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Dr. Sougata Poddar

Associate Professor, Clinical Faculty
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Expertise: Industrial Organization; Strategic Behavior of Firms; Spatial Competition; Patent Licensing; Applied Game Theory; Copyright Violations & IPR Protections
Indian Statistical Institute, Bachelor of Science
Indian Statistical Institute, Master of Science
Universite Catholique de Louvain, and CORE (Belgium), Ph.D.


Sougata received his PhD in Economics from Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Sougata has taught Economics in various leading universities worldwide for several years. He had held faculty positions at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, National University of Singapore (NUS), IGIDR in India, Hanyang University in South Korea, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand, and University of Redlands in USA.

His areas of research interest are in Applied Microeconomic Theory and Industrial Organization. He has published widely in the Copyright Issues and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Economics of Digital Piracy, Patent Licensing in Spatial Models, and Competition Policy. His publications appeared in Economic Theory, Economics Letters, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Oxford Economic Papers, European Journal of Political Economy, Economics Record, Economic Modelling, Review of Industrial Organization, Manchester School, Economics Bulletin and in many others. He was a guest editor of Singapore Economic Review and New Zealand Economic papers.

Presently, Sougata's main research focus is to understand and analyze the impact of consumer behavior, firm strategies, emerging technologies and technology trends in the decision-making process of firms and organizations; and its relation to Copyright, IPR policy and Innovation.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

'To sell or not to sell’: Licensing versus Selling by an Outside Innovator (joint with Swapnendu Banerjee). Accepted in Economic Modelling, August, 2018.