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Varun Gauri is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and a lecturer of public and international affairs at Princeton University. Previously, he was for two decades an economist in the World Bank’s research department, where he founded and headed the World Bank’s behavioral science unit. He was also co-director of the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior.” He serves on the Technical Advisory Group for Behavioral Insights at the World Health Organization, the advisory board of the Behavioral Economics in Action Centre at the University of Toronto, and the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Public Policy, Health and Human Rights, and BMJ Global Health.

His current research sits at the intersection of behavioral economics and governance. He is interested in the behavioral biases of policymakers, the drivers of public support for social and economic equality, compliance with court orders, and the the measurement of social norms.

His policy expertise encompasses health care and education in developing economies, law and development, international human rights, and behavioral insights for policy. He has worked intensively in dozens of countries, including India, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt, and Jordan.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. 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.

Varun Gauri is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and a lecturer of public and international affairs at Princeton University. Previously, he was for two decades an economist in the World Bank’s research department, where he founded and headed the World Bank’s behavioral science unit. He was also co-director of the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior.” He serves on the Technical Advisory Group for Behavioral Insights at the World Health Organization, the advisory board of the Behavioral Economics in Action Centre at the University of Toronto, and the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Public Policy, Health and Human Rights, and BMJ Global Health.

His current research sits at the intersection of behavioral economics and governance. He is interested in the behavioral biases of policymakers, the drivers of public support for social and economic equality, compliance with court orders, and the the measurement of social norms.

His policy expertise encompasses health care and education in developing economies, law and development, international human rights, and behavioral insights for policy. He has worked intensively in dozens of countries, including India, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Egypt, and Jordan.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. 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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