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Research HighlightsThe Department of Economic Sciences has 14 permanent faculty members with research and teaching interests that covers a broad range of fields. Apart from having strength in traditional areas like microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics; the department has expertise in agricultural economics, Bayesian econometrics, behavioral economics, development economics, efficiency and productivity analysis, environmental economics, financial economics, health economics, industrial economics, international trade, labor economics, law and economics, optimization theory, political economy and public policy.

The department primarily offers three degrees in economics: 4 year B.S., 1 year M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics. Admission for the 38 seats (per year) in the B.S. program is through the advanced joint entrance examination (JEE). B.S. students who satisfy certain eligibility criterion can opt for a 1 year M.S. program in Economics. There is also a provision for dual degree for undergraduate students of IITK. The entry to the Ph.D. program is through a written test and a viva exam conducted once at the beginning of each academic year.

The department's administrative office is located in Room 622 of the Faculty Building, IITK academic area.

Latest News


  • Society for Economic Research in India (SERI) Annual Conference (2019) is hosted by the Department of Economic Sciences, IIT Kanpur. Please see the scheduled program for details.

  • Institute Lecture by Professor Debraj Ray, on 12th July 2019 in L16 between 6:15 - 7:15 pm.

  • Applications invited for Walk-in PhD admission.

  • One-week Q.I.P. workshop on "Financial Time-Series Modelling in R: FinMODE-2018", 24th-28th September 2018, in collaboration with Indian Econometric Society (TIES), organized by Wasim Ahmad.

  • Prof. Wasim Ahmad has been awarded the "RBI Faculty Scholarship for Members from Academic Institutions: 2018".

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Events/Seminar Corner


  • Title: India’s Choice: Brazil or China? The Story of the Theatre of Development and India’s Future Place
    Speaker: Rathin Roy, NIPFP
    Date: August 19th, 2019; Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am; Venue: FB 620

  • Title: Neo-Dualism: Accumulation, Distress and Proliferation of a Fissured Informality
    Speaker: Saumya Chakrabarti, Visva-Bharati
    Date: August 14th, 2019; Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Venue: FB 620

  • Title: Political Economy of Identity Formation: Theory and Evidence from India
    Speaker: Anirban Mukherjee, Calcutta University
    Date: August 5th, 2019; Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Venue: FB 620

  • Title: Similarity, Difference, and Social Conflict
    Speaker: Debraj Ray, New York University
    Date: July 12th, 2019; Time: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm; Venue: LH 16

  • Title: Racing to Collusion: Implications for Monitoring and Incentive Contracts for Loan Officers under multiple-bank Lending
    Speaker: Prabal Roy Chowdhury, ISI Delhi
    Date: May 14th, 2019; Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon; Venue: FB 567

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Recent Publications


  • Nirola, N. and Sahu, S. (2019), The Interactive Impact of Government Size and Quality of Institutions on Economic Growth – Evidence from the States of India, Heliyon, 5(3), Article No 1352.
  • Saakshi, Sahu, S., and S. Chattopadhyay. (2019), Epidemiology of Inflation Expectations and Internet Search: An Analysis for India, Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, (Forthcoming)
  • Frijters, P., Islam, A. and Pakrashi, D. and Lalji, C. (2019), Roommate Effects in Health Outcomes, Health Economics (Accepted).
  • Frijters, P., Islam, A. and Pakrashi, D. (2019), "Heterogeneity in Peer Effects in Random Dormitory Assignment in a Developing country," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (Accepted).
  • Lyngdoh, G. A., Rahman, M.A., and Mishra, S.K. (2019), "Bayesian Updating of Structural Model with a Conditionally Heteroscedastic Error Distribution," Journal of Engineering Mechanics-ASCE (Accepted).

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