Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Namrata Kala is an Assistant Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research interests include development and environmental economics, and organizational economics.
Recent work by Namrata Kala
How railways impact the growth of cities: Evidence from colonial India
Railways encouraged the growth of cities in colonial India and market access helps explain why
Articles : Infrastructure & Urbanisation
Easing contracting frictions with machines: Evidence from India
Mechanisation standardises output and lowers supervision needs for hired labour, freeing owners’ families to engage in profitable off-farm activities
How managerial autonomy improves firm outcomes: Evidence from India
Greater managerial autonomy for state-owned enterprises leads to higher sales, profits, and value added, with no negative employment effects
The economic and political consequences of India’s demonetisation
Despite BJP’s demonetisation policy having some negative economic impacts in India, why did they win the Uttar Pradesh state election?
Articles : Institutions & Political Economy
The skills to pay the bills: Returns to on-the-job soft skills training
In a randomised controlled trial in India, the returns to a firm’s investment in worker soft skill training were nearly 250% after nine months