Ashutosh Sarker, Ph.D., Professor (Adjunct Faculty)

Contact

University of Alberta

Faculty of Arts - Economics Dept
Email
ashutosh.sarker@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Institutional Economics; Political Economy; Public Economics; Behavioral Economics; Neuroeconomics


About

As a resource economist, I possess extensive research and teaching experience at the intersection of institutional economics, behavioral economics, public policy, and common property resource management within diverse global and local contexts.

I am a Canadian citizen.


Research

My research philosophy resonates with the thought that the divides between disciplines are artificial and that moving beyond them can help us seek more focused answers to old and new questions alike. The research philosophy inspires me to review research questions relevant to the discipline of economics from the perspectives of other disciplines, including public administration, political science, and neuroscience. 

As a resource economist, I have obtained more than 16 years of post-Ph.D. research experience at Monash University, Australia (Sunway Campus), Yokohama National University in Japan, the University of Queensland in Australia, and the University of British Columbia in Canada. My research stands at the intersection of institutional (organizational) economics, behavioral economics, and common-pool resource management. I have published over 15 papers. My articles have appeared in 12 Scimago Q1-ranked journals including Journal of Institutional Economics, Ecological Economics, Public Administration, Journal of Rural Studies, and Journal of Hydrology. I have presented papers at international conferences held in Canada, Australia, the United States, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Brazil. On three occasions, I was invited by Nobel laureate in economics, Professor Elinor Ostrom, to give colloquium presentations at The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University in the United States.

In particular, I was a recipient of a visiting fellowship at Harvard Univesity and visited the university in 2018.

With my team members, I have secured more than 12 competitive research grants from different funding agencies. I have also developed an innovative teaching method that accommodates modern IT, students’ learning styles, and their social backgrounds for students in economics.

By supervising honors and Ph.D. students, I have learned that supervision is a dynamic, open, non-defensive two-way process during which an exchange of information is critical to the research planning, implementation, and reporting process.


Teaching

Throughout my academic pursuits, I have learned that the ultimate goal of teaching is to motivate students to become active, reflective, and reactive learners who think critically and solve problems both independently and as part of a team.

My teaching method is to engage students in innovative thinking through the process of a demonstration by involving integrative approaches. This is to enhance students’ critical thinking skills, as well as, helps them define and address a research problem, then explore and evaluate solutions.

The courses I teach include microeconomics, macroeconomics, managerial economics, and environmental and natural resource economics.

Courses

ECON 365 - Resource Economics

Issues in the production of exhaustible and renewable natural resources, including exploration, extraction, and taxation; scarcity and pricing; contemporary Canadian resource policy issues. Prerequisites: ECON 109 and ECON 281. Students may not receive credit for both ECON 365 and AREC 365.

Winter Term 2022
ECON 366 - Energy Economics

The economics of producing and consuming energy: pricing, role in economic growth; energy sources and markets; the role of government; regulation and other energy policy issues. Prerequisites: ECON 109 and ECON 281.

Winter Term 2022

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Publications

Do Volatility Indices Diminish Gold’s Appeal as a Safe Haven to Investors before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Author(s): Tanin, T. I., A. Sarker, S. Hammoudeh, and M. Shahbaz.
Publication Date: 9/6/2021
Publication: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (Forthcoming; Scimago: Q1)

Do Currency Exchange Rates Impact Gold Prices? New Evidence from the Ongoing COVID-19 Period
Author(s): Tanin, T. I., A. Sarker, and R. Brooks
Publication Date: 8/9/2021
Publication: International Review of Financial Analysis (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2021.101868
Ecological Perspectives on Water, Food, and Health Security Linkages: the Minamata Case in Japan
Author(s): Sarker, A.
Publication Date: 5/1/2021
Publication: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11356-021-14207-8
Economics of Underproduction: A Polycentric Approach for a Depopulated Commons in Japan
Author(s): Sarker, A.
Publication Date: 5/1/2020
Publication: Ecological Economics (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106597
Addressing Misperceptions of Governing the Commons
Author(s): Sarker, A. and W. Blomquist
Publication Date: 4/1/2019
Publication: Journal of Institutional Economics (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744137418000103
Natural Resource Use, Institutions, and Green Ergonomics
Author(s): Sarker, A., W.C. Poon, and G. Herath.
Publication Date: 4/5/2018
Publication: Ergonomics and Human Factors for a Sustainable Future
External Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-981-10-8072-2_11
GST Compliance and Challenges for SMEs in Malaysia
Author(s): Yong, M.C., J. Kasipillai, and A. Sarker
Publication Date: 12/1/2017
Publication: eJournal of Tax Research
External Link: https://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/ejotaxrs15&div=28&id=&page=
River and Fish Pollution in Malaysia: A Green Ergonomics Perspective
Author(s): Poon, W.C., G. Herath, A. Sarker, T. Masuda, and R. Kada
Publication Date: 11/1/2016
Publication: Applied Ergonomics (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2016.02.009
Design Principles for Managing Coastal Fisheries Commons in Present-day Japan
Author(s): Sarker, A., T. Ikeda, T. Abe, and K. Inoue
Publication Date: 9/1/2015
Publication: Ecological Economics (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.06.019
Federated Rural Organization for Governing the Commons in Japan
Author(s): Sarker, A.
Publication Date: 10/1/2014
Publication: Journal of Rural Studies (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.06.007
User Self-Governance in a Complex Policy Design for Managing Water Commons
Author(s): Sarker, A., T. Itoh, R. Kada, T. Abe, M. Nakashima, and G. Herath
Publication Date: 3/14/2014
Publication: Journal of Hydrology (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.12.034
The Role of State Reinforced Self-Governance in Averting the Tragedy of the Irrigation Commons in Japan
Author(s): Sarker, A
Publication Date: 2/11/2013
Publication: Public Administration (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12011
The Nature of the Governance of Japanese Irrigation Common-Pool Resources
Author(s): Sarker, A., and T. Itoh
Publication Date: 11/30/2010
Publication: Society and Natural Resources (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920309200
The Development of Group Farming in Post-War Japanese Agriculture
Author(s): Sarker, A., and T. Itoh
Publication Date: 11/30/2010
Publication: Journal of Rural Cooperation
External Link: https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/61050/?ln=en
Managing Groundwater as a Common-Pool Resource: An Australian Case Study
Author(s): Sarker, A., C. Baldwin, and H. Ross
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
Publication: Water Policy
External Link: https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2009.076
Interdependence of Common Pool Resources: Lessons from a Set of Nested Catchments in Australia
Author(s): Sarker, A., H. Ross, and K. K. Shrestha
Publication Date: 12/6/2008
Publication: Human Ecology (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-008-9206-1
A Common-Pool Resource Approach for Water Quality Management: An Australian Case Study
Author(s): Sarker, A., H. Ross, and K. K. Shrestha
Publication Date: 12/1/2008
Publication: Ecological Economics (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.05.001
Collaborative Planning and Management of Natural Resources: Exploring Ecosystems as Common-Pool Resources in Australia
Author(s): Shrestha, K.K. and A. Sarker
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Dialogues in Urban Planning
External Link: https://books.google.com.my/books?hl=en&lr=&id=5iRfFnZ8ECkC&oi=fnd&pg=PA44&dq=Collaborative+Planning+and+Management+of+Natural+Resources:+Exploring+Ecosystems+as+Common-Pool+Resources+in+Australia&ots=7PbelyOUeO&sig=Bjnk8ZTs_Ue53hucINAuHKLWBLY&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Collaborative%20Planning%20and%20Management%20of%20Natural%20Resources%3A%20Exploring%20Ecosystems%20as%20Common-Pool%20Resources%20in%20Australia&f=false
Design Principles in Long-Enduring Institutions of Japanese Irrigation Common Pool Resources
Author(s): Sarker, A., and T. Itoh
Publication Date: 6/1/2001
Publication: Agricultural Water Management (Scimago: Q1)
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-3774(00)00125-6