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Daniela Scur, assistant professor of strategy, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Academic focus: Organizational economics, development economics, entrepreneurship

Previous positions: Postdoctoral Research Associate, IDE@MIT, MIT Sloan, 2018-2019.

Academic background: Ph.D. in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2013-2018.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I love rowing, visiting Scotland (my partner and I are working our way through the list of whisky distilleries in Scotland!) and playing with my adorable Aussie Shepherd dog, Arran.

Three adjectives people might use to describe you: I’d rather let others decide on the adjectives they use to describe me.

What brought you to Cornell CALS? The fantastic department! During my flyout (job market interview visit) I met with the faculty and had great research discussions but also nice chats. It was clear that I would have fantastic colleagues, and it would be a place I could be very productive. It has thus far proven to be the case!

What do you think is important for people to understand about your field? Economists are not only macroeconomic forecasters! We study many different questions, including “real life” issues such as inequality, discrimination and quality of public services.

If you had unlimited grant funding, what major problem in your field would you want to solve? The lack of experimental evidence on the mechanisms behind why management matters for productivity in every sector we study.

What was your most valuable research experience when you were a student? My very first research assistant job is what got me interested in research in first place. It was a pivotal moment for me in my third year of undergrad.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about Cornell and/or Ithaca so far? The coffee is *fantastic*.

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