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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.