Dr. Ajit Karnik

  Professor of Economics       


Office: Room 010B Block: 17 
Phone: +971 4 3678100
Fax: +971 4 3672956



  • Ph.D. (Economics), University of Bombay, India
  • M.A. (Economics), University of Bombay, India

Courses taught


  • Introductory and advanced economics
  • Research Methods
  • Marketing Research

Research Interests

Economic growth, public finance, elections, sports economics, political economy

Awards and achievements


  • Fulbright Scholarship (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Smuts Fellowship (Wolfson College, Cambridge University, UK)
  • Overseas Visiting Fellowship (St. John’s college, Cambridge University, UK)
  • Indo-American Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Associated Links



Membership of professional bodies and associations

  • Life Member, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Banglore.
  • Life Member, Indian Economic Association
  • Life Member, The Indian Econometric Society


Selected Publications

  • Ajit Karnik and Mala Lalvani“Growth Performance of Indian States” Empirical Economics, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2012
  • Ajit Karnik and Cedwyn Fernandes “Estimating Elasticity of Demand for Tourism in Dubai”, Tourism Analysis, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2010
  • Ajit Karnik “Valuing Cricketers Using Hedonic Price Models”, Journal of Sport Economics, Volume 11, No. 4 (August), 2010.
  • Ajit Karnik and Mala Lalvani “Heterogeneity in Growth Processes: Estimating Growth Equations using Panel data”, International Economic Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4 (December), 2009.