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I am a PhD student at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in the Business and Public Policy stream. I am also a graduate fellow at Center for Economic Research Pakistan. Before starting my PhD I was the Pakistan Country Economist for International Growth Centre.

My research interests are at the intersection of economic development and political economy. I am interested in studying the problem of governance and public service delivery in developing countries, and if understanding such problems can inform either policy based or market solutions to such problems. I have studied the relationship between personality traits of public servants and its relationship with performance, relationship between personalized contracts and performance of public employees, crowd sourcing quality monitoring on government vets and the political economy reasons behind high absentee rates of doctors. I am running an experiment on what motivates politicians to seek office and also gathering evidence on citizen-politician models that studies the role of cost-benefit in the decision of the citizen to become a politician.

Position: PhD Student

Institution / Affiliation : University of California Berkeley

Geographical Region: Asia
Methodology: Field Experiments
Policy: Corruption, Development, Elections, Governance