Natalie Carlson

PhD Candidate in Management ยท Columbia Business School

I'm currently a doctoral candidate in Management at Columbia Business School in New York. My research focuses on entrepreneurship, digital platform work, and other forms of nontraditional employment, with a particular focus on emerging economies. My work draws on a variety of methodologies, with a focus on new computational methods and text as data. Prior to starting at Columbia, I worked as a research associate for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), managing field experiments in Liberia, Uganda, and Ethiopia. I received my bachelor's degree in Economics from Yale University.


Selected Projects
  • To Tweak or to Overhaul?: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Young Entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. With Anselm Rink.
  • (Partial) Exit and Voice in the Labor Market: Evidence from the Digital Water Cooler. With Matthew Yeaton and Stephan Meier.
  • Strategic Contingencies of CSR: Organization-Level vs. Product-Level Social Responsibility. With Vanessa Burbano and Jim Ostler.
    • Is that Kickstarter project a social venture? Test our model here.
  • Microfinance Institutions as Hybrid Organizations: Management Practices and Productivity in India. With Jane Zhao, Bruce Kogut and Casey Ichniowski.
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Language, and Funding: Evidence from Tech Startups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Check out my interactive browser for this paper here!