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Namrata Kala is the W.Maurice Young (1961) Career Development Professor of Management and an Assistant Professor in Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She is an economist with research interests in environmental and development economics. Her current research projects include studying how firms and households learn about and adapt to environmental change and regulation, the returns to environmental technologies, and the returns to worker training and incentives.

From fall 2015 to 2017, Namrata was a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her PhD in environmental economics from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale. She also holds a BA (Honors) in Economics from Delhi University, and an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University.

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NBER appoints Kala as a Faculty Research Fellow

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"1807: Economic Shocks, Conflict and the Slave Trade."

Fenske, James, and Namrata Kala. Journal of Development Economics Vol. 126, (2017): 66-76.

"​Adaptation and Climate Change Impacts: A Structural Ricardian Model Of Irrigation And Farm Income In Africa."

Kurukulasuriya, Pradeep, Namrata Kala, and Robert Mendelsohn. Climate Change Economics Vol. 2, No. 2 (2011): 149-174.

"Booms, Busts, and Household Enterprise: Evidence from Coffee Farmers in Tanzania."

Adhvaryu, Achyuta, Namrata Kala, and Anant Nyshadham. World Bank Economic Review Vol. 35, No. 3 (2021): 586-603.

"Climate and the Slave Trade."

Fenske, James, and Namrata Kala. Journal of Development Economics Vol. 112, (2015): 19-32.

"Economies of Density and Congestion in Capital Rental Markets."

Caunedo, Julieta, Namrata Kala, and Haimeng Zhang, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6550-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, May 2021.

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