Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

Professor of Economics

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Mushfiq Mobarak is a professor of economics at the Yale School of Management. He is a development economist with interests in environmental issues.

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. 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 Review of Economic Studies, the American Political Science Review and Demography, and covered by the New York Times, The Economist, Science, NPR, Wired.com, the Times of London, and other media outlets around the world.

Professor Mobarak co-chairs the Urban Services Initiative at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, and leads the Bangladesh Research Program for the 'International Growth Centre (IGC)' at LSE and Oxford. He has previously worked at the World Bank and at the International Monetary Fund.

Professor Mobarak advises several PhD economics candidates working on development issues, and he won the 2006 Most Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at the University of Colorado. He teaches MBA courses focused on the challenges to doing for-profit or non-profit business in developing countries and on marketing products and behaviors to poor consumers. He also leads Yale SOM 'international experience' trips to developing countries.



  • PhD, University of Maryland at College Park, 2002
  • MA, University of Maryland at College Park, 1999
  • BA, Macalester College, 1997


  • State & Society MGT 413
  • International Experience: Indonesia MGT 416
  • Behavioral Strategies for Selling New Products in Emerging Markets MGT 522

Selected Articles

Encouraging Sanitation Investment in the Developing World: A Cluster-Randomized Trial

J. Levinsohn, A.M. Mobarak, and R. Guiteras

Selected Working Papers

Foreign Doctoral Students are Critical for Scientific Research. Why Limit their Immigration Prospects?

A. M. Mobarak, K. Maskus & E. Stuen