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Prof. Viswanath Pingali



Educational Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Department of Economics, Northwestern University, 2007
  • M. A. (Economics), Northwestern University, 2002
  • M.S. (Quantitative Economics), Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, 2001

Academic Affiliation


Professional Affiliation




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

Area of Research:

  • Applied Game Theory 
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Regulatory Economics 
  • Pharmaceuticals

Current Research:

  • "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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. "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)
  2. "Risk Diversification Through Multiple Group Membership in Microfinance," Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 9, 2014 (with Ratul Lahkar)
  3. "Strategic Investment in Merchant Transmissions: The Impact of Capacity Utilization Rules," Energy Policy, Vol. 85, October 2015 (with Federico Boffa and Francesca Sala)
  4. "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)
  5. "Expansion and Welfare in Microfinance: A Screening Model," Economic Modelling, Vol. 53, February 2016  (with Ratul Lahkar)
  6. "Does Multiple Borrowing in Microfinance Necessarily Mean Over-Borrowing," Enterprise Development and Microfinance, forthcoming (with Ratul Lahkar and Santadarshan Sadhu) Working paper version
  7. "Endowment Effect in Bundles," Studies in Microeconomics, Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2016 (with Swati Dutta and Jyoti Prasad Mukhopadhyay)

Other Publications:

  1. "Crocin or Paracetamol: What Should the Doctor Prescribe?" Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVII, No. 41, 2013 (with Chirantan Chatterjee and Kensuke Kubo)
  2. "Balancing Affordability and Availability in a Drug Patent Regime," Economic and Political Weekly,  Vol. 50, No. 41 (with Chirantan Chatterjee)
  3. "Competition and Intellectual Property Policies in the Indian Pharmaceutical Sector," Vikalpa, 42 (2): 61 - 79.  (with Shamim Mondal)
  4. "The Economics of Competition Law," in Pingali (eds.) Colloquium on Competition Law in India: Perspectives, Vikalpa, 41 (2): 1 - 26. (with Shamim Mondal)
  5. "Internet Search Engines and Two-Sided markets," Economic and Political Weekly, 53 (32): 61-66.


  1. Demand Estimation for GSPC Gas (2013)
  2. Economic Impact Assessment of Tata Nano (2014)
  3. An Assessment of Competition Commission of India and Its Advocacy Programs (2019)
  4. Impact Assessment of ONGC's CSR spending (on going)

Awards & Honors

Year Awards & Honors
2019 SRK Distinguished PGPX Faculty Aaward




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