Varun Gauri
Senior Economist
Development Research Group
World Bank

Varun Gauri’s research focuses on politics and governance in the social sectors, and aims to combine quantitative and qualitative methods in economics and social science research. He is leading research projects on the impact of legal strategies to claim economic and social rights, and on the impact of international laws and norms on development outcomes. He has published papers on a wide variety of topics, including the political economy of government responses to HIV/AIDS, the strategic choices of development NGOs, the use of vouchers for basic education, and immunization in developing countries. He has taught classes on the economics of education and on health policy at Princeton University and at the Instituto de Doctrina y Estudios Sociales, Chile. Since joining the World Bank in 1996, he has worked on and led a variety of operational tasks in the World Bank, including operational evaluations, investments in privately owned hospitals in Latin America, a social sector adjustment loan to Brazil, several health care projects in Brazil, a study of the decentralization of health care in Nigeria, and was a core team member of the 2007 World Development Report. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Princeton University in 1996.

"Customary Law and Economic Outcomes in Indonesia." Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 2(1): 75-94, 2010.
Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World, with D. Brinks, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

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