Sanchaita Hazra
Department of Economics
University of Utah

I am a PhD student in Economics at the University of Utah. My research interests are behavioral economics, experimental economics (Lab/Field), and applied microeconomics. Currently, I am fortunate to work with Prof. Subhasish Dugar and Prof. Haimanti Bhattacharya. Previosuly, I have been mentored by Prof. Priyodarshi Banerjee and Prof. Saibal Kar.

I focus on understanding the learning effects and ability of deception detection with experience using neoclassical methods. Furthermore, I plan to explore how humans perceive and benefit from AI and technology, acting as assistive agents, in education, marketplaces, and political scenarios.

Previously, I worked as a statistician at DeepFlux and research assistant at ISI Kolkata. In 2021, I was also a Guest Lecturer at Women's Christian College.

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Experience, Learning and the Detection of Deception
with Priyodarshi Banerjee and Sanmitra Ghosh
Published, July 2023
Journal of Economic Criminology
paper | slides

Deceptive communication or behavior can inflict loss, making it important to be able to distinguish these from trustworthy ones. This article pursues the hypothesis that repeated exposure or experience can cause learning and hence better detection of deception. We investigate using data culled from events in a TV game show. Decision-makers in the show repeatedly faced situations where they had to correctly identify an individual from within a group all claiming to be that individual. Increased experience reduced average detection error in the sample. Analysis of the data suggested this relationship was significant and driven by learning.

Funding Fanny - Microfinance and Empowerment of Women in India
with Sanchita San
Bachelors Thesis
Oral presentation at International Conference on Sustainable Development and Education, 2020
Oral presentation at Research Scholar's Workshop 2020, Visva-Bharati


Women make up a substantial majority of India's poor and they are the cruelest victims of the society. Organizing women through Self Help Groups and equipping them to undertake income-generating activities through the formation of microenterprises have created an economic revolution in the country. The paper focuses on the scope and rationale of microfinance in India and how the Self Help Group-Bank Linkage Programme by NABARD has played its part in empowering rural women financially. We find positive increase in loan disbursements, but sheer increase in loan outstanding over a period of ten years.

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