Quamrul Ashraf

Quamrul Ashraf

Assistant Professor of Economics

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

Curriculum Vitae

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 ]
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 ]

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 | Published Version ]
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 | Published 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 | Published Version ]
Media Coverage: 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 | Published Version ]
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 | Published 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 | Published Version ]
Media Coverage: The New York Times (Economix) | The Economist (Economics Focus)

Working Papers

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

Research in Progress

The Nature of Civil Conflict (joint with Eren Arbatli and Oded Galor), 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 (joint with Gregory Casey and Oded Galor), in progress.

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

Geographical Isolation, Endogenous Technological Progress, and the Long-Run Dynamics of Cross-Country Comparative Development (joint with Oded Galor and Ömer Özak), in progress.

Commentary and Other Writings

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 ]

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 ]