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Zaki Wahhaj


Journal Articles:-

Intra-household Resource Allocation and Familial Ties

Journal of Development Economics. July 2017. (With Harounan Kazianga).  Link

Oxford CSAE Blog Post


Fiscal Decentralisation, Local Institutions and Public Good Provision in Indonesia 

Journal of Comparative Economics. Published online July 2016. (With Sarmistha Pal).  Link


Public Good Provision in Indian Rural Areas: The Returns to Collective Action by Microfinance Groups

World Bank Economic Review. Published online August 2015 (With Paolo Casini and Lore Vandewalle).  Link


Elite Capture Through Information Distortion

Journal of Development Economics. January 2014 (With Vincent Somville and Jean-Philippe Platteau).  Link


Repayment Incentives and the Distribution of Gains from Group Lending

Journal of Development Economics. November 2013 (With Jean-Marie Baland and Rohini Somanathan).  Link


Gender, Social Norms and Household Production in Burkina Faso

Economic Development and Cultural Change, April 2013. (With Harounan Kazianga).  Link


Microfinance and Gender Empowerment

Journal of Development Economics, September 2012. (With Thi Minh-Phuong Ngo).  Link


Modern Law as a Magnet to Reform Unfair Customs

Economic Development and Cultural Change, July 2012. (With Gani Aldashev, Imane Chaara and Jean-Philippe Platteau).  Link


Using the Law to Change the Custom­­

Journal of Development Economics, March 2012. (With Gani Aldashev, Imane Chaara and Jean-Philippe Platteau).  Link


Legal Reform in the Presence of a Living Custom: An Economic Approach

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2011. (With Gani Aldashev and Jean-Philippe Platteau).  Link


Social Norms and Individual Savings in the Context of Informal Insurance

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization December 2010.  Link


Book Chapters:-


Strategic Interactions between Modern Law and Custom

Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture Volume II, 2014. (With Jean-Philippe Platteau).  Link




Can Conditional Transfers Eradicate Child Marriage?

Economic & Political Weekly February 2017. (With Sajeda Amin, Niaz Asadullah and Sara Hossain).  Link


Child Marriage Law and Freedom of Choice in Bangladesh

Economic & Political Weekly January 2016. (With Niaz Asadullah).  Link


Working Papers:-

Early Marriage, Social Networks and the Transmission of Norms

Global Development Institute Working Paper Series (With Niaz Asadullah)  Link


Missing from the Market: Purdah Norm and Women’s Paid Work Participation in Bangladesh

IZA Discussion Paper (With Niaz Asadullah)  Link


Charitable Giving, Signalling and Microcredit

ThReD (Theoretical Research in Development Economics) Working Paper (With Mahreen Mahmud)  Link


A Theory of Child Marriage

University of Kent Economics Discussion Paper Series  Link


Social Norms, Higher Order Beliefs and the Emperor’s New Clothes

ThReD (Theoretical Research in Development Economics) Working Paper  Link

    Updated version July 2017


Going to School in Purdah : Female Schooling, Mobility Norms and Madrasas in Bangladesh 

IZA Discussion Paper (With Niaz Asadullah)  Link


Microfinance and Gender Empowerment

Oxford CSAE Working Paper (With Thi Minh-Phuong Ngo – a longer version of the JDE article)  Link


A Theory of Household Bargaining with Limited Commitment and Public Goods  Link

Work in Progress:-

Cultural Persistence of Minority Groups and Marriage Practices

(with Catherine Guirkinger and Jean-Philippe Platteau)


Marriage, Work and Migration: The Role of Infrastructure Development and Gender Norms

(with Amrit Amirapu and Niaz Asadullah)


Social Diversity and Bridging Identity

(with Maria Garcia-Alonso)


Social Sanctions and Group Lending

(with Jean-Marie Baland and Rohini Somanathan)


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