Rene Saran

Social Sciences (Economics)

Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Professor Saran completed his BA (Hons) in 2000 from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and his MA in 2002 from Delhi School of Economics. Later, in 2002, he came to the US to pursue a PhD in Economics from Brown University. After receiving a PhD in 2007, he began an Assistant Professorship in Economics at Maastricht University in the Netherland.

Research Interests

Professor Saran is an economic theorist with interests in microeconomics and game theory. Broadly, he is interested in human behaviour and its consequences for social and economic problems. Until now, he has researched on topics in mechanism design, learning in games, and political economy. A significant part of his research is situated at the interstices of disciplinary boundaries, for while he uses economic methodology, he also draws upon the results and engages with the questions posed in the disciplines of psychology and political science. Professor Saran has published aspects of his work in different journals, including Games and Economics Behavior and Journal of Economic Theory.

Teaching and Residential Life

At Maastricht University, Professor Saran taught many courses within the area of microeconomics at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and co-supervised PhD students.

On Joining Yale-NUS College

I am excited about the interdisciplinary nature of the work environment at Yale-NUS College. Yale-NUS College offers a unique opportunity to reimagine teaching through interdisciplinary conversations between faculty members. At the same time, these conversations are bound to generate synergies and questions in research that may have hitherto remained unexplored. 

I hope to enthuse students about economic theory by sharing with them insights on social and economic problems that we have gained through models employing theoretical methodology. More broadly, I am excited to bring my experiences, living, learning and teaching in diverse cultural settings, to students at Yale-NUS, as we encourage them to engage with and traverse lived and imagined boundaries.

Singapore has occupied a significant place in the world economy as an important financial and cultural centre, which has shaped its current multiracial society. I look forward to teaching and conducting research in such a dynamic socio-economic environment with a diverse student body.