Gharad Bryan

Gharad Bryan is a Research Programme Director for the IGC Cities research programme.

Bryan is a Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Associate of the STICERD Economic Organisation and Public Policy programme. His research interests include development economics, behavioural economics, and experimental economics.

Content by Gharad Bryan
  • Publication - Project Report

    State capacity in Punjab’s local governments: Benchmarking existing deficits

    25 Aug 2020 | Gharad Bryan, Ali Cheema, Ameera Jamal, Asad Liaqat, Gerard Padró i Miquel

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - Cities (Draft)

    18 Dec 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Edward Glaeser, Nick Tsivanidis

  • Project

    Effect of capacity in delivery of urban services

    As the developing world urbanises, there is increasing pressure to provide local public goods that allow people to live in dense communities. In Pakistan, this pressure is exacerbated by the rapid rate of urbanisation - by 2050, the urban share of the population is projected to be 60%. Therefore, a robust local government network is needed for the provision of essential...

    27 Nov 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Adnan Khan, Ali Cheema

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Lessons learned from a scale-up of a seasonal migration RCT in Bangladesh

    When development programmes expand from small-scale evaluations to large-scale implementation, the increase in size requires new administration and management practices. Project administration can potentially limit the effectiveness of programmes at scale even if there are few changes in implementation and delivery of service. In 2017, in partnership with Evidence...

    15 Nov 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Karim Naguib, Maira Reimão, Ashish Shenoy

  • Data Item

    Data: Encouraging seasonal migration to mitigate the consequences of a seasonal famine in rural Bangladesh

    Hunger during pre-harvest lean seasons is widespread in the agrarian areas of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. We randomly assign an $8.50 incentive to households in rural Bangladesh to out-migrate during the lean season. The incentive induces 22% of households to send a seasonal migrant, their consumption at the origin increases significantly, and treated households are 8-10...

    1 Mar 2019

  • Publication - Working Paper

    No Lean Season 2017 summary of results

    9 Jan 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Karim Naguib, Maira Reimão, Ashish Shenoy

  • Project

    Cost effective panel data collection

    Context and primary motivation for the study The urban literature on developing country cities is still growing. One of the major constraints, however, is access to good quality data. Existing data sources are often costly or difficult to get, frequently do not measure prices, are not individual specific, do not allow for tracking of individuals, and are available...

    24 Jan 2018 | Julia Bird, Gharad Bryan, Simon Franklin, Astrid Haas

  • Project

    Cost effective panel data collection for Kampala

    This Kampala based study will pilot methods for collecting low-cost, high-frequency panel survey data that improves on existing data sources in three ways. The data will provide information about prices (consumer prices, wages, and rents) at the individual and location level; The data will allow for the creation of commuting flows at the individual (or group)...

    9 Oct 2017 | Gharad Bryan, Simon Franklin, Julia Bird, Astrid Haas

  • Blog post

    Sharing once hidden information: Credit bureaus, MFIs, and client welfare

    For at least 30 years, the microfinance movement sought to provide credit in settings where strong constraints meant traditional banking methods weren’t feasible. One particular constraint to traditional banking methods was the high fixed cost of information gathering, storage and dissemination. Over time, this constraint has been relaxed as microfinance institutions...

    2 Mar 2017 | Gharad Bryan, Greg Fischer, Jonathan de Quidt, Ali Akbar

  • Project

    Evaluating the impacts of the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system

    Across the developing world, tens of millions of people live in large cities in which the cost of commuting and transport in general is extremely high. Existing evidence suggests that these costs may reduce the ability of poor households to access jobs and important amenities. Cities across the developing world are making significant investments in urban transport...

    25 Jan 2017 | Gharad Bryan, Bilal Siddiqi, Melanie Morten

  • Project

    Randomised impact evaluation of farmer participatory innovative agricultural practices

    Low production and productivity are problems that characterise the agricultural sector in Mozambique. Although most people in Mozambique practice agriculture, the sector contributes to a relatively low proportion of the country's GDP. Modern technologies such as chemical fertisers, improved seeds, irrigation, etc, could potentially increase agricultural productivity, but,...

    24 Nov 2016 | Cátia Batista, Dean Karlan, Gharad Bryan

  • Project

    Understanding the efficiency effects of a credit bureau: A cluster randomised controlled trial

    Over the past 50 years microfinance institutions (MFIs) have worked on a model to provide credit without the usual infrastructure required by traditional banks. Increasingly, however, MFIs are looking for new ways of doing business, and as their scale and income increases, they are able to incorporate some of the features of modern banking, for example the use of a credit...

    28 Aug 2015 | Aban Haq, Gharad Bryan, Jonathan de Quidt, Greg Fischer

  • Multimedia Item - Audio

    Africa Growth Forum 2015: Gharad Bryan

    23 Jul 2015

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC cities research group 2015: Gharad Bryan

    2 Jun 2015

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Encouraging seasonal migration to mitigate the consequences of a seasonal famine in rural Bangladesh (Policy Brief)

    In Bangladesh, during the annual seasonal famine, incomes decrease by 50-60% and expenditures on food drop by 10-25%. The government has instituted food or cash-for-work programs, while NGOs attempt to enhance income and employment mostly through credit and to a lesser extent through job training and marketing initiatives. However, there is a need for long term...

    1 Jun 2014 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Shyamal Chowdhury, Jashim Uddin, Gharad Bryan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Under-investment in a Profitable Technology: The Case of Seasonal Migration in Bangladesh (Working Paper)

    1 Jan 2014 | Gharad Bryan, Shyamal Chowdhury, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • Project

    Encouraging seasonal migration to mitigate the consequences of a seasonal famine in rural Bangladesh

    In the worst-affected region of Bangladesh, during the annual seasonal famine, incomes decrease by 50-60% and expenditures on food drop by 10-25%. The government has instituted food or cash-for-work programs, while NGOs attempt to enhance income and employment mostly through credit and to a lesser extent through job training and marketing initiatives. However, there is a...

    1 Feb 2010 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Shyamal Chowdhury, Gharad Bryan, Jashim Uddin