Economics and Decision Sciences

Haritima ChauhanHaritima Chauhan Headshot Photo
Assistant Professor of Economics and Applied Statistics

Stipes Hall 430L

Ph.D. Economics, Northern Illinois University, 2018, Essays on the Effects of Consumer and Investor Sentiments on Asset Markets and the Macroeconomy
M.A. Economics, Northern Illinois University

M.B.A Finance, IBS Mumbai, India

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Dr. Chauhan joined Western Illinois University in 2018. She is an applied economist interested in studying behavior.  Her research explores diverse topics such as sentiment analysis in financial markets, economics of lying, role of consumer preferences in explaining financial and macroeconomic fluctuations, and examining the effects of economic events on scale economies, productivity growth and efficiency of industries.

She has experience with various causal econometric models, time series forecasting, deep learning and machine learning algorithms, textual analytics, and optimization. She teaches courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, Python programming, visualization and big data.  Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Chauhan worked in the banking and insurance industry and has also worked with several Fortune 500 companies across sectors advising on a variety of business problems including revenue forecasting,  predictive modeling, inventory optimization, predictive maintenance, entity segmentation,  supplier selection, performance and bargaining solutions. Dr. Chauhan is also a founding member of the Behavioral Economics and Organization Research Group (BEORG). 

Selected Publications

  • Babin, JJ, Chauhan, HS. "Revisiting Erat and Gneezy’s White Lies Paradigm " (2024, forthcoming Journal of Economic Psychology ).
  • Babin JJ, Chauhan, HS, and Kistler, SL (2024). "When Pretty Hurts: Beauty Premia and Penalties in eSports Contracts." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 217, pp. 726-741 .

Upper Division and Graduate Course Responsibilities

  • Decision Sciences 533: Applied Business Forecasting and Planning
  • Decision Sciences 521: Data Visualization
  • Economics 487G: Econometrics
  • Decision Sciences 485G: Big Data for Decision Analytics  
  • Decision Sciences 489G: Seminar in Contextual Business Analytics **NEW Forthcoming
  • Economics 408G: Economic Decision Making for Managers
  • Decision Sciences 303: Applied Business Forecasting and Regression Analysis