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Wednesday Research Seminar Series - A Tale of Two Cities: COVID Transmission in Mumbai and London

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START DATE 14 October 2020


END DATE 14 October 2020

We are pleased to invite you to our Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held online on 14 October from 4pm via Microsoft team platform.  

Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 275 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Prof. Ajit will deliver seminar on:

“A Tale of Two Cities: COVID Transmission in Mumbai and London”

Ajit Karnik


This seminar contributes to the research on the COVID pandemic stalking many countries of the world. The focus of the paper is on the spread of COVID cases in the cities of Mumbai and London. Employing the approach of the theory of public goods, the pandemic is viewed as such a “good”, albeit one that bestows negative benefits on those who “consume” it. Specifically, the pandemic in the two cities is considered as a local public “bad” with spillover effects across geographical regions (wards or boroughs) of each city. Spatial econometric models using panel data are used to estimate these spillovers. A measure of spatial dependence is estimated over time and across areas of the two cities. The results show that spatial dependence is increasing over time, which is cause for concern as cities increasingly open up for economic and social activities


Ajit Karnik is Professor of Economics. He was previously Professor of Political Economy before assuming the role of Director of the Department of Economics at the University of Mumbai, and served as Professor of Economics at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. He has been Indo-American Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (USA), Overseas Visiting Fellow at St John’s College (Cambridge University, UK), Fulbright Scholar at the Haas Business School, University of California (USA) and Smuts Fellow at Wolfson College (Cambridge University, UK). He teaches across areas spanning Econometrics, Introductory and Advanced Economics, Marketing Research, Operations Strategy, Research Methods, and Trade and Multinational Enterprises. To date he has supervised the dissertations of 11 PhD students, 5 MPhil students, 25 MA students, 10 MSc Banking and Finance students, and over 75 MBA students.

Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!

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