Quamrul H. Ashraf

Quamrul H. Ashraf
Associate Professor of Economics
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Schapiro Hall Rm 312
At Williams since 2009

Office Hours: By appointment

Education

B.A. Trinity College, Economics & Computer Science (1999)
M.A. Brown University, Economics (2004)
Ph.D. Brown University, Economics (2009)

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ECON 378(F)

Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth

ECON 459

Economics of Institutions

ECON 501(F)

Economic Growth and Development

Scholarship/Creative Work

Research Pages @ IDEAS, SSRN, and Google Scholar

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Current Working Papers

  • The Macrogenoeconomics of Comparative Development (joint with Oded Galor), March 2016, Williams College, Department of Economics, Working Paper 2016-02. Under preparation for the Journal of Economic Literature.
    [ Open-access Working Paper ]
    Media Coverage: Evolving Economics

  • Banks, Market Organization, and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis (joint with Boris Gershman and Peter Howitt), November 2015, Williams College, Department of Economics, Working Paper 2011-03. Revision resubmitted to the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
    [ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper ]
    Media Coverage: Bloomberg

  • The Nature of Conflict (joint with Eren Arbatli and Oded Galor), August 2015, Williams College, Department of Economics, Working Paper 2015-08. Revision requested by Econometrica.
    [ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper ]
    Media Coverage: Worldcrunch

  • Heterogeneity and Productivity (joint with Oded Galor and Marc Klemp), April 2015, Brown University, Department of Economics, Working Paper 2015-4. Under revision.
    [ Open-access Working Paper ]

  • The “Out of Africa” Hypothesis of Comparative Development Reflected by Nighttime Light Intensity (joint with Oded Galor and Marc Klemp), April 2014, Brown University, Department of Economics, Working Paper 2014-4.
    [ 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.
    [ Open-access Working Paper | NBER Working Paper ]
    Media Coverage: Mic | The Atlantic | Wall Street Journal (Real Time Economics)

Selected Works in Progress

  • From Serfdom to Freedom: The Economic Origins of the Emancipation of Labor (joint with Francesco Cinnirella, Oded Galor, Boris Gershman, and Erik Hornung), in progress.

  • The Road to Emancipation: 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.

  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • Reply to Comments by Alan Kirman on “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. 13a–14a.
    [ 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 ]

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

  • National Science Foundation, Award No. SES 1338738 (2013–2015)
  • Class of 1957 Summer Student Research Assistant Program Grant (2010–2015)
  • Hellman Fellows Program Grant (2012–2013)
  • Henry George Summer Research Grant (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Economic Association
  • The Econometric Society

Selected Work Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (2012–2013)
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for International Development, Harvard University (2012–2013)
  • Short-term Consultant, The World Bank (2012)

Course Syllabi

  • ECON 058 Growth Diagnostics (Winter Study 2016)
  • ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics (Spring 2016)
  • ECON 378 Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth (Fall 2015)
  • ECON 459 Economics of Institutions (Spring 2016)
  • ECON 501 Development Economics I (Fall 2015)

Current Committees

Honor and Discipline Committee