Ghatak, Maitreesh

Professor Maitreesh Ghatak  

Department

Position held

Experience keywords:

economic reform in west Bengal; incentive issues in the public sector; markets in underdeveloped countries; microlending; tenancy reform

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Professor Ghatak is a micro-economist whose main area of interest is economic development. His research studies, both theoretically and empirically, the micro-foundations of market and non-market institutions that govern the allocation of resources in underdeveloped countries in the presence of missing and incomplete markets, and transactions costs. Some of the specific topics of his current and past research are micro lending programmes, land reform, the role of NGOs in providing public goods, and the role of credit market imperfections in economic underdevelopment.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

West Bengal

Languages:

Bengali [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

020 7955 3568

LSE email:

m.ghatak@lse.ac.uk

Publications

2017

Banerjee, Mukulika and Bhalla, Surajit and Desai, Meghnad and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2017) 2017 Legislative Assembly election results: experts react South Asia @ LSE (12 Mar 2017) blog

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2017) A murder is a murder, whatever the context South Asia @ LSE (7 Jul 2017) Blog entry

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2017) Profit with purpose? A theory of social enterprise American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9 (3). 19-58. ISSN 1945-7731

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2017) Public-private partnerships for the provision of public goods: theory and an application to NGOs Research in Economics, 71 (2). 356-371. ISSN 1090-9443

2016

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2016) Understanding why Hillary Clinton lost the election USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (2 Dec 2016) Blog entry

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2016) No hope left? Interpreting the West Bengal election results South Asia @ LSE (25 May 2016) blog

Aneya, Madhav S. and Ghatak, Maitreesh and Morelli, Massimo (2016) Credit market frictions and political failure Journal of Monetary Economics, 81. 48-64. ISSN 0304-3932

2014

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Ray, Debraj (2014) Please weight: when confronted by a large Indian statistic, divide by population South Asia @ LSE (12 Sep 2014) Blog entry

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Roy, Sanchari (2014) Did Gujarat's growth rate accelerate under Modi? Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (15). 12-15. ISSN 0012-9976

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Karaivanov, Alexander (2014) Contractual structure in agriculture with endogenous matching Journal of Development Economics, 110. 239-249. ISSN 0304-3878

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Ghosh, Parikshit and Kotwal, Ashok (2014) Growth in the time of UPA: myths and reality Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (16). 34-43. ISSN 0012-9976

2013

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2013) Bailouts and the optimal taxation of bonus pay American Economic Review, 103 (3). 163-167. ISSN 0002-8282

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Kumar, Chinmaya and Mitra, Sandip (2013) Cash versus in-kind transfers: what do beneficiaries really want? South Asia @ LSE (30 Sep 2013) blog

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Mitra, Sandip and Mookherjee, Dilip and Nath, Anusha (2013) Learning from Singur: land acquisition and compensation in India South Asia @ LSE (13 Sep 2013) blog

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Mookherjee, Dilip (2013) Land acquisition for industrialization and compensation of displaced farmers Journal of Development Economics, 110. 303-312. ISSN 0304-3878

Banerjee, Abhijit and Duflo, Esther and Ghatak, Maitreesh and Lafortune, Jeanne (2013) Marry for what?: caste and mate selection in modern India American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 5 (2). 33-72. ISSN 1945-7669

Fetzer, Thiemo and Quidt, Jonathan de and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2013) Group lending without joint liability Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 044. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2013) Profit with purpose? a theory of social enterprise with experimental evidence Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 047. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Mitra, Sandip and Mookherjee, Dilip and Nath, Anusha (2013) Land acquisition and compensation: what really happened in Singur? Economic and Political Weekly, 48 (21). 32-44. ISSN 0012-9976

2012

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Banerjee, Abhijit and Duflo, Esther and Lafortune, Jeanne (2012) Marriage in modern India: does caste still matter for mate selection? South Asia @ LSE (3 Oct 2012) blog

Besley, Timothy and Burchardi, Konrad B. and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2012) Incentives and the De Soto Effect Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127 (1). 237-282. ISSN 0033-5533

Bonfatti, Roberto and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2012) Trade and the allocation of talent with capital market imperfections Journal of International Economics, 89 (1). 187-201. ISSN 0022-1996

2011

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2011) Taxation and regulation of bonus pay Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 030. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Mueller, Hannes (2011) Thanks for nothing?: not-for-profits and motivated agents Journal of Public Economics, 95 (1-2). 94-105. ISSN 0047-2727

Aney, Madhav S. and Ghatak, Maitreesh and Morelli, Massimo (2011) Can market failure cause political failure? Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 029. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Karaivanov, Alexander (2011) Contractual structure and endogenous matching partnerships Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 024. STICERD, London, UK.

Fischer, Gregory and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2011) Spanning the chasm: uniting theory and empirics in microfinance research In: Armendáriz, Beatriz and Labie, Marc, (eds.) The Handbook of Microfinance. World Scientific Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 9789814295659

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Karaivanov, Alexander (2011) Contractual structure and endogenous matching in partnershipso Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 024. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Berg, Erlend and Manjula, R and Ghatak, Maitreesh and Roy, Sanchari and Rajasekhar, D (2011) Implementing health insurance for the poor: the rollout of RSBY in Karnataka Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 025. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

2010

Fischer, Greg and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2010) Repayment frequency in microfinance contracts with present-biased borrowers Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 021. The London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Bonfatti, Roberto and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2010) Trade and the skill premium puzzle with capital market imperfections Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 020. STICERD, London, UK.

2009

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2009) Property rights and economic development Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP/2009/6. Suntory Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2009) Property rights and economic development In: Rodrick, Dani and Rosenzweig, M. R., (eds.) Handbook of Development Economics. Handbooks in economics, 5. Elsevier, 4525-4595. ISBN 9780444529442

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2009) The de Soto effect Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 008. Suntory Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Banerjee, Abhijit and Duflo, Esther and Ghatak, Maitreesh and Lafortune, Jeanne (2009) Marry for what?: caste and mate selection in modern India Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 009. STICERD, London, UK.

2008

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2008) Status incentives American Economic Review, 98 (2). 206-211. ISSN 0002-8282

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2008) L'offre de services publics par les acteurs non gouvernementaux Revue d'économie du Développement, 22 (4). 89-108. ISSN 1245-4060

2007

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2007) Land reform In: Basu, Kaushik, (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Economics in India. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780195669848

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2007) Reforming public service delivery Journal of African Economies, 16 (1). 127-156. ISSN 1464-3723

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Bardhan, Pranab (2007) Wealth, inequality and collective action Journal of Public Economics, 91 (9). 1843-1874. ISSN 0047-2727

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Roy, S (2007) Land reform and agricultural productivity in India: a review of the evidence Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 23 (2). 251-269. ISSN 1460-2121

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Morelli, Massimo and Sjöström, Tomas (2007) Entrepreneurial talent, occupational choice and trickle up policies Journal of Economic Theory, 137 (1). 27-48. ISSN 1095-7235

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Besley, Timothy (2007) Retailing public goods: the economics of corporate social responsibility Journal of Public Economics, 91 (9). 1645-1663. ISSN 0047-2727

2006

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2006) Public goods and economic development In: Banerjee, Abhijit and Benabou, R and Mookherjee, D, (eds.) Understanding Poverty. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 285-302. ISBN 0195305205

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Bardhan, P and Karaivanov, A (2006) Inequality and collective action In: Bardhan, P and Bowles, S and Baland, J, (eds.) Inequality, Cooperation Action and Environmental Sustainability. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA, 36-59. ISBN 0691128790

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Khwaja, Asim and Andrabi, Tahir (2006) Subcontractors for tractors: asset speciality and contracting in a manufacturer-supplier network Journal of Development Economics, 79 (2). 273-302. ISSN 0304-3878

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2006) Sorting with motivated agents: implications for school competition and teacher incentives Journal of the European Economic Association, 4 (2-3). 404-414. ISSN 1542-4774

2005

Besley, Tim and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2005) Competition and incentives with motivated agents American Economic Review, 95 (3). 616-636. ISSN 0002-8282

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2005) Who should provide public goods? A perspective from the theory of organizations In: Banerjee, Nirmala and Marjit, Sugata, (eds.) Developmment, Displacement and Disparity. Orient Longman, New Delhi, India. ISBN 8125028447

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2005) Incentives, risk and accountability in organizations In: Hutter, Bridget and Power, Michael, (eds.) Organizational Encounters With Risk. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 149-166. ISBN 0521609283

Gangopadhyay, S and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2005) Joint liability lending and the peer selection effect Economic Journal, 115 (506). 1005-1015. ISSN 1468-0297

2004

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2004) Competition and incentives with motivated agents CEPR discussion paper no. 4641, Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Banerjee, Abhijit (2004) Eviction threats and investment incentives Journal of Development Economics, 74 (2). 469-488. ISSN 0304-3878

2003

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Assuncao, Juliano (2003) Can unobserved heterogeneity in farmer ability explain the inverse relationship between farm size and productivity Economics Letters, 80 (2). 189-194. ISSN 0165-1765

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2003) Incentives, choice and accountability in the provision of public services Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 19 (2). 235-249. ISSN 0266-903X

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2003) Incentives, choice and accountability in the provision of Public Services CARR Discussion Papers, DP 14. Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Banerjee, Abhijit and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2003) Eviction threats and investment incentives DEDPS, 39. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2003) Competition and incentives with motivated agents Theoretical Economics; TE/2003/465, TE/03/465. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

2002

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Gertler, Paul and Banerjee, Abhijit (2002) Empowerment and efficiency: tenancy reform in West Bengal Journal of Political Economy, 110 (2). 239-280. ISSN 0022-3808

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Jiang, Nien-Huei (2002) A simple model of inequality, occupational choice and development Journal of Development Economics, 69 (1). 205-226. ISSN 0304-3878

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Morelli, Massimo and Sjostrom, Tomas (2002) Credit rationing, wealth inequality and allocation of talent TE, 441. London School of Economics and Political Science, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Ghatak, Maitreya (2002) Recent reforms in the Panchayat system in west Bengal: toward greater participatory governance Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (1). ISSN 0012-9976

Banerjee, Abhijit and Bardhan, Pranab and Basu, Kaushik and Datta-Chaudhuri, Mrinal and Ghatak, Maitreesh and Guha, Ashok and Majumdar, Mukul and Mookherjee, Dilip and Ray, Debraj (2002) Strategy for economic reform in West Bengal Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (41). 4203-4218. ISSN 0012-9976

2001

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2001) Government versus private ownership of public goods CEPR discussion paper; no. 2725, Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Morelli, Massimo and Sjostrom, Tomas (2001) Occupational choice and dynamic incentives Review of Economic Studies, 68 (4). 781-810. ISSN 0034-6527

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2001) Public versus private ownership of public goods Quarterly Journal of Economics, 116 (4). 1343-1372. ISSN 0033-5533

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (2001) Government versus private ownership of public goods Quarterly Journal of Economics, 116 (4). 1343-1372. ISSN 0033-5533

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Kali, Raja (2001) Financially interlinked business groups Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 10 (4). 591-619. ISSN 1058-6407

2000

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Guinnane, Timothy W (2000) The economics of lending with joint liability: theory and practice In: Mookerjee, Dilip and Ray, Debraj, (eds.) Readings in the Theory of Economic Development. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, UK, 411-440. ISBN 0631220062

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2000) Screening by the company you keep: joint liability lending and the peer selection effect Economic Journal, 110 (465). 601-631. ISSN 1468-0297

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Kali, Raja (2000) Diversified business groups in emerging economies ICRA Bulletin: Money and Finance, 2 (4). 20-31.

Ghatak, Maitreesh (2000) Contract choice in agriculture with joint moral hazard in effort and risk Journal of Development Economics, 63 (2). 303-326. ISSN 0304-3878

1999

Ghatak, Maitreesh (1999) Group lending, local information and peer selection Journal of Development Economics, 60 (1). 27-50. ISSN 0304-3878

Ghatak, Maitreesh and Guinnane, Timothy W (1999) The economics of lending with joint liability: theory and practice Journal of Development Economics, 60 (1). 195-228. ISSN 0304-3878

Besley, Timothy and Ghatak, Maitreesh (1999) Public-private partnership for the provision of public goods : theory and an application to NGOs Development Economics discussion paper; DEDPS 17, DEDPS No. 17. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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