Zain Chaudhry

PhD Candidate, University of Heidelberg


I am a PhD candidate in economics at Heidelberg University. 

My research interests lie in development economics, with a focus on governance and political economy. I study these issues using lab-in-the-field experiments, quasi-natural experiments and Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs).
My work has been supported by grants from the International Growth Centre, Innovations for Poverty Action, PEDL (CEPR/FCDO) and DFG (German Research Foundation).

Curriculum Vitae (Updated August 2022)


Twitter: @ZainChaudhry

Tel: +49 6221 54 38 53
Department of Economics
University of Heidelberg
Bergheimer Strasse 58

69115 Heidelberg, 



With Karrar Hussain, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and Attique-ur-Rehman, UC Delaware.
Oxford Economic Papers, May 2022

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Working Papers

Fickle Groups: Experimental Evidence on Time Preferences

With Karrar Hussain.
Current Version: August 2022
Job Market Paper

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Pre – Registration

Work in Progress

Cash Transfers and the State

With Paula von Haaren (Heidelberg)

Funded by the DFG

Inter-Sectarian Contact

With Karrar Hussain (FAU-Arlangen Nuremberg)

Funded by the IPA and IGC

Job Opportunities

I am currently hiring a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan. The project is on the national cash transfer program in Pakistan which delivers cash to women with the goal of female empowerment. The project is together with Markus Froelich (Mannheim/C4ED), Paula von Haaren (Heidelberg) and Nasir Iqbal (PIDE). 

Prof. Froelich is an econometrician who runs his own research organization in Germany (C4ED) and Pakistan and has a strong placement record for his interns/research assistants. Prof. Iqbal is a leading expert of the national cash transfer programme of Pakistan, having previously served as the BISP secretariat’s Director R&D. 


Further details about the position and how to apply can be found here.

Website: This design, made by Xinyue Lin for Gautam Rao, is available at Gautam Rao’s GitHub repository.