Namrata Kala


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Namrata Kala is an Associate 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.


NBER appoints Kala as a Faculty Research Fellow


"​Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity."

Adhvaryu, Achyuta, Namrata Kala, and Anant Nyshadham. Journal of Political Economy. Forthcoming. NBER.

"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.

"Mechanizing Agriculture."

Caunedo, Julieta, and Namrata Kala, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6549-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, July 2021.

"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.

"Linguistic Distance and Market Integration in India."

Fenske, James, and Namrata Kala. Journal of Economic History Vol. 81, No. 1 (2021): 1-39.

"The Light and the Heat: Productivity Co-benefits of Energy-saving Technology."

Adhvaryu, Achyuta, Namrata Kala, and Anant Nyshadham. Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 102, No. 4 (2020): 779-792. NBER Preprint.

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