Research Economist and Research Assistant Professor
Srikant Devaraj, PhD, is a research economist and research assistant professor in the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Ball State University. Devaraj earned a doctorate in economics from Indiana University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2016 with fields in applied econometrics, health economics, and health informatics (minor). His research focuses on public policy, business and economics, regional economics, and health/health services/behavioral outcomes. Devaraj is also currently a co-chair for the Indiana State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup.
Devaraj has published in several academic journals, such as Applied Economics, Small Business Economics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, Family Business Review, Social Science and Medicine, PLOS One, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, American Heart Journal, and European Journal of Heart Failure, to name a few. His research has been covered by CNN, CBS, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR’s “Morning Edition”, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Indianapolis Star, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Science, The Hill, Marginal Revolution blog, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, and many national/international news outlets.
Devaraj received the “Best unpublished research paper” award from Family Firm Institute in 2016. He has been a recipient of the Extraordinary Year Award for the Miller College of Business, Ball State University in 2017. He was also a recipient of the Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper Award from Association for University Business and Economic Research in 2019. He also received the faculty research award for excellence in pedagogical, policy or practice scholarship from Miller College of Business, Ball State University in 2021.
In addition to his doctorate, Devaraj also holds master’s degrees in information and communication sciences and business administration from Ball State University. His bachelor’s degree is in mechanical engineering from the University of Madras (India). He is also a PMI-certified project management professional (PMP). Prior to joining Ball State CBER, he was a graduate research assistant for the Center for Media Design at Ball State. He also worked as a project engineer at VA Tech Wabag Ltd (India) for three years in the field of project management.