Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy SchoolCo-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), 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.

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Recent Publications

Delivering Education: A Pragmatic Framework for Improving Education in Low-Income Countries” (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J. Das, World Bank), forthcoming at Handbook of International Education.

Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Education Markets. (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J. Das, DECRG World Bank), forthcoming at American Economic Review.

Screening Peers Softly: Inferring the Quality of Small Borrowers, (with R. Iver, MIT, E. Luttmer, Dartmouth, and K. Shue, Chicago GSB) Management Science, Vol. 62(6), June 2016.

Tax Farming Redux: Experimental Evidence on Performance Pay for Tax Collectors (with A. Khan, LSE, and B. Olken, MIT), Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 131, No. 1, February 2016.

Latest Media

Tax Collection and Civil Society

December 7, 2016

Harvard Magazine


How Personality Testing could Help Financial Inclusion

October 1, 2016

The Economist


Education is becoming an extremist battleground in Pakistan

January 29, 2016

The Washington Post


Some lenders are judging you on much more than finances

December 19, 2015

Los Angeles Times


Making government work

November 10, 2015

Harvard Gazette

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