Amrit Amirapu joined the University of Kent in 2015 after receiving his PhD in Economics from Boston University. He also has a BA from Amherst College, where he studied Physics and Political Philosophy, and an MA from Columbia University in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. Amrit has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and the Center for Global Development, and as an informal adviser to the Indian Ministry of Finance.
Amrit's primary research interests lie in the areas of development economics and applied microeconomics (including labour economics, industrial organisation and organisational economics).
His present research examines the effects of government institutions and industrial policies on firms in developing countries. He is particularly interested in the ways in which governments can affect the pattern of structural transformation in their countries.