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Yashodha Yashodha

PhD Student

Yashodha Yashodha
PhD Student
+46 31 786 2552

Room number: E-531
Postal Address: Box 640, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg

Department of Economics (More Information)
Box 640
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 411 24 Göteborg

About Yashodha Yashodha

I am a PhD candidate in Environmental Economics Unit, at Gothenburg University.  

My research interests include but not specific to Agricultural economics, Environmental valuation, Natural resource management, Behavioural economics and Development economics. The passion for research started during my masters’ where I engulfed myself to learn more about various services the environment provides to the human kind and how to evaluate those services in order to create awareness for its conservation. In this direction I have produced thesis concerning the economic valuation of some important environmental services (such as recreation, carbon sequestration, provision of food etc.) and its importance in agriculture and climate change. This encouraged and gave me an insight about scientific research. This brought me in to this PhD at Gothenburg University where I started exploring some new facets of research such as behavioural and experimental economics. With a deep interest developed in these new areas, at present am working on the formation of informal contracts for the resource allocation and the role of kinship ties with special focus to the groundwater markets in India.  

In short, my focus is concerned to study the informal contracts under three dimensions. Firstly, to distinguish/elicit trust behavior of agents who involved in the informal contracts. Secondly, to understand how the choice of contracts have been made and in reference to the role of relative bargaining power of sellers and buyers in the groundwater market. Thirdly, to analyze the performance of both shared and fixed groundwater contracts in terms of factor use and productivity. It will also be viewed from the realm of kinship ties between the agents in the contract and its effect on performance. 

I have used both survey instruments and experimental techniques to answer the above mentioned propositions. The study was conducted in Karnataka State, India, and was financed by SIDA and Richard C Malmsten Memorial Foundation. 

Research areas

  • Environmental economics, Behavioural and experimental economics, Development economics, Agricultural and resource economics.

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Contract Choice and Trust in Informal Groundwater Markets
Yashodha Yashodha
Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet. Handelshögskolan, Department of Economics , Doctoral thesis 2017
Doctoral thesis

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