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Dr Amrit Amirapu

Lecturer in Economics

School of Economics, Keynes College, B1.10



Amrit Amirapu is a Lecturer in Economics. He joined the University of Kent in October of 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's main fields of research are Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics. His personal website can be found at:

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  • "Social Norms, Rule of Law, and Gender Reality", with Katharina Pistor and Antara Haldar (2009). In J. Heckman, R. Nelson and L. Cabatingan (Eds.), Global Perspectives on the Rule of Law. New York, NY: Routledge, pp 241-278.

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Research interests

Amrit's primary research interests lie in the areas of Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics (including Labour Economics, Industrial Organization and Organizational Economics). He has worked for organizations including The World Bank and The Center for Global Development. 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.

Working papers

  • "Indian Labor Regulations and the Cost of Corruption: Evidence from the Firm Size Distribution", with Michael Gechter (2015)
  • "Judicial Institutions, Relationship-Specificity and Growth: Evidence from India" (2015)
  • "Manufacturing or Services? An Indian Illustration of a Development Dilemma", with Arvind Subramanian (2015)
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