Erika Deserranno
Erika Deserranno

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Print Overview

Professor Deserranno joined the Kellogg faculty in 2015 after receiving her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. Her research interests lie at the intersection between development and personnel economics. She is working on issues related to the selection, recruitment and motivation of workers both in private and public organizations. 

Areas of Expertise
Development Economics
Labor Economics
Economics of Organizations
Experimental Economics

Print Vita
Ph.D., 2015, Economics, London School of Economics
MRes, 2008, Economics, London School of Economics, Distinction
MSc, 2008, Economics and Social Sciences, Bocconi University, Summa Cum Laude
BSc, 2006, Business Engineering, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School, Distinction

Academic Positions
Teaching Fellow, London School of Economics, 2013-2015
Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics, 2010-2014
Teaching Assistant, Bocconi University, 2008-2009

Honors and Awards
BSF Grant
Certificate of Impact Teaching Award
John Hicks Prize for an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
Teaching Excellence Award, LSE
Best Paper Award on Public Organizations, Unicredit, 2014
Teaching Fellowship, London School of Economics, 2013-2015
Department of Economics Scholarship, London School of Economics, 2009-2013
Quota Award, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 2009-2013
IGC Grant, International Growth Centre, 2013
ATAI Grant, Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative, 2012
Giovanna Crivelli Scholarship, Unicredit, 2010-2011
Marco Fanno Scholarship, Associazione Marco Fanno, 2008-2009
Best Master Thesis Award, Fondazione Franceschi, 2008

Editorial Positions
Referee, Journal of Law Economics and Organization, 2018
Referee, American Journal of Political Science, 2017
Referee, European Economic Review, 2016
Referee, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2016
Referee, Journal of Labor Economics, 2017
Referee, Journal of Public Economics, 2017
Referee, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017
Referee, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017
Referee, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2017
Referee, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017
Referee, American Economic Review, 2017
Referee, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017
Referee, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018
Referee, Review of Economics Studies, 2017
Referee, American Economic Review, 2018

Print Research
Research Interests

Development Economics, Personnel Economics, Labor Economics

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Business Analytics II (DECS-431-0)

This core course is equivalent to the course DECS-440 (MMM Business Analytics).

This sequel to DECS-430 extends the statistical techniques learned in that course to allow for the exploration of relationships between variables, primarily through multivariate regression. In addition to learning basic regression skills, including modeling and estimation, students will deepen their understanding of hypothesis testing and how to make inferences and predictions from data. Students will also learn new principles such as identification and robustness. The course has an intense focus on managerial relevant applications, cases and interpretations.

Field Study (DECS-498-0)
Field Studies include those opportunities outside of the regular curriculum in which a student is working with an outside company or non-profit organization to address a real-world business challenge for course credit under the oversight of a faculty member.

Political Economy IV: Topics in Development Economics (MECS-540-4)
This course introduces PhD students to three important topics within development economics and political economy. This course familiarizes students with the frontier of the literature, the questions being asked, the methods most prevalently used, and the evidence thus far. Different topics are covered every year. Examples include contract enforcement and relational contracting of firms, misallocation, firm organization, procurement inefficiencies, corruption, foreign aid, conflict, institutions, community delivery agents. The class will focus on empirical methods and how they connect with theory. The ultimate goal of this course is to help students transition into the research phase of their career -- to help students formulate interesting, relevant and feasible research agendas.