with Chirantan Chatterjee and Kensuke Kubo)


Demand Estimation for Natural Gas, 2013

Economic Impact Assessment of Tata Nano, 2014

An Assessment of Competition Commission of India and Its Advocacy Programs, 2019

Impact Assessment of ONGC's CSR spending, 2019

(Wrote an expert report on allegations of cartels), 2022

Expert Report on Abuse of Dominance by a Platform, 2022

Awards & Honors

2019 - SRK Distinguished PGPX Faculty Aaward

2007 - Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award