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Zain Chaudhry

Behavioral Economist

Zain Chaudhry is a behavioral economist with the Mind, Behavior & Development Unit (eMBeD), at the World Bank’s Development Impact (DIME). His research investigates questions about state capacity and governance in human resource management, education, health, and other domains. In some of his work, he investigates how community health workers' performance can be improved using individually-customized behavioral contracts, how a cash transfer program affects trust in the state and vaccine take-up, and how a door-to-door political campaign affects vote shares and turnout. He uses rigorous quantitative statistical methods, such as Randomized Controlled Trials and quasi-natural experiments using self-designed surveys, lab-in-the-field experiments, and administrative data. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Heidelberg University, Germany.