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Namrata Kala
Harvard University
kala@fas.harvard.edu
Namrata Kala has been a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Starting Fall 2017, she will be joining the MIT Sloan School of Management as Assistant Professor in the Applied Economics group. Her research interests include development and environmental economics, and environmental history.

Articles By Namrata Kala
The economic and political consequences of India’s demonetisation
Posted On: 26 Jul 2017


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.
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The hidden productivity benefits of energy-saving technology: Evidence from LEDs in Indian factories
Posted On: 03 Oct 2016


Energy-efficient technologies are an increasingly relevant policy priority, given growing consensus on the need to tackle climate change. This column examines the productivity benefits of adopting one such technology – LED lighting – for manufacturing firms in India. It finds that improved productivity resulting from LED lighting’s lower heat emissions makes adopting such technology far less costly than previous anticipated, particularly for labour-intensive firms in hot climates.
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