Anand Murugesan is an economist at the Department of Public Policy, CEU. He combines insights from economics and related disciplines with causal inference tools – lab, lab-in-the-field, and observational data – to study social problems, particularly in developing countries. Recent research includes studying the impact of religious violence on India's rural economy and; the long shadow of the Habsburg imperial history on tax compliance today. Before CEU, Anand worked at the University of California, Merced. At CEU, besides the mandatory economics courses for policy, Anand teaches electives on development themes and causal inference methods. He is co-authoring the book Demystifying Causal Inference.
Anand will be on research leave in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. During this time, he will be a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna (Behavioral Economics group) and the Democracy Institute, Budapest.