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Professor Amrita Dhillon

Professor of Economics

Amrita Dhillon

Postal Address:

Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG 




Phone: 020 7848 2907
Room Number: 9.02 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours:
Term 1
Tuesdays: 16.00 - 17.00
Wednesdays: 11.00 - 12.00


Amrita Dhillon is a Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy. She is also Research Group leader for Quantitive Political Economy.  She graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a PhD in 1994. Her training is in theoretical modelling including political economy, public economics, game theory and development. Her main field of research is political economy. 

She has organized a number of workshops on topics ranging from Sovereign debt, reputational models in economics to a recent workshop on governance which was sponsored by the
Journal of Public Economic Theory


'Quantitative Methods for Public Policy' (postgraduate)


Amrita's research interests span a variety of applications of political economy from voting games where she studied issues of voter turnout and strategic voting, formation of political parties, protest movements to sovereign debt and politics where she studies how leader reputation can change default outcomes in democracies vs autocracies.


Journal Articles

'Ownership structure, Voting and Risk' (with Silvia Rossetto), University of Warwick (Accepted at Review of Financial Studies 2014)  

‘Scoring Rules and Dominance Solvability’ (with L.Buenrostro and Peter Vida), Social Choice and Welfare, October 2011

‘Development and the Interaction of Enforcement Institutions’ (with J.Rigolini), Journal of Public Economics, vol. 95(1-2), pages 79-87, February 2011

‘Learning in Elections and Voter Turnout Equilibria’ (with Stefano Demichelis), Journal of Public Economic Theory, October 2010, Volume 12, Issue 5

‘Electoral Goals and Center-State Transfers: A Theoretical Model and Empirical Evidence from India’ (with Wiji Arulampalam, Sugato Dasgupta and Bhaskar Dutta), Journal of Development Economics, January 2009

‘Games of Status and Discriminatory Contracts’ (with Alexander Herzog-Stein), Games and Economic Behaviour, Vol.65 Issue 1, January 2009

‘Tax Competition Reconsidered’ (with Myrna Wooders and Ben Zissimos), Journal of Public Economic Theory, 9(3) (2007)

‘Protest and Reputation’ (with L. Buenrostro and M.Wooders), International Journal of Game Theory, Vol. 35(1), 2006

‘When are Plurality Rule Voting Games Dominance Solvable?’ (with Ben Lockwood), Games and Economic Behaviour, 46, January 2004

‘Economic Theories of Voter Turnout’ (with Susanna Peralta), Economic Journal, June 2002

‘Multiple Equilibria in the Citizen-candidate Model of Representative Democracy: A Comment’ (with Ben Lockwood), Journal of Public Economic Theory, 4(2), 2002

‘A Generalised Wage Rigidity Result with Centralised Negotiations’ (with E.Petrakis), International Journal of Industrial Organisation, 20 (3), 2001

‘Tax Earmarking and Grass roots Accountability’ (with Carlo Perroni), Economics Letters, 72, No.1, 2001

‘Implementing Tax Coordination’ (with K.A. Scharf and Carlo Perroni), Journal of Public Economics, 72, 1999

‘Relative Utilitarianism’ (with J.F. Mertens),  Econometrica, Vol.67, No.3, 1999

‘Extended Pareto Rules and Relative Utilitarianism’, Social Choice and Welfare, 15, 1998

‘An Impossibility Theorem with von Neumann-Morgenstern Preferences’ (with J.F. Mertens), Economics Letters, 56, 1997

‘Perfect Correlated Equilibria’ (with J.F. Mertens), Journal of Economic Theory, 68 (2), 1996

Book Chapters and Reviews

‘The Political Economy of Fiscal Federalism in India’, in The Oxford Companion to Economics in India, 2007, 2011, ed. Kaushik Basu, OUP

‘Debt Restructuring and Economic Recovery: Analysing the Argentine Swap’ (with Javier Garcia Fronti, Sayantan Ghosal and Marcus Miller), World Economy, 29(4), 2006

‘Political Parties and Coalition Formation’, Chapter in Group Formation in Economics; Networks, Clubs and Coalition, CUP, eds. G.Demange and M.Wooders, 2005

‘Report on Charging and Provision for (Domestic) Pest Control’, for Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Ghosh, A., Planning in India: The Challenge for the 90’s, Sage Publications. Reviewed for The Book Review, India

Austen-Smith, D. and J.Banks, Positive Political Theory 1: Collective Preference, reviewed For the Economic Journal

Schuessler, Alexander A., A Logic of Expressive Choice, Princeton University Press, 2000, reviewed for the Economic Journal

Working Papers

'Referrals, Proximity and worker discipline' (with V.Iversen and G.Torsvik), CAGE working paper, 2012

'Whose Reputation? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt Default' (with T Sjostrom), Working Paper, University of Warwick

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