Dr. Yugank Goyal is associate professor of economics. He received his joint doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Bologna and University of Hamburg. Earlier, he majored in law and economics from the same universities (and University of Manchester) for his masters. For both his masters and Ph.D., he was the Erasmus Mundus Fellow. He has an engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Surat in India.
He is the founding faculty member of O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University), where he assumed crucial role in institution building during its founding stage. He has been the assistant dean for research hand international collaboration, both in its law school as well as in the school of humanities. He enjoys doing interdisciplinary research and has been, of late, focusing more on institutions and knowledge, law and development, regulation and informality.
Yugank has taught in visiting capacity at IIM Ahmedabad, Vedica Scholars Programme, FLAME University and has been the docent at the Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy. He routinely offers research advisory to organizations and government departments on public policy, regulatory and higher education. He sits on the Governing Council of the Indian School of Public Policy, and on the boards of emerging technology start-ups in India.
Select Journal Articles
- Oliver Williamson: the man who reduced transaction costs of economics, Economic and Political Weekly 55(28-29): 22-25 (2020) (with R. Ghosh)
- Telecom Woes in India: What does it tell us about regulation, Economic and Political Weekly 55 (1): 16-21 (2020).
- Of Modernity, House Prices and Suspending Singularity of Time, Journal of Human Values 26 (1): 1-14 (2020)
- Responsibilization through regulatory intermediary in informal markets – Examining the informal prostitution market in India, Regulation & Governance 14 (1): 1-18 (2020)
- How governments promote monopolies: Public procurement in India, American Journal of Economics and Sociology Vol. 78 (5): 1135-1169 (2019)
- The Desirability of one-nation, one-election in India, Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies 44 (1-2): 110-120 (2019) (with Arun Kaushik).
- The coal mine mafia of India: A mirror of corporate power, American Journal of Economics and Sociology 77 (2): 541-574 (2018).
- Examining Electoral Data: An Inquiry into People’s Preferences of Communist Parties in West Bengal and Kerala, Economic and Political Weekly 53 (36): 38-46 (2018) (with Arun Kaushik)
- Are Small Firms Willing to Pay for Improved Power Supply? Evidence from a Contingent Valuation Study in India, Energy Policy 109: 659-665 (2017) (with Ranjan Ghosh et. al.)
- Informal Institutions in the Regulatory State: the Case of Bureaucracy in India, Law and Development Review 10 (1): 147-177 (2017)
- Institutional Costs of International Space Law, Journal of Space Law 41: 57-92 (2017) (with S.G. Sreejith)
- Political Dynamics in Bihar, Economic and Political Weekly 50 (39): 18-22 (2015) (with Arun Kaushik)
- Towards Decriminalising Prostitution in India, Akron Law Review 47: 1071-1121 (2015) (with P. Ramanujam)
- Death of a Discipline: Locating Heterodoxy in Law, Journal of Indian Law Institute 56 (4): 493-522 (Dec 2014)
- One View of Compulsory Licensing: Comparative Perspectives from India and Canada, Marquette Journal of Intellectual Property Law Review 18 (2): 369-408 (2014)
- Corporate Governance and Informal Institutions: a closer look at BRICS economies, Jindal Global Law Review 5 (1) (2014)
- Why do Informal Markets remain Informal? Lessons from an Indian Footwear Cluster, (under second round of R&R with Journal of Evolutionary Economics)
- What precedes ‘choice’ in the school choice framework? : A case study from India, (with Anamika Srivastava)
- Using an Expired Product: Revisiting Wealth Maximization in Law (with Ignacio Cofone)
- Towards theorizing shadow education: case of coaching institutions in India, (with Isabel Salovaara)
- Another way to introduce logic: teaching mathematics to unreceptive undergraduates (with A. Kaushik)
- Of footwear clusters, trade credit and institutional tenacity, in ‘Invisible Institutionalisms. Collective reflections on the shadows of legal globalization,’ by Sara Dezalay and Swethaa Balakrishnen (eds.) Hart Publishing (forthcoming)
- Of entrepreneurs, knowledge commons and informal markets: the case of informal trade credit in India, in ‘Governing Market as Knowledge Commons,’ by Pavel Kuchar and Erwin Dekker (eds.) Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)
- The Enchantment of Urbanization: Closer look at market’s narrative in Indian cities, in ‘Investigating Developmentalism: Notions of Development in the Social Sphere,’ by D.N. Pathak and A.K. Das (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan (2019).
- The Informal Domestic Workers in India: A Descriptive Mapping of NSSO Data, in ‘Recognition of the Rights of Domestic Workers in India: Challenges and the Way Forward’, by U. Mahanta and I. Gupta (eds.) Springer (2018) (with Rakesh Kumar).
- Towards a transaction cost approach to the essential facilities doctrine, in ‘Multidimensional Approaches Towards New Technology: Insights on Innovation, Patents and Competition’, by Indranath Gupta et. al. (Eds.) Springer (2018) (with P. Ramanujam et al)
- Cultural Institutions in New Technology: Evidence from Internet Infidelity, in ‘Internet Infidelity’, by Sanjeev Sahni et. al. (Eds.) Springer (2018) (with P. Ramanujam et al)
- The Phoenix of Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education, in ‘The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives,’ by C. Raj Kumar et al (eds.) New Delhi: Oxford University Press (2017).
- A Short Note on Concept of Validity in Informal Markets, in ‘Legal Validity and Soft Law’, Jaap Hage et. al. (Eds.). Springer (2017-18) (with Pauline Westerman)
- Economic and Procedural Constraints for Compulsory Licenses in Medicines, in Reto Hilty and Kung-Chung Liu (eds.), Compulsory Licensing. Springer (2015).
- Ethics and Governance in Climate Change Debate: Need for institutional shift from Nation-States to Individuals, in Hugh Breakey et al (ed.), Ethical Values and Integrity of the Climate Change Regime. Ashgate (2015)
Reports and Government Projects
- Lead Author, Ranking of Indian States on Street Vendors Act Compliance Index, Centre for Civil Society (with P. Narang) 
- Lead Author and Coordinator of preparing, Gazetteer of Karnal, Government of India (forthcoming April 2016), commissioned by government of Haryana, India. Gazetteers are government publications, acting as encyclopaedia of regions. 
- External Consultant to NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India, for advising them on Skill Development Legislation of the government of Andhra Pradesh, commissioned by government of Andhra Pradesh, India. [2016-17]
- President of India’s effort in revolutionizing Higher Education in India, Book Project, commissioned by the Office of the President of India. [2015-16]
- External Consultant to NLU Delhi, for preparing Universal Periodic Review, commissioned by the Ministry of External Affairs for United Nations Human Rights Council. [2014-15]
- Scheme for Group-Captive Power Plant, through Co-financing in Small Scale Clusters in India, Financing Sustainable Development: Ideas for Action, World Bank Report (with Ranjan Ghosh) 
- Guidelines for establishing University in Afghanistan, Consultancy Report at O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University), for a project in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. 
- Independence and Competence of Regulatory Institutions: An Inquiry into the Informality of Indian Regulatory State, CUTS Working Paper, forthcoming in CUTS Annual Series on Regulation 
- India’s Public Distribution System: What has gone wrong? Background Paper for India Public Policy Report 2014.
- Contributed in Report on Harmonizing Regulatory Conflict, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and CUTS International 
- Surrogate Advertising in India, Briefing Paper by CUTS-Centre on Competition, Investment and Regulation no. 3/2009 
- Evaluation of CNG Impact on Vehicular Pollution Control: Quantitative Study on Delhi, Conference Volume: Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, Mumbai, India 
Select Newspaper Op-eds:
A policy to regulate coaching centres, Hindu, June 2019
Dear government, can we have some real liberalization, Deccan Herald, July 2018
Filmy Family Business, Indian Express, September 2017
Nitish embracing BJP: A Mockery of Voters, Deccan Herald, July 2017
Hindus and Muslims: the True Picture of Divorce, Live Mint July 2017
Access to Excellence. the Hindu, June 2017
BJP in 2017 is a worthier winner than SP in 2012. Quartz, March, 2017.
The Algebra of UP Assembly Elections, Live Mint, March, 2017.
The Ivy League’s dark history shows it is not easy to reject charity that involves dirty money. Quartz, February 2017.
Enriched by the Outsider. Indian Express, February 2017
Govt., give me a tax bargain. DNA, December 2016
The air we breathe: if not now, then when? Live Mint, November 2016
In defence of grade retention, Deccan Herald, October 2016
No Country for Teachers, Deccan Herald, September 2016
Shadow Education, Indian Express, June 2016
All that ails the Higher Education, Deccan Herald, June 2016
Foreign Universities in India: An Idea whose time has come, Deccan Herald, May 2016
Group Captive Plants can solve Industrial Units’ Power Woes, Deccan Herald, March 2016 (with Ranjan Ghosh)
The Algebra of Bihar Assembly, Live Mint, 16 November 2015
For Pleasure or For Profit: The Promises and Perils of Art Markets, the Caravan, August 2015.
Development Index with Missing Links, Hindu, October 2013
Yugank has taught Economics, Economic Analysis of Law, Institutions, Mathematical Thinking and Ethics. His course design is highly interdisciplinary.
His research has been under the broad umbrellas of regulation, markets and informality, knowledge structures, ethics, public policy, higher education, psephology and intellectual property rights.
Yugank led a unique project to prepare Gazetteer of Karnal district in Haryana in 2015-16. The project was awarded by government of Haryana and was conceptualized and executed under his leadership. This Gazetteer, arguably, is the first ever effort to be organized and written by someone outside the government. With a team of 32 scholars and researchers, the first volume was written and submitted in a span of merely five months.
The release is pending, but the Executive Summary can be downloaded here. For the complete gazetteer, please get in touch with him (email).
To get a sense of what are gazetteers, please visit the Digital South Asia Library archives by UChicago here, or the Indian government archives here.