Quamrul H. Ashraf

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

On leave during spring 2017


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
    • Political economy
    • Macroeconomics
    • Economic Demography
    • Agent-Based Computational Economics


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

ECON 378(S)

Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth

ECON 459(S)

Economics of Institutions

ECON 501(F)

Economic Growth and Development

Scholarship/Creative Work

Profiles @ IDEAS, SSRN, CitEc, and Google Scholar

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Current Working Papers

Selected Works in Progress

  • Industrialization and Slavery in the Antebellum U.S. South (joint with Boris Gershman), in progress.

  • The Neolithic Revolution and the Long-Run Dynamics of the World Productivity Distribution (joint with 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.

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

Commentary and Other Writings

  • Deep Roots of Comparative Development (joint with Oded Galor), in Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou (eds.), The Long Economic and Political Shadow of History, Volume I. A Global View, January 2017, pp. 19–50, London: CEPR Press.
    [ Link to Book Chapter ]

  • 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), VoxEU.org, August 1, 2011.
    [ Link to Article ]

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

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

  • National Science Foundation, Award No. SES 1338738 (2013–2015)
  • Oakley Center Fellows Program Research Grant, Williams College (2016–2017)
  • Class of 1957 Summer Research Assistant Program Grant, Williams College (2010–2016)
  • Hellman Fellows Program Research Grant, Williams College (2012–2013)
  • Henry George Summer Research Grant, Williams College (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 2017)
  • ECON 120 Principles of Macroeconomics (Spring 2016)
  • ECON 378 Long-Run Perspectives on Economic Growth (Fall 2016)
  • ECON 459 Economics of Institutions (Spring 2016)
  • ECON 501 Economic Growth and Development (Fall 2016)