Neelanjan Datta

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics at Cornell University. In June 2023, I will join the Department of Economic Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur as an Assistant Professor.

My research fields are Public Economics, Political Economy, and Macro-Development. I use both theoretical and empirical methods to address questions in fiscal policy design.

My primary strand of research explores the positive and normative aspects of the effects of financial and political distortions on firm and subnational fiscal outcomes. In my co-authored work, I have studied the role of information aggregation in designing optimal tax enforcement policy in different strategic settings.

Here is my CV. You can reach me at