Danielle Li
Danielle Li

Assistant Professor of Management & Strategy

Print Overview

Danielle Li is an Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy. Her research focuses on productivity in settings where talent and innovation are important--how do organizations identify the best projects and retain the best people? Her recent work has examined these issues in the context of funding for biomedical research and the labor market for school educators.

Professor Li graduated from Harvard College and worked at the Poverty Action Lab in Udaipur, India prior to earning her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. She joined the faculty of Kellogg in 2012 and teaches the core strategy course.

Areas of Expertise
Economics of Organizations
Pharmaceutical Research
Public Policy
Print Vita
Ph.D, 2012, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A.B., 2005, Mathematics and History of Science, Harvard University

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-present

Print Research
Research Interests

Labor Economics, The Economics of Ideas and Innovation, Organizational Economics, Personnel Economics, Public Finance

Working Papers
Azoulay, Pierre, Joshua Graff-Zivin, Danielle Li and Bhaven Sampat. 2014. "Public R&D Investments and Private Sector Patenting: Evidence from NIH Funding Rules".
Li, Danielle. 2012. "Expertise vs. Bias in Evaluation: Evidence from the NIH".
Li, Danielle. 2012. "Gender Bias in NIH Grant Review: Does it Exist and Does it Matter?".
Li, Danielle. 2011. "School Accountability and Principal Mobility: How No Child Left Behind Affects the Allocation of School Leaders".
Dynarski, Susan, Jonathan Gruber and Danielle Li. 2011. "Cheaper By the Dozen: Using Sibling Discounts at Catholic Schools to Estimate the Price Elasticity of Private School Attendance".
Li, Danielle. 2014. "Productivity, Turnover, and Wage Flexibility in Recessions" (work in progress with Alan Benson and Kelly Shue).
Li, Danielle. "When Good Tournaments Make Bad Matches: Evidence on the 'Peter principle' in Sales" (work in progress with Alan Benson and Kelly Shue).
Li, Danielle. "What Do High-Skill Workers Do When Their Skills Become Obsolete: Evidence from Genomics" (work in progress with Pian Shu).
Li, Danielle. 2014. "Discretion in Hiring" (work in progress with Mitch Hoffman and Lisa Kahn).
Li, Danielle. "Committee Organization and Decision-Making: Evidence from the NIH" (work in progress with Mitch Hoffman).

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests
Business Strategy
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Business Strategy (MGMT-431-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Management & Strategy

Strategy is the set of objectives, policies and resource commitments that collectively determine how a business positions itself to create wealth for its owners. This course introduces students to principles and conceptual frameworks for evaluating and formulating business strategy. Topics include the boundaries of the firm, the analysis of industry economics, strategic positioning and competitive advantage, and the role of resources and capabilities in shaping and sustaining competitive advantages.