Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, a native of Bangladesh, is a Professor of Economics at Yale University with concurrent tenured appointments in the School of Management and in the Department of Economics.

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 is the academic lead for the Bangladesh Research Program for the International Growth Centre (IGC) at LSE, and Scientific Advisor to Innovations for Poverty Action, Bangladesh.

Mobarak 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. He also examines the implications of scaling up development interventions that are proven effective in such trials. 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, BBC, Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, and other media outlets around the world. 

Mobarak is currently collaborating with Evidence Action in multiple countries to replicate, test, and scale his research program that encourages rural to urban seasonal migration to counter seasonal poverty. This program, called No Lean Season, is supported by GiveWell.org, Good Ventures and the Global Innovation Fund, and the start-up accelerator Y-Combinator.


Research Briefs

Migration
Bangladesh
 


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

Sanitation - Bangladesh

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


Bangladesh - Garments

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

Agriculture - Malawi

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

Insurance - India

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

SeasonalMigration - Bangladesh

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

Migration - Bangladesh

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