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 a current focus on the drivers of culture and norms in shaping labor markets for men and women; the role of social media and artificial intelligence in society, and; health care in developing countries. Another priority is the development and testing of a new research and teaching concept that aims at searching 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: QJE, JPE, Econometrica, REStud. I have previously served on AEJ: Policy, JEEA, REStat.

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

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