I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Political Science at New York University. I work on issues relating to the political economy of development and governance.
In my current research, I look at how the success of the world’s largest employment program (NREGS in India) varies depending on the degree to which politicians can internalize the benefits of their effort. I am also analyzing the impact of affirmative action policies in public sector recruitment in Pakistan. Finally, I am running a field experiment on what motivates politicians to seek political office, and how the non-elite can be motivated to run for office in local government settings.
I curate the Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS), a biannual conference on Political Economy and Development. I am student fellow at the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), and a graduate fellow at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Before starting graduate school, I was an economist at the International Growth Center – Pakistan.
Position: PhD Candidate
Website: Saad Gulzar, PhD Candidate, New York University
Institution / Affiliation : New York University
Geographical Region: Asia
Methodology: Field Experiments
Policy: Corruption, Development, Elections, Governance