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Research Interests

Empirical Microeconomics and Micro-econometrics

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Bhattacharya, D. The Empirical Content of Binary Choice Models, (2021) Econometrica, 89, 457-474
Lee, Y-Y. and Bhattacharya, D. Applied welfare analysis for discrete choice with interval-data on income, (2019) Journal of Econometrics, 211(2), 361-387
Bhattacharya, D. Empirical Welfare Analysis for Discrete Choice: Some General Results, (2018) Quantitative Economics, 9(2), 571-615
Bhattacharya, D., Kanaya, S. and Stevens, M. Are University Admissions Academically Fair?, (2017) Review of Economics and Statistics, 99(3), 449-464
Bhattacharya, D. Nonparametric welfare analysis for discrete choice, (2015) Econometrica, 83(2), 617-649

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Bhattacharya, D. and Rabovic, R. Do Elite Universities Practise Meritocratic Admissions? Evidence from Cambridge, (2020) CWPE2056
Bhattacharya, D., Dupas, P., Kanaya, S. Demand and Welfare Analysis in Discrete Choice Models under Social Interactions, (2018) CWPE1885
Bhattacharya, D. Income Effects and Rationalizability in Multinomial Choice Models, (2018) CWPE1884
Bhattacharya, D. The Empirical Content of Binary Choice Models, (2018) CWPE1883
Lee, Y-Y., Bhattacharya, D. Applied Welfare Analysis for Discrete Choice with Interval-data on Income, (2018) CWPE1882

Recent Activities

Cambridge Economics Alumni Webinar Series: Economic Analysis of Student Admissions
In this webinar, Dr Debopam Bhattacharya (University Reader and Fellow of Trinity College) examined the extent to which elite universities practice merit-based admissions. He was joined by Dr Aytek Erdil (University Reader and Fellow of King's College) who introduced and discussed a new proposal to redesign the UK's university admissions system.
Published on - Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Testing Meritocracy in University Admissions
Dr. Debopam Bhattacharya and Renata Rabovic (former Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Economics) have published an article for VOXeu titled "Testing Meritocracy in University Admissions". This column uses a novel, outcome-based test of merit-based admissions at Cambridge University, to look at the controversial issue of the balance between merit and diversity in university admissions.
Published on - Monday 21st September 2020

Dr Debopam Bhattacharya awarded ERC Grant
The Faculty is very pleased to announce that Dr Debopam Bhattacharya was awarded a 5-year ERC "Consolidator" grant for his project titled "Empirical Demand and Welfare Analysis (EDWEL)".
Published on - Monday 15th February 2016

Research Grants

Empirical Demand and Welfare Analysis (EDWEL) (European Reserach Council (ERC), Starting Grant)

PhD Students


Joseph Fisher
PhD Title: Forecasting economic variables with machine learning techniques and internet data
Eoghan O'Neill
PhD Title: State-of-the-BART: Simple Bayesian Tree Algorithms for Prediction and Causal Inference
Research: Econometrics, Machine Learning, Energy Economics
Jamie Moore
PhD Title:
Research: Microeconometrics, Machine Learning, Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Networks

Dr Debopam Bhattacharya

University Reader

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CV: Curriculum Vitae

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