I am interested in organizations and how organizational practices affect productivity and labor outcomes across countries and industries. I study organizational economics with a focus on emerging economies and developing countries. Research questions I am currently working on include why family firms adopt fewer structured management practices (and what to do about it), how school management and personnel policies affect teacher effort and student outcomes, how personnel management affects wages and other employee outcomes in manufacturing firms, and how female leadership influences organizational practices.

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, working at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (July 2018-2019). In July 2019 I will be joining the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University as an Assistant Professor of Strategy.

I am affiliated with the CEPR, the Productivity Partnership, and the RISE Programme. I am a faculty fellow at the Cornell Smith Family Business Initiative, and a Research Officer at the London School of Economics in the Centre for Economic Performance, and work on three large data collection initiatives: the World Management Survey, the Development WMS, and the Ownership Survey.


Fields: Organizational economics, development economics

Contact: daniela.scur@gmail.comdscur@mit.edu | dscur@cornell.edu | d.scur@lse.ac.uk