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.

Enterprising Psychometrics and Poverty Reduction (with B. Klinger, HBS and C. del Carpio). Springer Briefs Series 'Innovative Psychology for Poverty Reduction', Sharon Panulla & Stuard C. Carr (Eds.), May 2013. Available from

Rent Seeking and Corruption in Financial Markets (with A. Mian, Princeton), Annual Review of Economics, 3(1): 579-600, 2011.

Tracing the Impact of Bank Liquidity Shocks: Evidence from an Emerging Market (with A. Mian, Princeton). American Economic Review, 98(4): 1413-1442, 2008.

Subcontractors for Tractors: Theory and Evidence on Flexible Specialization, Supplier Selection, and Contracting (with T. Andrabi, Pomona and M. Ghatak, LSE) Journal of Development Economics, 79(2): 273-302, 2006.

Do Lenders Favor Politically Connected Firms? Rent provision in an Emerging Financial Market (with A. Mian, Princeton). Quarterly Journal of Economics, 120(4): 1371-1411, 2005.

Unchecked Intermediaries: Price Manipulation in an Emerging Stock Market (with A. Mian, Princeton). Journal of Financial Economics, 78(1): 203-241, 2005.

Dollars Dollars Everywhere, Nor Any Dime to Lend? (with A. Mian, Princeton and B. Zia, World Bank). Review of Financial Studies. Vol. 23(12): 4281-4323, 2008.


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 June 2017 in the American Economic Review.

Online Appendix for "Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Education Markets."

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

Students Today, Teachers Tomorrow: Do Public Investments Alleviate Constraints on the Provision of Private Education? (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J.Das, DECRG World Bank). Journal of Public Economics. Vol. 100(1): 1-14, April 2013.

What Did You Do All Day? Mothers and Child Educational Outcomes (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J.Das, DECRG World Bank), Journal of Human Resources.Vol. 47(4): 873-912, 2012.

The Madrassa Controversy: The Story Does Not Fit the Facts (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J. Das, DECRG World Bank). Shahzad Bashir and Robert Crews, ed. Under the Drones: Modern Lives in Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands, Harvard University Press. June 2011.

Education Policy in Pakistan: A Framework for Reform (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J.Das, DECRG World Bank) Policy Brief: International Growth Center, Pakistan. December 2010.

Do Value-Added Estimates Add Value? Accounting for Learning Dynamics (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J.Das, DECRG World Bank, and T. Zajonc, Harvard), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(3): 29-54, 2011.

Learning and Educational Achievements in Punjab Schools (LEAPS): Insights to inform the education policy debate (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J. Das, T. Vishwanath, World Bank, T. Zajonc, Harvard), Forthcoming, Oxford University Press.

Test Feasibility Survey - PAKISTAN: Education Sector 
Main Text & Bibliography of the Report. Other appendices available upon request

The Madrasa Myth (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J. Das, World Bank, C. Fair, Georgetown). Foreign Policy, June 2009.

A Dime a Day: The Possibilities and Limits of Private Schooling in Pakistan (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J.Das, DECRG World Bank). Comparative Education Review, 52(3): 329-355, 2008.

Religious School Enrollment in Pakistan: A Look at the Data (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J.Das, DECRG World Bank and T. Zajonc, Harvard). Comparative Education Review, 50(3): 446-477, 2006.

Winner of the George Bereday Award for outstanding article published in the CER for the year 2006 Review. Click here to see Media Coverage.


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.

The Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering (with D. Clingingsmith, Case Western, and M. Kremer, Harvard). Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124(3): 1133-1170, 2009.

Awarded Carnegie Fellowship (2009-2011, $100K) by the Carnegie Corporation to pursue research on how religious institutions impact beliefs.

The Partition of India: Demographic Consequences (with P. Bharadwaj, UCSD and A. Mian, Princeton). International Migration. June 2009.

Can Good Projects Succeed in Bad Communities? Journal of Public Economics. 93(7): 899-916, 2008.

Field Questionnaires for "Can Good Projects Succeed in Bad Communities?"

The Big March: Migratory Flows After the Partition of India (with P. Bharadwaj, UCSD and A. Mian, Princeton, GSB). Economic and Political Weekly, 43(35): 39-49, 2008.

Mecca and Moderation (with D. Clingingsmith, Case Western, and M. Kremer, Harvard). The New York Times & The International Herald Tribune, May 20, 2008.

Madrassa Metrics: The Statistics and Rhetoric of Religious Enrollment in Pakistan. (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J.Das, DECRG World Bank and T. Zajonc, Harvard). Beyond Crisis: A Critical Second Look at Pakistan, Naveeda Khan (Ed.), Routledge, May 2008.

Local Government Reforms in Pakistan: Context, Content and Causes (with A. Cheema, Lahore University of Management Sciences and A. Qadir, Pakistan Administrative Staff College). Decentralization and Local Governance in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective, D. Mookherjee and P. Bardhan (Eds.)Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, July 2006.

Measuring Empowerment at the Community Level: An Economist’s PerspectiveMeasuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, Deepa Narayan (ed.,). Washington, DC : World Bank, 2005.

Is Increasing Community Participation Always a Good Thing? Journal of the European Economic Association, 2(2-3):427-436, 2004.