Anirudh Tagat

Anirudh Tagat is currently a Consultant Research Analyst at the RBI Endowment Unit at IRMA. His research interests are in behavioural and experimental economics (in particular the role of culture and context in decision-making), contract economics (in particular how information asymmetry affects commitment mechanisms), and household behaviour in rural India. Anirudh has a Master’s in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK.
For more information, please visit:
Academia profile
ResearchGate profile
The Altruistic Economist, Anirudh’s economics blog.

Past Research and Experience:

Anirudh has previously worked with EMBARQ India, the World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport in India. During his stint at EMBARQ, Anirudh studied the intermediate public transport (IPT) sector of auto-rickshaws and taxis, with special focus on understanding road safety implications.
At the University of Warwick, Anirudh conducted a theoretical study of a specialised model of moral hazard in teams for his dissertation. This paper hypothesized the relationship between impacted team productivity as a result of ‘familiarity’ among team members and the decision to keep the team together in the presence of moral hazard (hidden actions).

Past research:
Samkit Khatadia, Anand Srinivas, and Anirudh Tagat, ‘The Emergence of Bhutan as an Education Hub in South-east Asia: An Analysis’; EOSTRE Volume IV, March 2013. Delhi School of Economics.
Anirudh Tagat, ‘In Division: A Study of Grouping and Moral Hazard in Teams’; University of Warwick MSc Economics Dissertation, September 2012.
Rushikesh Kulkarni and Anirudh Tagat, ‘Media Campaign for Rural Development’; presented at the International Conference for Microfinance (ICOMFI) 2010, Pondichery University.

Current Research:
At the RBI Endowment Unit, Anirudh is involved with the planning and execution of the proposed Economic Profile of Rural Households in India (EPRI) survey of 2013, which is currently at the pre-testing stage. The core area of research will aim to analyse a potential gender-gap created (e.g. through empowerment in household decision-making and political participation) by participating in MGNREGS work programs. He will also be studying the long term relationship between income inequality and growth using panel data for the past rounds of surveys concerning rural households (such as the Additional Rural Incomes Survey [ARIS] and Rural Economic and Demography Survey [REDS]). Anirudh hopes to bring some insights from behavioural economics to the study of rural development, as well as considerably improve his current understanding of issues in the area.


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