Professor Sanjit Dhami

Professor Sanjit DhamiProfessor of Economics

Fellow CESifo, LMU, Munich

Fellow Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel

Contact details

  • Tel: 0116 252 2086
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  • Office: Room 0.20, Ground Floor, Teaching Centre, Brookfield
  • Office hours: Tuesday 12.00 - 2.00 pm

Personal details

I hold a Masters and PhD in Economics (1997) from the University of Toronto, Canada and an MPhil from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.

Before coming to Leicester in 2003, I worked at the University of Essex and Newcastle University for six years. My most recent research is largely in theoretical foundations of Behavioural Economics as well as its applications, jointly with my colleague Professor Ali al-Nowaihi.

Awards and distinctions

  • Included in Marquis Who's Who in the World
  • Included in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering in the World
  • Winner of Commonwealth scholarship for a PhD
  • Gold Medallist and distinction in MSc Honours in Economics with new University record
  • Gold Medallist and distinction in BSc Honours in Economics
  • University of Toronto Open Scholarship and International fee waiver
  • University merit scholarship in MSc and BSc honours in economics
  • UGC research fellowship, GOI

Recent Invited Seminars

Zurich, Munich, Tilburg, Cambridge, Nottingham, Kiel, Innsbruck, Cologne, Max Planck Institute, Bergen, St Andrews, University of East Anglia.



My main area of research is Behavioural Economics, which is the interface of psychology, economics, sociology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and anthropology. The main focus of my work in the past has mainly been in addressing theoretical questions in several areas in behavioural economics; this includes behavioural decision theory, behavioural game theory, behavioural time discounting, and social preferences. In current work, I use a mix of behavioural economic theory and experiments to address both theoretical and applied issues in behavioural economics.


Recent publications

(2018) Heuristics and Public Policy: Decision Making Under Bounded Rationality. Discussion Paper No. 06/2018, Harvard Law School, John M. Olin Centre for Law, Economics and Business. (with Ali al-Nowaihi and Cass Sunstein)

(2018) Public goods games and psychological utility: Theory and evidence. Forthcoming in the special issue on Psychological Game Theory in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. (with Menging Wei and Ali al-Nowaihi).

(2018) Human Ethicality: Evidence and Insights from Behavioral Economics. Forthcoming in Handbook of Ethics and Economics. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

(2018) Behavioral economics and rationality. Forthcoming in Handbook of Rationality. MIT Press: Massachusetts.

(2018) Behavioural Economics and the theory of crime, punishment and litigation. Forthcoming in The Research Handbook on Behavioural Law and Economics. Edited by Joshua Teitelbaum and Kathryn Zeiler. Edward Elgar. ISBN: 1849805679 (with Ali al-Nowaihi).

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