Quamrul Ashraf

Quamrul Ashraf

Assistant Professor of Economics

Office: Schapiro Hall Rm 312
E-mail: Quamrul.H.Ashraf@williams.edu
Tel: (413) 597-3051
Fax: (413) 597-4045
Department of Economics
Williams College
24 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267

Curriculum Vitae

IDEAS Author Page
SSRN Author Page
Google Scholar Citations

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Brown University, May 2009
M.A., Economics, Brown University, May 2004
B.A. (summa cum laude), Economics and Computer Science, Trinity College, May 1999

Research and Teaching Fields

Economic Growth and Development
Macroeconomics
Economic Demography
Agent-Based Computational Economics

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Climatic Fluctuations and the Diffusion of Agriculture (joint with Stelios Michalopoulos), Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Pre-print Version ]
[ Replication Files ]
Media Coverage: Breviosity

How Inflation Affects Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Investigation (joint with Boris Gershman and Peter Howitt), Macroeconomic Dynamics, Special Issue on Complexity in Economic Systems, forthcoming.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Pre-print Version ]
[ Replication Files | C++ Source Code ]

Genetic Diversity and the Origins of Cultural Fragmentation (joint with Oded Galor), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2013, 103(3), pp. 528—533.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Print Version | Online Appendix ]
[ Replication Files ]
Media Coverage: The Economist (Free Exchange)

The Effect of Fertility Reduction on Economic Growth (joint with David N. Weil and Joshua Wilde), Population and Development Review, March 2013, 39(1), pp. 97—130.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Print Version ]
Media Coverage: The Economist (Free Exchange) | The Economist (Feast and Famine)

The “Out of Africa” Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development (joint with Oded Galor), American Economic Review, February 2013, 103(1), pp. 1—46 [lead article].
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Print Version | Online Appendix]
[ Replication Files ]
Media Coverage: The Science Channel | Wilson Quarterly | Evolving Economics | AlertNet (Thomson Reuters) | El Mundo (in Spanish) | Chronicle of Higher Education | Motherboard | AEI | Nature (News & Comment) | Brown Daily Herald | Marginal Revolution | Science Magazine (Editor’s Choice) | Council on Foreign Relations | Gene Expression | Economic Logic | Upstart

Dynamics and Stagnation in the Malthusian Epoch (joint with Oded Galor), American Economic Review, August 2011, 101(5), pp. 2003—2041.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Print Version | Online Appendix ]
[ Replication Files ]
Media Coverage: Marginal Revolution

Isolation and Development (joint with Oded Galor and Ömer Özak), Journal of the European Economic Association, April/May 2010, 8(2-3), pp. 401—412.
[ Open-access Working Paper | Print Version ]
Media Coverage: Economic Logic

When Does Improving Health Raise GDP? (joint with Ashley Lester and David N. Weil), in Daron Acemoglu, Kenneth Rogoff, and Michael Woodford (eds.), NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2008, Vol. 23, pp. 157—204, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper | Print Version ]
Media Coverage: The New York Times (Economix) | The Economist (Economics Focus)

Current Working Papers

The Nature of Civil Conflict (joint with Eren Arbatli and Oded Galor), September 2013, Working Paper 2013-15, Brown University, Department of Economics. Under revision.
[ Open-access Working Paper ]

Cultural Diversity, Geographical Isolation, and the Origin of the Wealth of Nations (joint with Oded Galor), December 2011, NBER Working Paper 17640. Under revision.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper ]
Media Coverage: Policymic | The Atlantic Cities | The Wall Street Journal (Real Time Economics)

Banks, Market Organization, and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis (joint with Boris Gershman and Peter Howitt), June 2011, NBER Working Paper 17102. Revision requested by the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
[ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper ]
Media Coverage: Bloomberg

Selected Research in Progress

The Evolution of Individual Property Rights in the Process of Development (joint with Francesco Cinnirella, Oded Galor, Boris Gershman, and Erik Hornung), in progress.

The Road to Freedom: Industrialization and Slavery in the Antebellum U.S. South (joint with Oded Galor and Boris Gershman), in progress.

The Neolithic Revolution and the Long-Run Dynamics of the World Productivity Distribution (joint with Oded Galor), in progress.

Population Diversity, Colonial Migrations, and the “Reversal of Fortune” in Long-Run Development (joint with Gregory Casey and Oded Galor), in progress.

“Subnational Genetic Diversity and Comparative Economic Development: An Ethnicity-Level Analysis (joint with Oded Galor and Marc Klemp), in progress.

On the Deep-Rooted Origins of Heterogeneity in Political Preferences (joint with Oded Galor and Marc Klemp), in progress.

Divided by Diversity: Genetic Diversity and the Roots of Mistrust in Human Societies (joint with Oded Galor and Marc Klemp), in progress.

Commentary and Other Writings

The “Out of Africa” Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development: A Response to Commonly Raised Criticisms (joint with Oded Galor), June 2014.
[ Link to Response ]

Macroeconomics in a Self-Organizing Economy (joint with Boris Gershman and Peter Howitt), in Jean-Luc Gaffard and Mauro Napoletano (eds.), Agent-Based Models and Economic Policy, Revue de l’OFCE: Debates and policies, October 2012, 124, pp. 43—65.
[ Link to Article | Link to Comment and Reply ]

Response to Comments made in a Letter by Guedes et al. on “The ‘Out of Africa’ Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development” (joint with Oded Galor), October 2012.
[ Link to Response ]

The “Out of Africa” Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development (joint with Oded Galor), Vox EU, August 1, 2011.
[ Link to Article ]

Cultural Assimilation, Cultural Diffusion, and the Origin of the Wealth of Nations (joint with Oded Galor), Vox EU, September 13, 2007.
[ Link to Article ]