anaka aiyar

Teaching philosophy

The ability to apply theories learnt in the classroom to understand real world phenomena allows us to identify problems and design workable solutions. This I believe, are important skills that a professor can impart to her students. I design my classes with three specific goals: I help students a) master theory and empirical tools, b) understand the merits and limits of theories and the tools, and c) apply the appropriate tools in gaining insight to real world phenomena. 

In order to ensure greater engagement with the content and hence facilitate greater learning, I 1) Create a safe learning environment, 2) Utilize multiple tools, in addition to tests, to evaluate students learning outcomes, 3) Mentor students.



Assistant Professor – Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno, 2020 - onwards

Health Economics,  Principles of Statistics II


seminars & conferences

Electronic Health Economics Colloquium (EHEC)

Online Agricultural and Resource Economics Seminar (OARES)

Virtual Development Economic Seminar Series (VDEV)

Find others that you like - AEA Online Seminars

Keep track of submission dates - Economics conferences - Anne Burton

Undergraduate research opportunities - Conferences, Internships & Publications (AEA)


early career development

Careers outside academia - CSWEP Career Development Seminar

Ask the Editors - OARES

Fireside chat with Editors - CSWEP Career Development Seminar

Networking - by Jess Hoel


research resources

Grants for economics graduate students - Anne Byrne

Intuition behind econometric methods - Marc Bellemare

Guide to write a referee report

Free Data

International health data resources - Sebastian Tello

All things India - Paul Novosad

Geospatial Data Repository (Global Climate Data) - Leah Bevis

District level agricultural, food and climate data, India - TCI & ICRISAT

US Covid19 Toolkit