- PhD, Brown University
MA, Brown University
MA, New Economic School
BSc, Moscow State University
Boris Gershman has been on the faculty of American University since 2012. Born and raised in Moscow, he came to the United States in 2007 and earned his PhD degree in Economics from Brown University in 2012. His primary research focuses on the deep determinants of long-term economic growth and development and the economics of culture. He is also active in the field of agent-based computational macroeconomics. Professor Gershman’s recent work has been published in the European Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Macroeconomic Dynamics.
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Economic Growth and Development, Economics of Culture and Institutions, Agent-Based Computational Macroeconomics
Subnational Diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from a New Dataset (with Diego Rivera). Journal of Development Economics, July 2018, 133, pp. 231-263.
Banks, Market Organization and Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Analysis (with Quamrul Ashraf and Peter Howitt). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, March 2017, 135, pp. 143-180.
Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Social Capital: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and Beyond. Journal of Development Economics, May 2016, 120, pp. 182-208.
How Inflation Affects Macroeconomic Performance: An Agent-Based Computational Investigation (with Quamrul Ashraf and Peter Howitt). Macroeconomic Dynamics, March 2016, 20 (2), pp. 558-581.
The Economic Origins of the Evil Eye Belief. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, February 2015, 110, pp. 119-144.
The Two Sides of Envy. Journal of Economic Growth, December 2014, 19(4), pp. 407-438.