Varun Gauri

Head of the Global Insights Initiative

Varun Gauri is Head of the Global Insights Initiative (GINI) and Senior Economist in the Development Economics Vice Presidency of the World Bank. His current research addresses three themes: how to use behavioral insights to enhance development policy, when public agencies comply with human rights orders, and why individuals support public goods. Dr. Gauri was Co-Director of the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Public Policy and Health and Human Rights, the World Economic Forum Council on Behavior, the Advisory Board of Academics Stand Against Poverty, and is a member of the RSA (London). In addition to over 40 articles and book chapters, he has published the books Courting Social Justice: The Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economics Rights in the Developing World School and School Choice in Chile. His work has been covered in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The Hindu. He has BA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Princeton University, and has held positions as Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at ILADES in Santiago, Chile.

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    The Global Insights Initiative

    October 2015
    The World Bank launched The Global Insights Initiative (GINI) to put conclusions from the 2015 World Development Report into practice within the World Bank's Global Practices, Cross Cutting Solution Areas, and Regions.
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    Video Launch of World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior

    December 2014
    Panel discussion on the report, which shows how a richer view of human behavior can help achieve development.
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  • Governance
  • Evidence-Based Public Policy