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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 an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

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


Fields: Organizational economics, development economics, entrepreneurship

Contact: dscur@cornell.edu | dscur@mit.edu  | d.scur@lse.ac.ukdaniela.scur@gmail.com