Ameet Morjaria
Ameet Morjaria

Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Print Overview

Dr Morjaria joined the Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences faculty at Kellogg School of Management in 2015. He is a native of Tanzania. Prior to joining Kellogg, he was a Junior Scholar of the prestigious Harvard Academy's Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs and a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Centre for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. Dr Morjaria completed his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. His research interests are in development economics, organizations and political economy across several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda). His current research focuses on understanding the role of commodity exchanges and how to organize agricultural markets, the impact of competition on productivity and relational contracts, industrial policy in emerging markets, the impact of electoral conflict on firm operations, and the political economy of resource management in weak institutionalized economies. 

He has worked for the World Bank Group as a Young Professional in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Energy & Infrastructure Unit, consultant at Kaiser Associates and prior to graduate school worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, London.

Print Vita
PhD, 2010, Economics, London School of Economics
MRes, 2005, Economics, London School of Economics
BSc, 2002, Econometrics & Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics, First Class Honours

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2015-present
Academy Scholar, Harvard University, WCFIA, 2011-2012, 2014-2015
Visiting Associate, Economics and STICERD, London School of Economics, 2013-2014
Giorgio Ruffolo Sustainable Science Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, 2010-2011

Other Professional Experience
Young Professional, World Bank, 2012-2014
Economist, Kaiser Associates, 2008-2008
Analyst, Deutsche Bank, 2002-2003
Summer Analyst, Deutsche Bank, 2001-2001
Summer Analyst, Credit Suisse First Boston, 2001-2001

Honors and Awards
EDI RA4 Research Grant: Mergers & Acquisitions in Rwanda, DFID
IGC Country Award: Understanding Constraints to Value Addition in the Ugandan Coffee Sector, International Growth Centre
IGC Country Award: Doing Business in Dangerous Places - Insights from Southern Sudan Beverages Ltd, International Growth Centre
Harvard Junior Academy Scholar, Harvard University, 2014-2015 and 2011-2012
IGC Research Award: Competition and Efficiency in the Rwanda Coffee Value Chain, International Growth Centre, 2010-2012
Giorgio Ruffolo Science Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, 2010-2012
iiG-CSAE, Oxford, 2008-2010
Athletic Union Full Colors Award, London School of Economics, 2006-2010
C J Modi - KR Narayanan Fellowship, London School of Economics, 2009-2010
Tutorial Fellowship Award, London School of Economics, 2007-2010
Full Scholarship for MRes and Ph.D., Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 2005-2010
CK Hobson Award, London School of Economics, 2003-2004
Reeves Foundation Award, London School of Economics, 1999-2002

Editorial Positions
Referee, World Development, 2016
Referee, Review of Economic Studies, 2017
Referee, Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015
Referee, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017
Referee, Management Science, 2016
Referee, Journal of Public Economics, 2015
Referee, Journal of Population Economics, 2016
Referee, Journal of Human Resources, 2016
Referee, Journal of European Economic Association, 2017
Referee, Journal of Development Economics, 2015
Referee, Journal of Comparative Economics, 2016
Referee, Journal of African Economics, 2015
Referee, Journal of African Business, 2016
Referee, Economic Journal, 2015
Referee, Economic Development & Cultural Change, 2015
Referee, Economica, 2018
Referee, American Economic Review, 2017
Referee, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2017
Referee, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2016

Print Research
Research Interests

Economic Development, Organizational Economics, Political Economy

Robin, Burgess, Remi Jedwab, Edward Miguel, Ameet Morjaria and Gerard Padro i Miguel. 2015. The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya. American Economic Review. 105(6): 1817-1851.
Rocco, Macchiavello and Ameet Morjaria. 2015. The Value of Relationships: Evidence from a Supply Shock to Kenyan Flower Exporters. American Economic Review. 105(9): 2911-45.
Working Papers
Rocco, Macchiavello and Ameet Morjaria. 2015. Competition and Relational Contracts: Evidence from Rwanda's Coffee Mills.
Morjaria, Ameet. 2013. Is Democracy Detrimental for the Environment in Developing Countries? Evidence from Kenya.
Ksoll, Christopher, Macchiavello Rocco and Ameet Morjaria. 2013. Guns and Roses: Flower Exports and Electoral Violence in Kenya.
Morjaria, Ameet and Macchiavello Rocco. 2012. Development Blossoming: Industrial Policy and Flower Exports in Ethiopia.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
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.

Research in Economics (MECS-560-3)
This course introduces first-year PhD students to the economics research environment. With an emphasis on breadth, and minimal prerequisite knowledge at the graduate level, students are exposed to the process of forming and answering research questions. To implement this goal, the course typically involves a handful of instructors each giving their own perspective on successful approaches to research by highlighting significant recent works in their respective fields of interest.

Strategic Challenges in Emerging Markets (STRT-466-0)
This course was formerly known as MGMT 466
International markets present unique opportunities and pitfalls for business growth and development. This course outlines fundamental differences among developed and developing countries, starting briefly with broad historical differences and moving on to specific issues such as the protection of property rights, corruption and the effects of political institutions. The role of international institutions such as the IMF and World Trade Organization also are discussed. The results from cutting-edge economic research are complemented by business examples to provide the international business manager with a broad, fact-based perspective on international markets today.