Namrata Kala

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.

Content by Namrata Kala
  • Project

    How do environmental firm relocation policies affect firms, workers, and environmental quality?

    Private sector productivity growth has increased significantly since the early 1990s in India (Bollard et al, 2013). An important proportion of these productivity gains have been attributed to lower regulatory barriers and increased access to trading opportunities. A significant source of regulation in India that has been relatively understudied in terms of its impacts on...

    18 Dec 2019 | Namrata Kala, Michael Gechter

  • Project

    The impact of formal mechanisation access on agricultural productivity and informal rental markets

    Agriculture remains central for the livelihood of a large portion of the population in developing countries, employing nearly 60% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa and 750 million people in South Asia alone (World Bank, 2018). With increasing land fragmentation over time – average land holdings in India declined from 1.2 hectares to 1.08 hectares between 2010 and...

    17 Dec 2019 | Julieta Caunedo, Namrata Kala

  • Blog post

    The economic and political consequences of India’s demonetisation

    The ruling party at the centre won the Uttar Pradesh state election despite its demonetisation policy having some negative economic impacts on the Indian economy. By combining primary data from surveys of wholesale and retail traders, with secondary data on wholesale markets, this column seeks to analyse why this was so. Experiments in macroeconomic policy are rare. One...

    31 Jul 2017 | Abhijit Banerjee, Namrata Kala

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Management and shocks to worker productivity

    13 Jan 2017 | Achyuta Adhvaryu, Namrata Kala, Anant Nyshadham

  • Project

    The impact of climate and pollution on worker productivity: Evidence from a garment factory in India

    This study aims to answer the following research questions: What is the impact of air pollution on worker productivity and other labour outcomes (attendance, tardiness, and attrition)? What is the impact of climate conditions (temperature and humidity) on worker productivity and other labour outcomes? Is resilience to temperature and air pollution heterogeneous...

    11 Jan 2016 | Achyuta Adhvaryu, Namrata Kala, Anant Nyshadham