Namrata Narain

Hello! I am a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Professor Claudia Goldin at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Harvard University Department of Economics. I am also an incoming Non-Resident Tutor in Economics at my favorite D-Haus.

I am interested in labor economics of the Kaur, Kremer, and Mullainathan variety. Some cool questions: What makes workers productive? How binding are contracts on human behavior? (Alternatively, how effective are contracts at motivating effort?) Why do so few women in India work? How do workers find jobs? Can lower skilled workers be trained effectively to get and retain good jobs? Might the lower outcomes for minorities be driven by worker discrimination? Can we measure how workers value their time? Does a worker's quality of work depend on her workplace?

More generally, I am interested in the origin and evolution of culture and institutions.


I studied Applied Mathematics at Harvard University and graduated cum laude in 2015. Post undergrad, I went to the London School of Economics and got my M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics in 2016 (alumni profile here). From June 2016 to February 2018, I worked at the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard.

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My email address is nnarains [at] gmail [dot] com.