Sheheryar Banuri

Economist, Development Research Group
Sheheryar Banuri is an Economist with the Development Research Group (Macroeconomics and Growth Team), and director of the Behavioral Science Lab at the World Bank. Sheheryar’s work focuses on public sector and governance in developing countries and is at the intersection of policy, economics, and political science. He uses a combination of laboratory and field experiments to study the impact of economic incentives on motivation and effort in the public sector. He uses the lab as a wind-tunnel for policy trials, prior to field implementation. He is also interested in multi-agent modeling techniques. In 2013 he was part of the core team on the World Development Report on Mind and Culture. He has conducted independent field research in the Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, and the US. In his spare time, he designs laboratory games to study a variety of economic behavior.

Tel : +1 202 473 1829


  • Public Sector & Governance
  • Evidence-Based Public Policy
  • Social Development
  • Law and Justice