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M.Phil, Ph.D


  • Kavitha Ranganathan is currently Assistant Professor in the area of Finance and Economics at TAPMI. Prior to joining TAPMI, she worked at National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), Mumbai, while pursuing Ph.D. Her research interests are in the area of Behavioral Economics and Finance. At NISM, she engaged in various policy research initiated by SEBI, NSE and Ministry of Finance. She had presented her research work at various conferences in India and abroad.


  • Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance, Investment Theory


  • Judgment and Decision Making (Understanding how individuals make decisions under risk and uncertainty)
  • Behavioral Corporate Finance (Exploring the intersection of psychology in corporate finance decisions, i.e. Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Regulation and Public Policy (How behavioural economics can contribute to public policy, with specific interests in securities market regulation)


  • NSE Research Initiative: Reference Price Bias and Regulation: Evidence from Indian Mergers and Acquisitions, NSE Working Paper, March 2014
  • Research Officer, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission, Ministry of Finance Govt. of India, August 2011 – March 2013
  • IPO Process in India: Due Diligence by Merchant Bankers, Submitted to Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), December 2012


    Articles Published and Under Review

  • Ranganathan, K and Singh, P

    , “Anchoring in Mergers and Acquisitions: Does the Regulatory Environment Matter?” Under Review in Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, 2016

  • Berg, N., Prakhya, S and Ranganathan, K.

    ., “A satisficing approach to eliciting risk preferences” Under Review in Journal of Business Research, 2016

  • Ranganathan, K.

    , “Does Global Shapes of Utility Functions Matter for Investment Decisions?” Under Review in Bulletin of Economic Research, 2016

  • Ranganathan, K and Prakhya, S (2012),

     Global Shapes of Preference Scaling Functions,Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 24 (2), Sage Publication

  • Ranganathan, K(2006),

    The Fund Selection Behavior of Individual Investors towards Mutual Funds, The ICFAI Journal of Behavioral Finance, Vol. 3(2), ICFAI University Press

  • Work-in-Progress

  • Block Deals

    Market Reaction and Monitoring Role (with Poonam Singh)

  • Personal Values and Satisficing (with Srinivas Prakhya)

  • Satisficing Measures of Risk (with Nathan Berg and Srinivas Prakhya)

  • Description-Experience Gap in Decision-Making Approaches

  • Peer Reviewed Journal/Non Peer Reviewed Journal

  • Kavitha Ranganathan, Nathan Berg and Shrinivas Prakhya, A satisfying approach to eliciting risk preferences, Journal of business research, 2017, (Forthcoming) (ABDC-A).

Conference and Workshop Presentations:

  • Summer School on Theory and Methods in Psychology, Mannheim, Germany, August 2015
  • Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, June 2014
  • Cognition and Well Being (CoWell), Jacobs University, Germany, June 2014
  • India Finance Conference, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, December 2013
  • Asia Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics, National University of Singapore, July 2012
  • Workshop on Rationality, Decision and Evaluation held at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) from Dec. 10-14, 2012.
  • The Indian Econometric Society Conference, IGIDR, Mumbai, December 2013
  • Academy of Behavioral Finance (AOBF) conference, New York University, Sept. 2012
  • Society for Advancement in Behavioral Economics (SABE) Conference, July 2012
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics (BEELAB) Conference, University of Florence, April 2011
  • COSMAR Conference, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, 2011
  • Doctoral Colloquium, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), 2009
  • Indian Institute of Capital Markets Conference, Mumbai, 2005
  • Conference Paper Presentations

  • Kavitha Ranganathan, Block Deals, Market Reaction and Monitoring Role: Evidence from India., NSE-IGIDR conference on Corporate Governance, Mumbai, March 25-26, 2017.
  • Kavitha Ranganathan, Aditya Mohan Jadhav & Rashmi Narayana, Are heuristic-based mutual fund decisions efficient? Evidence from Indian Mutual Fund industry, TAPMI-MAX Planck Winter School on Bounded Rationality, January 13, 2017, 2016-17.
  • Kavitha Ranganathan,A satisficing approach of risk,Mannheim conference on Theories and Methods in Decision Making,Summer school,2015-16.
  • Kavitha Ranganathan,The 52 Week High Reference point effect in Indian Mergers and Acquisitions: Does the Regulatory Environment matter?,TAPMI-CSU Conference ,TAPMI,2015-16.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Best doctoral research paper award “A Satisficing Measure of Risk” at the Academy of Behavioral Economics and Finance (AOBF) conference held at New York University, 2012, and the COSMAR doctoral conference at IISc, Bangalore, 2011
  • Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality, Max Planck Institute of Human Development, 2014
  • Asia Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics, National University of Singapore, July 2012