Nikhil Damodaran

From 2018, LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Office: Cabin 6, T4 Academic Block,
OP Jindal Global University, Haryana, India.

I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Government and Public Policy, OP Jindal Global University since 2018. I completed my Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2018. My research is in the intersection of open economy macroeconomics and fiscal policy.

In my research, I apply insights from open economy macroeconomics to examine sub-national movers of business cycle fluctuations in countries. I focus on the interaction of local level fiscal and monetary policy to examine issues of optimal fiscal policy. I am also interested in government debt and its place in the financial markets.

I teach courses in macroeconomics at OP Jindal Global University and Monash University.

I read economic history with a special interest on these issues – role of governments, evolution and impact of technology, and evolution of economic policy. I am a skeptical empiricist too!

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ChatGPT has aced the test of understanding in college economics: Now what?
with Wayne Geerling, G Dirk Mateer and Jadrian Wooten
The American Economist, 2023.

Consumer Payment Choice and the Heterogeneous Impact of India's Demonetization
with Ayushi Bajaj
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2022.

Fiscal Policy and Transmission: The Case of India's States
Slides [TBA]

Working Projects

Trade Transmission of Fiscal Policies in a Currency Union


Teaching statement

Courses Instructed

Econometrics II - Spring 2021, Spring 2022
Open Economy Macroeconomics (PG course) - Fall 2021
Macroeconomics II - Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Fall 2021
Statistics II - Spring 2020, Spring 2021
Mathematical Methods for Economics I- Fall 2019, Fall 2020
Macroeconomics I - Fall 2018
International Trade - Spring 2019 and Fall 2018
Agricultural Price Analysis, Spring 2017

Courses Assisted

Principles of Economics, Spring 2015
EC 13: Econometric Methods I, Spring 2015
Principles of Macroeconomics, Spring 2014

General Writing

A little bit of theory for everyone, check out my substack, Jan 2023.
The Need for public in public policy, The Indian Express, 23 March 2021.
Inflation tax and the Burden of Public Debt , The New Indian Express, 18 March 2021
Who pays for the wall? Farm Protests and the Budget, Indian Express, 17 February 2021.
Why is the government pushing farm laws despite so much protest?, The Pioneer, 11 February 2021
On Domestic currency denominated local government bonds, with (Shraavan Varma and Aarjav Nair), The New Indian Express, 7 February 2021
On the need for unconventional monetary policy to help local governments, Indian Express, 24 April 2020
Macroeconomic effects of the reverse migration due to COVID lockdown in India, Indian Express, 12 April 2020