Asim Ijaz Khwaja
Director, Center for International Development and Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School
Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the Director of the Center for International Development and the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, and co-founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). His areas of interest include economic development, finance, education, political economy, institutions, and contract theory/mechanism design. His research combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy.
He has been published in leading economics journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has received coverage in numerous media outlets, such as The Economist, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and CNN.
Recent work by Asim Ijaz Khwaja
Providing information about reforms in local courts increases trust in state institutions and decreases use of non-state dispute resolution mechanisms
How can policymakers ensure high take-up rates for programmes designed to increase women’s economic empowerment?
Giving parents information on the performance of schools in Pakistan improved test scores and enrolment, and reduced the cost of private school...