Dr. Yugank Goyal


Associate Professor, Economics

Assistant Dean (Research), Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities

Deputy Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

Honorary Research Fellow, Jindal Global Law School

B.Tech. (NIT);
LL.M. (Erasmus Mundus Scholar from Europe);
Ph.D. (University of Hamburg)

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 OP Jindal Global 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

Working papers

  • 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)

Book Chapters

Book Reviews


Reports and Government Projects

  • Lead Author, Ranking of Indian States on Street Vendors Act Compliance Index, Centre for Civil Society (with P. Narang) [2018]
  • 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. [2016]
  • 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) [2015]
  • 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. [2015]
  • 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 [2015]
  • 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 [2012]
  • Surrogate Advertising in India, Briefing Paper by CUTS-Centre on Competition, Investment and Regulation no. 3/2009 [2009]
  • Evaluation of CNG Impact on Vehicular Pollution Control: Quantitative Study on Delhi, Conference Volume: Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, Mumbai, India [2007]

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.