Mushfiq Mobarak is a professor of economics at the Yale School of Management, jointly appointed with the Department of Economics. He is a development economist, and the founder and faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE).
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.
- PhD, University of Maryland at College Park, 2002
- MA, University of Maryland at College Park, 1999
- BA, Macalester College, 1997
- Can Network Theory-Based Targeting Increase Technology Adoption?
- L. Beaman, A. BenYishay, J. Magruder and A.M. Mobarak
American Economic Review
- The Impact of Community Masking on COVID-19: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Bangladesh
J. Abaluck, L. Kwong, A. Styczynski, S. Luby, A.M. Mobarak, et al.
- Poor Countries Need to Think Twice About Social Distancing?
A. M. Mobarak and Z. Barnett-Howell
- Social Learning and Incentives for Experimentation and Communication
A. BenYishay and A. M. Mobarak
Review of Economic Studies
- Under-Investment in a Profitable Technology: The Case of Seasonal Migration in Bangladesh
G. Bryan, S. Chowdhury and A. M. Mobarak
- Selling Formal Insurance to the Informally Insured
A. M. Mobarak and M. Rosenzweig
- Demand Estimation with Strategic Complementarities: Sanitation in Bangladesh
R. Guiteras, J. Levinsohn, and A. M. Mobarak
Selected Media Coverage
We conducted the largest study on masks and covid-19: They work
The Washington Post
September 9, 2021
COVID vaccines have higher approval in less-affluent
July 22, 2021
Saving Lives Saves Livelihoods
March 9, 2021
Bangladesh experiments with a new approach to poverty alleviation
January 25, 2018
This Country Fought Ebola. It May Beat Another Disease.
New York Times
June 16, 2020