Professor of Economics, University of Kent
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Zaki Wahhaj is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kent. Previously, he worked at University of Namur (Belgium) and the University of Oxford. He obtained a BSc in Economics with Mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD in Economics from MIT. His research deals with social norms and household decision-making in developing countries, including extended family networks, risk-sharing and formal insurance, microfinance and issues relating to early marriage and female education. He is Co-director of the Development Economics Research Centre at Kent (DeReCK) and an associate member of the Theoretical Research in Development Economics (ThReD) research network.
Recent work by Zaki Wahhaj
Increasing the adoption of safe sanitation infrastructure: Evidence from India
Labeled microcredit loans increase the take-up of safe toilets, but take-up and conversion are influenced by intra-household gender differences in...
Articles : Infrastructure & Urbanisation
Britta Augsburg Bansi Malde Bet Caeyers Sara Giunti Harriet Olorenshaw Zaki Wahhaj
Can laws change attitudes and behaviours around child marriage in the absence of strict enforcement? Experimental evidence from Bangladesh
A video experiment uncovers the potential pitfalls of relying on legal reforms alone to reduce female early marriage in low-income countries
Articles : Institutions & Political Economy
Early marriage and the persistence of traditional gender norms
Research in Bangladesh shows how early marriage contributes towards women expressing more traditional gender attitudes