Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
University of Toronto
natalie.bau [at] utoronto [dot] ca


 I am an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.  I am interested in development and education economics with a special emphasis on the industrial organization of education markets.  You can find my CV here and a list of my papers and ongoing projects below. 

Working Papers

School Competition and Product Differentiation, submitted.

Can Policy Crowd Out Culture?
    Formerly distributed as "Cultural Norms, Strategic Behavior, and Human Capital Investment." 

Bride Price and Female Education (with Nava Ashraf, Nathan Nunn, and Alessandra Voena), submitted.
      Related popular writing: IGC blog, The Conversation, CIFAR newsletter

The Misallocation of Pay and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence From the Labor Market for Teachers (with Jishnu Das), submitted.

Are Bad Public Schools Public 'Bads?' Test Scores and Civic Values in Public and Private Schools (with Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das, and Asim Khwaja)

Research in Progress

Can FDI Reduce Misallocation? (with Adrien Matray)

Affirmative Action and Student Effort (with Mitra Akhtari)

Negotiating a Better Future: How Interpersonal Skills Facilitate Inter-Generational Investment (With Nava Ashraf, Corinne Low, and Kathleen McGinn)