Natalie A. Carlson

PhD Candidate in Management, Columbia Business School

About Me

I'm currently a doctoral candidate in Management at Columbia Business School in New York. My research interests include entrepreneurship, technology, and social innovation, particularly in less-developed regions. 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.

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Selected Projects:

  • "The Dynamics of Rewards-Based Crowdfunding: An Advantage for Social Ventures." 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.
  • "Entrepreneurial Training, Growth Ambitions, and Starting Fresh: Field Experimental Evidence from Zimbabwe." With Anselm Rink.
  • "Social Entrepreneurship, Language, and Funding: Evidence from Tech Startups in Sub-Saharan Africa."
    Check out my interactive browser for this paper here!