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Policymaking for Real People: Behavioral Economics, Social Policy, and Nudging Around the World

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Van Munching Hall

Join us for a lunch talk on behavioral economics and development policy with Varun Gauri.

Speaker Bio
Varun Gauri is Senior Economist in the Development Economics Vice Presidency of the World Bank, and Co-Head of the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit (eMBeD), which integrates behavioral science into the design of anti-poverty policies worldwide. He was Co-Director of the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Public Policy, Health and Human Rights, and BMJ Global Health. Varun has been a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Behavior, the Board of the Behavioral Economics Action Research Centre at the University of Toronto, and the American Political Science Association Task Force on Democratic Imperatives. His research has appeared in journals spanning the fields of economics, philosophy, political science, and law, and has been covered in The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Forbes, The Hindu, The Guardian, and Frontline, among many media outlets. He has published three books: Courting Social Justice, School Choice in Chile, and Bringing Law to Life. His current research is investigating the influence of social norms on women’s economic decision making, compliance with judicial human rights orders, and the influence of cooperation and identity on ideas of distributive justice. 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, Withrow Chair at Deep Springs College, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at ILADES in Santiago, Chile.

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