Nava Ashraf is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also Director of Research of the Marshall Institute, Co-Director of the Psychology and Economics program at STICERD, and co-Lead Academic of the International Growth Centre, Zambia.


Ashraf, Nava, Oriana Bandiera, Edward Davenport, and Scott S. Lee. “Losing Prosociality in the Quest for Talent? Sorting, Selection, and Productivity in the delivery of Public Services.” October, 2019. Accepted, American Economic Review

Ashraf, Nava, Natalie Bau, Corinne Low and Kathleen McGinn. “Negotiating a Better Future: How Interpersonal Skills Facilitate Inter-Generational Investment.” October 2019. Accepted, Quarterly Journal of Economics

Ashraf, Nava, Natalie Bau, Nathan Nunn, and Alessandra Voena. “Bride Price and Female Education.” August 2018. Forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy

Ashraf, Nava and Oriana Bandiera. “Social Incentives in Organizations.” The Annual Review of Economics, May 2018.

Ashraf, Nava, Edward Glaeser, Abraham Holland and Bryce Millett Steinberg. “Water, Health and Wealth.” NBER Working Paper, July 2017.

Ashraf, Nava and Oriana Bandiera. “Altruistic Capital.” American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 107(5), (2017).

Ashraf, Nava, Erica Field, Giudy Rusconi, Alessandra Voena, and Roberta Ziparo. “Traditional Beliefs and Learning about Maternal Risk in Zambia.” American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 107(5), (2017).

Ashraf, Nava, Edward L. Glaeser, and Giacomo A. M. Ponzetto. “Infrastructure, Incentives, and Institutions.” American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings 106(5), (2016): 77–82

Ashraf, Nava, Oriana Bandiera, and Kelsey Jack. “No Margin, No Mission? A Field Experiment on Incentives for Public Services Delivery.” Journal of Public Economics 120 (Dec 2014): 1-17.

Ashraf, Nava, Erica Field, and Jean Lee. “Household Bargaining and Excess Fertility: An Experimental Study in Zambia.” American Economic Review 104, no. 7 (July 2014). (Online Appendix)

Ashraf, Nava, Oriana Bandiera, and Scott S. Lee. “Awards Unbundled: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 100 (April 2014): 44–63.

Ashraf, Nava, B. Kelsey Jack, and Emir Kamenica. “Information and Subsidies: Complements or Substitutes?” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 88 (April 2013): 133–139.

Ashraf, Nava, James Berry, and Jesse M. Shapiro. “Can Higher Prices Stimulate Product Use? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Zambia.” American Economic Review 100, no. 5 (December 2010): 2383–2413. (Online Appendix)

Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin. “Female Empowerment: Impact of a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines.” World Development 38, no. 3 (March 2010): 333–344.

Ashraf, Nava, Xavier Gine, and Dean Karlan. “Finding Missing Markets (and a Disturbing Epilogue): Evidence from an Export Crop Adoption and Marketing Intervention in Kenya.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91, no. 4 (November 2009): 973–990.

Ashraf, Nava. “Spousal Control and Intra–Household Decision Making: An Experimental Study in the Philippines.” American Economic Review 99, no. 4 (September 2009): 1245–1277. (Online Appendix)

Ashraf, Nava, Iris Bohnet, and Nikita Piankov. “Decomposing Trust and Trustworthiness.” Experimental Economics 9, no. 3 (September 2006): 193–208.

Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin. “Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 121, no. 2 (May 2006): 635–672. (Winner of TIAA–CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award Certificate of Excellence For an outstanding research publication containing ideas that the public and private sectors can use to maintain and improve America’s lifelong financial well being presented by TIAA–CREF Institute.)

Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin. “Deposit Collectors.” Art. 5. Special Issue on Field Experiments. Advances in Economic Analysis & Policy 6, no. 2 (2006).

Ashraf, Nava, Colin Camerer, and George Loewenstein. “Adam Smith, Behavioral Economist.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 19, no. 3 (Summer 2005): 131–145. (Read an interview about this article in HBS Working Knowledge.)

Other Publications and Book Chapters

Ashraf, Nava. “Rx: Human Nature: How Behavioral Economics Is Promoting Better Health Around the World.” Harvard Business Review 91, no. 4 (April 2013): 119–125.

Ashraf, Nava, Gunther Fink, and David N. Weil. “Evaluating the Effects of Large Scale Health Interventions in Developing Countries: The Zambian Malaria Initiative.” In NBER Volume on African Economic Successes, edited by S. Edwards, S. Johnson, and D. Weil. University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.

Ashraf, Nava, Margaret McMillan, and Alix Peterson-Zwane. “My Policies or Yours: Do OECD Agricultural Policies Affect Poverty in Developing Countries?” In Globalization and Poverty, edited by Ann Harrison. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. (Read the New York Times article citing this paper)

Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin. “SEED: A Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines.” December 2004. (Policy Paper.)

Ashraf, Nava, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin. “Testing Savings Product Innovations Using an Experimental Methodology.” ERD Technical Note, November 2003.

Ashraf, Nava, Nathalie Gons, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin. “A Review of Commitment Savings Products in Developing Countries.” ERD Working Paper, July 2003.