Ashutosh Sarker, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
Area of Study / Keywords
Institutional Economics; Political Economy; Public Economics; Behavioral Economics; Neuroeconomics
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.
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 research experience at the University of Alberta in Canada, Monash University, 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 economics, behavioral economics, and common-pool resource management. I have published over 20 papers. My articles have appeared in 14 Scimago Q1-ranked journals including Journal of Institutional Economics, Ecological Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 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 University in the United States 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.
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.
How markets and governments determine which products are produced and how income is distributed in the Canadian economy. Not open to students with credit in ECON 204.
The theory of consumer behavior; theory of production and cost; price and output determination under competition, monopoly and other market structures. Prerequisite: ECON 101 or equivalent.
Financial intermediation, commercial banking, central banking, securities markets, and regulation of the banking and financial sectors, the money supply process and monetary control. Prerequisites: ECON 109 and ECON 282. Students may not receive credit for both ECON 341 and FIN 414.
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.