Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, as co-chair of its Urban Services Initiative and of its Environment & Energy Sector work. He leads the Bangladesh Research Program for the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE. He has previously worked at the World Bank, and at the International Monetary Fund.

Mobarak is a development economist with interests in environmental issues and has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malawi. He conducts field experiments exploring ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviors that are likely to be welfare improving. His research has been published in journals across disciplines, including Econometrica, Science, The Review of Economic Studies, the American Political Science Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Demography, and covered by the New York Times, The Economist, Science, NPR, Wired.com, the Times of London, and other media outlets around the world. He is currently collaborating with Evidence Action on a multi-country scale-up and replication of his research program that encourages rural to urban seasonal migration in the developing world to counter seasonal poverty. 

Research Briefs


Providing an incentive to send a seasonal migrant increases consumption and incomes...
Taxation - Bangladesh
Exposing information about firms to their peers can increase tax compliance and payment... 

Sanitation - Bangladesh

Limited access to improved sanitation facilities is a continuing challenge in the developing world...

Bangladesh - Garments

Girls exposed to the garment sector are more likely to delay marriage, enroll in school and be employed...

Agriculture - Malawi

Leveraging social learning in communication can improve agricultural extension services...

Insurance - India

Rainfall insurance can help farmers survive a drought year. So why aren't more using it?

SeasonalMigration - Bangladesh

Seasonal migration mitigates seasonal poverty by increasing incomes of poor households...

Migration - Bangladesh

Paying travel costs encourages farmers to migrate for work - and the effect lasts for years...