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Varun Gauri

Senior Economist

VARUN GAURI is Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank and Codirector of the World Development Report 2015 on Mind and Culture. His current research examines how legal institutions and conceptions of justice and human rights affect human welfare. His publications include the books Courting Social Justice: The Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economics Rights in the Developing World School and School Choice in Chile, and papers and book chapters on a variety of topics in development, including the enforcement of social and economic rights, the political economy of responses to HIV/AIDS, the strategic choices of development NGOs, customary legal systems, the political determinants of immunization coverage, efficient contracts for private health care providers, public interest litigation, intersubjectivity in fragile states, and international human rights treaties. His research has been chronicled in The Economist, The Washington Post, and the Indian Express. At the World Bank, he has been engaged in projects and policy dialogue in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Timor-Leste, and Zimbabwe. He received a BA in philosophy and literature from the University of Chicago, a Masters and PhD in Public Policy from Princeton University, and has held positions as Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at ILADES in Santiago, Chile. 

The list below is of World Bank working papers and publications. You can also see (and in some cases download) other publications by this author.  

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Biased policy professionals
2 .A public strategy for compliance monitoring
3 .MDGs that nudge : the Millennium Development Goals, popular mobilization, and the post-2015 development framework
4 .The law's majestic equality ? the distributive impact of litigating social and economic rights
5 .Human rights as demands for communicative action
6 .Human rights based approaches to developmen t: concepts, evidence, and policy
7 .Intersubjective meaning and collective action in 'fragile' societies : theory, evidence and policy implications
8 .Redressing grievances and complaints regarding basic service delivery
9 .Education, labor rights, and incentives : contract teacher cases in the indian courts
10 .The publicity "defect" of customary law
11 .How do local-level legal institutions promote development ?
12 .Public interest litigation in India : overreaching or underachieving ?
13 .Do international treaties promote development ? the convention on the rights of the child and basic immunization
14 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
15 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
16 .Informe sobre el desarrollo mundial : el desarrollo y la nueva generacion
17 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
18 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
19 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
20 .World development report 2007 : development and the next generation
21 .The World Bank research observer 19 (2)
22 .Location decisions and nongovernmental organization motivation : evidence from rural Bangladesh
23 .Social rights and economics : claims to health care and education in developing countries
24 .Vouchers for basic education in developing countries : a principal-agent perspective
25 .Immunization in developing countries : its political and organizational determinants
26 .Are incentives everything? payment mechanisms for health care providers in developing countries

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