Jishnu Das is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team) at The World Bank and a Visiting Scholar at The Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Economics in 2001. Since joining the World Bank, Jishnu has worked on issues related to the delivery of basic services, particularly health and education. His work draws upon data collected in Zambia (education), India (health and education), Pakistan (education) and Paraguay (health). His recent research focuses on the quality of health care ( Journal of Economic Perspectives, Health Affairs and the Journal of Development Economics); correlates of mental health (World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming and Social Science and Medicine ); the link between teacher absenteeism and student test-scores (Journal of Human Resources ); and the structure of educational provision in Pakistan (Comparative Education Review). In 2006, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. He also works on natural disasters in the context of an earthquake that hit Northern India and Pakistan in October 2005. He co-founded the website www.risepak.com to help coordinate relief in the aftermath of the quake. The website was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.