Amit Khandelwal

Professor Amit Khandelwal is a Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. His research focuses on the link between international trade and economic development. He is a Co-Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and holds affiliations at the NBER, IGC and BREAD. He received a PhD in economics from Yale University in 2007.

Content by Amit Khandelwal
  • Project

    Quality upgrading in Myanmar's rice sector

    Linking developing countries’ agricultural producers to foreign markets often requires upgrading product quality (Gereffi (1999), Verhoogen (2008), Atkin et al. (2017)). Typical interventions seek to target a single point along the chain, such as improving fertiliser access to farmers or providing processors credit to upgrade technology. For agricultural goods, achieving...

    10 Dec 2019 | David Atkin, Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Meredith Startz

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Doing Special Economic Zones right: A policy framework

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become a popular policy instrument around the world. Encouraged by the success stories of SEZs in the 1980s and 1990s in East Asia, policymakers in the developing world increasingly see them as a way to easily promote industrial development, attract foreign investment, and stimulate job creation. However, results have not always lived up...

    5 Nov 2019 | Matei Alexianu, Moussa Saab, Matthieu Teachout, Amit Khandelwal

  • Project

    Reducing language frictions in Myanmar

    Language barriers hinder operational efficiency, for instance, meetings take longer to complete, there are frequent misunderstandings between foreign and domestic managers and communications are poor. The IGC project 'Spillovers from Special Economic Zones: Micro-evidence from the Myanmar' revealed that, on average, Myanmar managers spend 34% of conversation time on...

    11 Oct 2019 | Rocco Macchiavello, Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Louise Guillouet

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Mapping urbanisation in India with satellite imagery

    Satellite images provide a promising source of data for measuring urbanisation: It provides higher spatial and temporal resolution than administrative data. This project uses remotely sensed data to detect urban markets in India for 2013 (accessible via the Google Earth Engine). We find that landcover-based markets detected from daytime satellite imagery are...

    11 Oct 2019 | Kathryn Baragwanath Vogel, Ran Goldblatt, Gordon Hanson, Amit Khandelwal

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Detecting urban markets with satellite imagery: An application to India

    12 Apr 2019 | Kathryn Baragwanath Vogel, Ran Goldblatt, Gordon Hanson, Amit Khandelwal

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Learning from Thilawa Special Economic Zone (Burmese version)

    15 Mar 2018 | Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Matthieu Teachout, Sang Hyun Park, Paing Thu Htet

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Learning from Thilawa Special Economic Zone

    Firms in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have created around 5,000 jobs inside the zone as of 1 February 2018. Analysis suggests that the most important benefit for workers in the zone is the knowledge and skills they acquire on the job. This benefit is even more important among managers, suggesting that knowledge transfers from workers transitioning to companies...

    15 Mar 2018 | Amit Khandelwal, Rocco Macchiavello, Matthieu Teachout, Sang Hyun Park, Paing Thu Htet

  • Project

    Mapping the urban world: Integrating high-resolution satellite imagery and night light data

    Tracking how an economy allocates resources across space and time is difficult. Reliable data sources, particularly from developing countries, are scarce. Those that do exist (e.g., population censuses) are typically measured at low frequencies, difficult to obtain, hard to compare across countries, and available only for coarse spatial units (e.g., districts or counties)....

    12 Oct 2017 | Gordon Hanson, Amit Khandelwal, Ran Goldblatt

  • Project

    Understanding low productivity in developing countries: Evidence from the airline industry

    Economists have long been interested in documenting and explaining the gap in productivity between developing and developed countries. Understanding the determinants of low productivity in the developing world is important not just for economists. This knowledge is vital for policymakers in government, our primary stakeholders, in order to guide the design of industrial...

    31 Jul 2017 | David Atkin, Amit Khandelwal

  • Project

    Spillovers from Special Economic Zones: Micro evidence from Myanmar

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are becoming an increasingly popular policy tool to spur job creation and economic development in Myanmar. However, there is little knowledge on how to best leverage their unique advantages. This IGC project evaluated the performance of the only operational SEZ in Myanmar, the Thilawa SEZ. With the Thilawa SEZ management team, it also...

    28 Jul 2017 | Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Rocco Macchiavello

  • Project

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Myanmar

    Since 2010, the Myanmar government has implemented a broad platform of political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and increasing the country’s participation in the global economy. One objective of these reforms is to bring about structural change that makes Myanmar more reliant on the manufacturing sector.  A central component of this strategy is the...

    20 May 2016 | Amit Khandelwal

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    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Myanmar

    Since 2010, the Myanmar government has implemented a broad platform of political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and increasing the country’s participation in the global economy. One objective of these reforms is to bring about structural change that makes Myanmar more reliant on the manufacturing sector.  A central component of this strategy is the...

    4 Apr 2016 | Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout

  • Project

    Evidence from a randomised experiment in Pakistan

    Spillovers between firms, and in particular technology spillovers, play a central role in many theories of economic growth and provide the economic rationale for many industrial policies. Despite the centrality of such in theoretical and policy discussions of the growth process, the empirical evidence for their existence is weak. Our research aims to provide rigorous,...

    10 Oct 2014 | David Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, Amit Khandelwal, Eric Verhoogen

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Growth Week 2014: Research Session - Trade

    6 Oct 2014

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Organisational barriers to technology adoption: Evidence from soccer-ball producers in Pakistan (Policy Brief)

    Spillovers between firms are key to generating economic benefit according to some theories of economic growth. It is often thought interventions such as further investment and industrial policy are needed to reach the socially optimum amount of investment and overcome coordination failures. However, empirical evidence for technology spillovers is weak. Research...

    1 May 2014 | David Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, Amit Khandelwal, Eric Verhoogen

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Organizational Barriers to Technology Adoption: Evidence from Soccer-Ball Producers in Pakistan (Working Paper)

    1 May 2014 | David Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, Amit Khandelwal, Eric Verhoogen