Local Coordinator


Prof. P.G. Babu is a Professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) and has held Adam Smith Chair Guest Professorship in Philosophy and Economics at University of Bayreuth, Germany. He visits the Institutes of Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg and the Erasmus University at Rotterdam, and coordinates the Law and Economics Program at IGIDR, which is a part of the Erasmus Mundus Consortium on European Masters and Doctoral Programs in Law and Economics. His Ph.D. is from Indian Institute of Science and has taught as visiting faculty at several institutions including IIM Ahmedabad and Madras School of Economics. His research interests include Microeconomic Theory with applications to Environment, Natural Resources and Law, Non-cooperative Game theory with applications to market design protocols such as bargaining, auctions, matching, and Information Economics. At IGIDR, he has organized several capacity building workshops in Law and Economics, apart from various specialized conferences and workshops on topics such as Social Norms and Institutional Structures, Peace Science and Game Theory.

Teaching Staff


Prof. Jayati Sarkar is Associate Professor in Economics at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, USA. Her field of specialization is Institutional Economics and her current research interests are in corporate ownership and governance in emerging economies, business groups, public sector enterprise reforms and performance. She has published in several international journals among which are Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Economics of Transition, Pacific Basic Finance Journal, and International Review of Finance. She has also published several book chapters on banking and corporate governance.

Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Azim Premji University (APU), Bengaluru and Visiting Faculty at IGIDR where he teaches part of the Law and Economics of Development course. His research explores the interfaces between politics and statistics, economics and religion, law and economics in pre-modern India, and the Kauṭiliya Arthaśāstra and other pre-modern texts. He studied metallurgy at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (B. Tech., 2001) and economics at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (Ph.D., 2010). He was a doctoral fellow (2007-08) at the Institute of SocioEconomics and the Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg under the Asia Link Project on Law and Economics funded by the European Union. He worked with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, New Delhi and Trichy and the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru before joining APU.