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Ahmad Zia Wahdat

Afghan Policy Lab Non-Resident Fellow


Ahmad Zia Wahdat is an applied economist. Through his research, he aims to understand behaviors and resiliency of households and food systems, to help identify policy solutions. He studies consumer behavior, household financial decisions, and attitudes under natural disasters, economic shocks, or policy changes. He also studies vulnerability and exposure of food supply chains and tries to understand their resiliency against adverse events. In his research, he pays special attention to socially and economically disadvantaged groups. From a policy perspective, his research aim is to inform government efforts regarding household food insecurity and post-disaster food environments. He uses causal inference methods, lab experiments, and machine learning methods to identify economic parameters of interest.

He has worked with organizations in the nonprofit and academic sectors. Most of his work involves academic research or project management. He has worked with the World Bank, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, German International Cooperation (in Afghanistan), and CSIS. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, brewing coffee, reading, improving coding skills, and thinking of solutions for disadvantaged units in society.

He received his PhD in agricultural economics from Purdue University, a Master of Science in economics from Tufts University, and a BA honors in economics from Oberlin College.