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Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Kent

Zaki Wahhaj is Senior Lecturer in Economics. He obtained a BSc in Economics with Mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD in Economics from MIT. Following his PhD, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research in Economic Development (CRED) at the University of Namur, Belgium and three years as lecturer in development economics at the Department of International Development (ODID), University of Oxford. He joined the University of Kent in 2012.

Zaki's main fields of research are economic development and applied theory. His current research deals, broadly, with the themes of social norms and household decision-making in developing countries, including work on the role of social norms on household decision-making, the impact of microfinance programmes on intra-household bargaining, the impact of formal law on customary practices and issues relating to early marriage and female education.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Kent