A. Mushfiq Mobarak

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Unpredictable rainfall is an important risk for agricultural activity, and farmers in developing countries often receive incomplete insurance from informal risk-sharing networks. We study the demand for, and effects of, offering formal index-based rainfall insurance through a randomized experiment in an environment where the informal risk sharing network(More)
Expansions of electricity grids reflect both cost considerations (where is it cheapest to generate electricity?) and demand-side concerns (where are firms and people located, and where is demand for power likely to grow most?). Demand evolves simultaneously with power generation, and complicates efforts to estimate the effects of electrification. This paper(More)
  • Ariel Benyishay, A Mushfiq Mobarak, Niall Kelleher, Sylvan Herskowitz, Cristina, Andrew Carter +10 others
  • 2013
Notes: Center discussion papers are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comments. Abstract Low adoption of productive agricultural technologies is a puzzle. Agricultural extension services rely on external agents to communicate with farmers, although social networks are known to be the most credible source of information(More)
This paper studies how learning through opinion leaders and social networks influences demand for non-traditional cookstoves – a technology with important health and environmental consequences in low-income countries. Specifically, we conduct field experiments in rural Bangladesh to assess how (1) learning the stove adoption choices of locally-identified "(More)
  • Susan Creane, Rishi Goyal, A Mushfiq Mobarak, Randa Sab, S Khan, David Burton +1 other
  • 2007
This paper develops a methodology to construct detailed indices of financial sector development across countries and uses it to create a new panel database of financial sector development in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries. It combines existing quantitative data with information from comprehensive surveys undertaken in 2000–01 and 2002–03. The(More)
  • Achyuta Adhvaryu, Achyuta R Adhvaryu, Michael Boozer, Rahul Deb, James Fenske, Adrian De La Garza +5 others
  • 2003
Notes: Center discussion papers are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comments. Abstract I show that malaria misdiagnosis, common in resource-poor settings, decreases the expected effectiveness of an important new therapy–since only a fraction of treated individuals have malaria–and reduces the rate of learning via(More)
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