Professor Ananish Chaudhuri

PhD, MA, BSc (Hons)

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Head of Department


I joined the University of Auckland in 2003. I taught at Wellesley College and Washington State University prior to this. My primary research area is experimental economics with an emphasis on the role of trust, reciprocity and altruism as well as the role of social norms in economic interactions. Earlier in my career, I also undertook theoretical and empirical work looking at incentive contracts with applications to franchising and land tenancy contracts.  For more information on my research and teaching, please visit my webpage, located here:


Research | Current

I am currently involved in a number of research projects. These include: (1) issues of gender and leadership; whether male or female bosses adopt different strategies in terms of managing personnel. (2) how different payment schemes affect productivity and learning in cognitively challenging tasks. I am also continuing work on a long-running research stream looking at cooperation in human social dilemmas. Currently, I am working on whether and to what extent altruistic peer-to-peer punishments are essential in maintaining cooperation in social dilemmas over a long horizon; and arwhether appeals to human good-will effective substitures? I recently published an edited volume which brings together a collection of articles exploring issues of cooperation in social dilemma games. You can take a look at this book here:


Invited speaker, Conference on Social Dilemma Games, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 15-16, 2015.

Invited speaker, International Conference on Public Finance, Public Economics and Public Policy, Centre for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata, India, December 11-12, 2014.

Keynote Speaker, 52nd Annual meeting of the New Zealand Association of Economists, Wellington, New Zealand, June 29 – July 1, 2011.

Keynote Speaker, International Workshop on Experimental Economics and Finance, Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE) Xiamen University - Xiamen, China, December 15-16, 2010

Recipient of the University of Auckland Business School Research Excellence Award, 2010, 2008

Special Service Award from the Council of the New Zealand Association of Economists for “outstanding work raising the quality and profile of the New Zealand Economic Papers” during my term as editor between 2007 and 2010, July, 2010.


Head of the Department of Economics, 2013 onwards

Editor-in-chief, New Zealand Economic Papers, Routledge, 2007-2010.

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Elsevier, 2011-2015.

Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, 2007 onwards.

Book Review Editor, Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, 2016 onwards.

Associate Editor, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Elsevier, 2013 onwards. (Editorial Board Member, 2009 – 2012).

Editor, GAMES - Special Issue: Experimental studies of social dilemma problems, 2015


Areas of expertise

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economic Development
  • Experimental Economics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Chaudhuri, A., Cruickshank, A., & Sbai, E. (2015). Gender differences in personnel management: Some experimental evidence. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 58, 20-32. 10.1016/j.socec.2015.06.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Erwann Sbai
  • Chaudhuri, A. (2012). Gender and corruption: A survey of the experimental evidence. In D. Serra, L. Wantchekon (Eds.) New advances in experimental research on corruption (pp. 13-49). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 10.1108/S0193-2306(2012)0000015004
  • Chaudhuri, A., & Paichayontvijit, T. (2011). Recommended play versus costly punishments in a laboratory public goods game. In K. G. Dastidar, H. Mukhopadhyay, U. B. Sinha (Eds.) Dimensions of economic theory and policy : essays for Anjan Mukherji (pp. 282-298). New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press.
  • Chaudhuri, A. (2011). Sustaining cooperation in laboratory public goods experiments: A selective survey of the literature. Experimental Economics, 14 (1), 47-83. 10.1007/s10683-010-9257-1
  • Chaudhuri, A., Alatas, V., Cameron, L. A., Gangadharan, L., & Erkal, N. (2009). Gender and Corruption: Insights from an Experimental Analysis. Southern Economic Journal, 75 (3), 663-680.
  • Chaudhuri, A., Schotter, A., & Sopher, B. (2009). Talking Ourselves to Efficiency: Coordination in Inter-Generational Minimum Effort Games with Private, Almost Common and Common Knowledge of Advice. Economic Journal, 119 (534), 91-122. 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02207.x
  • Cameron, L. A., Chaudhuri, A., Erkal, N., & Gangadharan, L. (2009). Propensities to Engage in and Punish Corrupt Behavior: Experimental Evidence from Australia, India, Indonesia and Singapore. Journal of Public Economics, 93 (78), 843-851. 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2009.03.004
  • Chaudhuri, A., Cameron, L. A., Alatas, V., Gangadharan, L., & Erkal, N. (2009). Subject pool effects in a corruption experiment: A comparison of Indonesian public servants and Indonesian students. Experimental Economics, 12 (1), 113-132.


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Level 6, Room 260-660
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

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Level 6, Room 660
New Zealand

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