Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Research Director of the Center for Child Wellbeing and Development
University of Zurich
Guilherme Lichand is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, and Research Director of the Center for Child Wellbeing and Development at the University of Zurich. He uses lab-in-the-field experiments to study the impacts of poverty on decision-making. Does the risk of a drought impairs decision making, and can rainfall insurance mitigate this effect? Does worrying about being poor affect parents' willingness to invest in their children, and their ability to pay attention to whether children attend classes? He also combines natural experiments and randomized control trials to study corruption and state capacity. Is fighting corruption good or bad for public service delivery? Does it matter to audit bureaucrats or contractors? Can low-cost technologies increase budget execution by supporting procurement officials? Guilherme holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University, and has been acknowledged by MIT Technology Review as Brazil's top under-35 social innovator in 2014.