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Vikram Ahuja

Contact Information

(812) 855-9219
vahuja [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
Business School

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  • Bloomington


  • PhD (Business Economics), Kelley School of Business; Indiana University, Expected 2014
  • BA (Economics, Summa Cum Laude), Thammasat University, 2008

Professional Experience

  • Instructor at Kelley School of Business; Indiana University (2012-Present)
  • Instructor at Kaplan Test Prep International (2010-2014)
  • Guest Instructor at Assumption College (2009)
  • Program Director at’s College Admission Test Prep (2004-2009)
  • Associate at Krung Thai Bank PCL (2009-2010)
  • Researcher at Custom Asia (2008-2009)
  • Analyst at Exxon Mobil Corp. (2008-2009)

Professional Interests

Industrial Organization, Microeconomics, Game Theory, Marketing, and Management

Current Projects

  • Vikram Ahuja, “Generalized Contests, Asymmetries, and Spillovers: Equilibrium Effort and Conditions for the Level Playing Field Principle.”
  • Vikram Ahuja, “Self- and Rival-Directed Effort in Contests.”
  • Vikram Ahuja, “Internal Promotion or External Hiring? A Dynamic Theory of Contests.”
  • Vikram Ahuja and Dmitry Lubensky, “Inducing Teamwork in Rank-Order Tournaments.”
  • Vikram Ahuja, “Inter-organizational Coopetition: A Game Theoretic Approach.”
  • Vikram Ahuja and Dmitry Lubensky, “Optimal Budget-Constrained Design.”


Vikram Ahuja is a doctoral candidate in Business Economics and Public Policy with a minor in Marketing. He joined the Business Economics and Public Policy department in 2010. His research interests include contests, contract theory, and marketing. All of his work has been presented at professional conferences such as the Tournaments, Contests, and Relative Performance Evaluations Conference, the Midwest Economic Theory conference, and the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting. Besides his research, Vikram has taught G300 Introduction to Managerial Economics, G345 Money, Banking, and Capital Markets, and G100 Business in the Information Age. Vikram has also served as a teaching assistant in G400 Capstone in Economic Consulting. In 2014, Vikram was nominated for the Panchar Teaching Award for Associate Instructors. In his free time, Vikram enjoys cooking, wine tasting, watching soccer, and playing table tennis. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Vikram worked as an associate at Krung Thai Bank PCL and ExxonMobil and as a research associate at Custom Asia Co., Ltd. He obtained a B.A. (Economics, Summa Cum Laude) from Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008.