I joined the Economics Department at University of Zurich in 2016, as Professor of Development and Emerging Markets. I am also an affiliated professor at the UBS Center for Economics in Society and the Director of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Economics of Breastfeeding. Before joining University of Zurich, I was an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. I did my PhD in Economics at IIES Stockholm University, acquired in 2010.

My research interests include development economics and political economy, with current focus on access to health care in developing countries, the drivers of culture and norms in shaping labor markets for men and women, and the roles of social media and artificial intelligence in society. Another priority is the development and testing of a new research and teaching concept that aims at using state-of-the-art scientific methods to search for scalable solutions to pressing societal challenges, the Social Catalyst Lab.

Faculty affiliations include: Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), European Development Research Network (EUDN) and Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

I serve as Associate Editor on the editorial boards at the following academic journals: Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of the European Economic Association.

Email:  David.Yanagizawa-Drott@econ.uzh.ch

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