Professor Mobarak 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 complexities of scaling up development interventions that are proven effective in such trials. His ongoing research projects are in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Kenya, Nepal and Malawi. His research has been published in journals across disciplines, including Econometrica, Science, The American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, Marketing Science, and Demography, and covered by the New York Times, The Economist, the BBC, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, and other media outlets around the world. He is collaborating with governments and NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sierra Leone to devise evidence-based COVID response strategies, and distribute facemasks to over 100 million people based on the results of the NORM model.
Professor Mobarak has held other positions at the World Bank, IMF Innovations for Poverty Action, J-PAL at MIT, and the International Growth Centre at LSE. He teaches “State & Society” in the SOM core curriculum and a Ph.D. field course in Development Economics.