Nava Ashraf

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Pioneering Authority on the Concept of Altruistic Capital and How Organizations Can Make Work More Fulfilling; Director of Research, Marshall Institute; Co-Director, Psychology and Economics Program, STICERD; Co-Lead Academic of the International Growth Centre, Zambia; Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

Biography

Nava Ashraf is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. She is also Director of Research of the Marshall Institute.

Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, using both lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioural economics in the context of global development in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. She also conducts research on questions of intra-household decision making in the areas of finance and fertility. Ashraf is best known for her work in the fields of development economics, behavioral economics, and family economics. She studies diverse world economies, seeking to discover how to increase incentives, motivation and gender equality in workplaces around the world. Her papers are published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Her recent field experiments on health services delivery and educational investment have been carried out jointly with the Ministries of Health and Education in Zambia, using a model of co-generation of knowledge.

Nava Ashraf is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Commentary on “Promising Careers? A Critical Analysis of a Randomised Control Trial in Community Health Worker Recruitment in Zambia,” by James Wintrup

(Social Science & Medicine, November 2021)

Maternal Mortality Risk and Spousal Differences in the Demand for Children

(National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2021)

Learning to Teach by Learning to Learn

(Columbia University Press, April 2021)

Water, Health and Wealth: The Impact of Piped Water Outages on Disease Prevalence and Financial Transactions in Zambia

(Economica, March 2021)

Losing Prosociality in the Quest for Talent? Sorting, Selection, and Productivity in the Delivery of Public Services

(AEA Papers and Proceedings, May 2020)

The Distinctive Values of Bankers

(AEA Papers and Proceedings, May 2020)

Negotiating a Better Future: How Interpersonal Skills Facilitate Intergenerational Investment

(The Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2020)

Bride Price and Female Education

(The University of Chicago Press, January 2020)

Rule of Law and Female Entrepreneurship

(National Bureau of Economic Research, December 2020)

Social Incentives in Organizations

(Annual Reviews, August 2018)

Altruistic Capital

(American Economic Review, 2017)

Traditional Beliefs and Learning About Maternal Risk in Zambia

(American Economic Review, May 2017)

Decentralisation In Zambia: A Comparative Analysis of Strategies and Barriers to Implementation

(International Growth Center, November 2016)

Infrastructure, Incentives, and Institutions

(American Economic Review, 2016)

Evaluating the Effects of Large- Scale Health Interventions in Developing Countries: The Zambian Malaria Initiative ($)

(University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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Ashraf, Nava

Biography

Nava Ashraf is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. She is also Director of Research of the Marshall Institute.

Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, using both lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioural economics in the context of global development in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. She also conducts research on questions of intra-household decision making in the areas of finance and fertility. Ashraf is best known for her work in the fields of development economics, behavioral economics, and family economics. She studies diverse world economies, seeking to discover how to increase incentives, motivation and gender equality in workplaces around the world. Her papers are published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Her recent field experiments on health services delivery and educational investment have been carried out jointly with the Ministries of Health and Education in Zambia, using a model of co-generation of knowledge.

Nava Ashraf is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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