Gautam Gowrisankaran

Professor, Department of Economics

Professor, Department of Marketing

Gautam Gowrisankaran is the Arizona Public Service Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona. He obtained his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1995. Prof. Gowrisankaran has served as a regular or visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Universidad de los Andes (Chile), the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis (among others) and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Gowrisankaran has researched extensively on hospital competition and quality, consumer durable goods markets, network effects, and the economics of renewable energy, among other topics. Prof. Gowrisankaran’s work has been published in leading economics and health services journals including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, and Health Affairs. His research has been featured in media outlets ranging from the Chicago Tribune to Associated Press and he has appeared as a television panelist for Arizona Public Media and other live media sources. He has served as principal investigator on four National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, and one grant each from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Commonwealth Fund. He is currently on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review and is an Associate Editor of the International Economic Review and the Journal of Business and Economics Statistics. Prof. Gowrisankaran is frequently invited to present his work at seminars and to give keynote speeches. In 2014, these included invited seminars at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Iowa, and the University of Toronto, and an invited lecture at the Latin American Meetings of the Econometric Society (São Paulo, Brazil). Prof. Gowrisankaran has served as a consultant in several antitrust cases, working with the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state Attorneys General and private firms. He has provided expert testimony in antitrust and regulatory cases involving Microsoft, Telstra, and LCD panel makers. Much of Prof. Gowrisankaran’s recent research has focused on the economics of renewable energy and understanding consumer behavior with respect to energy efficiency. In a forthcoming article in the Journal of Political Economy (written jointly with Mario Samano and Stan Reynolds), Prof. Gowrisankaran evaluates the social costs of large-scale solar power in Arizona, also seeking to understand how these costs would change with greater geographic dispersion of solar facilities and higher fractions of customers on real-time pricing contracts. Importantly, Prof. Gowrisankaran makes the case that an economic analysis here – that takes into account the fact that the greater variability in energy output with large-scale renewables may also necessitate changes in reserve operations and demand-side management – is important here in appropriately valuing renewable energy. Prof. Gowrisankaran is currently working on understanding the linkage between capacity markets and increased renewable energy penetration.


  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1995