I joined the Economics Department at University of Zurich in 2016, as Professor of Development and Emerging Markets. 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. I am an affiliated professor at the UBS Center and the director of the LRF Center, both housed under the department of economics.

My research interests include development economics and political economy, broadly speaking. A current focus is on understanding 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 in developing countries, by leveraging rapid experimentation and artificial intelligence, called the Social Catalyst Lab.

I am also a co-organizer of the annual The Zurich Workshop in AI + Economics, where the mission is to bring together economists interested in (1) adapting AI tools – e.g. machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision – in empirical economics, and (2) empirical economic analysis of AI technologies in society. The workshop provides an opportunity for discussion on frontier works at this intersection of fields.

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). Previously member of the Political Economy group at National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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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