Asad Liaqat is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University. His fields of study are political economy and behavioral economics in developing countries. In particular, he is doing research on how citizens’ subjective expectations from the state are formed, party responsiveness to voter preferences at a local level and the importance of political connections for local government elections. He is also conducting a randomized evaluation of an intervention aimed at fostering empathy and tolerance among school children in Pakistan and India. At EPoD, he is working in collaboration with Asim Khwaja, Michael Callen and Adnan Khan to study the constraints that civil servants face in using evidence and how they update their beliefs in the face of new evidence. Before starting his PhD, Asad was a Research Associate at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). He holds a BA in Political Economy and Philosophy from Williams College.