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


 I am an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, a CEPR research affiliate, 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

Bride Price and Female Education (with Nava Ashraf, Nathan Nunn, and Alessandra Voena), Resubmitted to the Journal of Political Economy.
    Related popular writing: IGC blogThe ConversationCIFAR newsletter

Teacher Value-Added in a Low-Income Country (with Jishnu Das), Resubmitted to AEJ: Economic Policy.
    Formerly distributed as "The Misallocation of Pay and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Labor Market for            Teachers."
    Working paper with more discussion of contract teacher policy.
    Related popular writing: VoxDev , World Bank Digest, The Economist

School Competition and Product Differentiation, submitted.
      Related popular writing: World Bank Development Impact Blog

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

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

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)