Working Papers and Current Projects


Working Papers


Bank Credit and Business Networks (with A. Mian, Princeton and A. Qamar, State Bank of Pakistan), WP 2011.

Identifying Business Networks in Emerging Economies (with A. Mian, Princeton and A. Qamar, State Bank of Pakistan), WP 2005.


Bad Public Schools are Public Bads: Test Scores and Civic Values in Public and Private Schools (with T. Andrabi, N. Bau, and J. Das), WP 2010


Making Moves Matter: Experimental Evidence on Incentivizing Bureaucrats through Performance-Based Transfers, (with Adnan Khan and Ben Olken), WP 2016.

Skills, Return to Household and Poverty Reduction. (with Ali Cheema), WP 2010.


Current Projects


Crossing Boundaries:  Experimental Evidence on Skills Acquisition Access Constraints for Rural Women in Pakistan (with A. Cheema, F. Naseer, and J. Shapiro)

Skills, Beliefs, and Development: Examining skill-enhancing interventions in Pakistan (with A. Cheema, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), F. Naseer, LUMS, and Jacob Shapiro, Princeton)

Identifying the Impact of Decentralization: Evidence from Pakistan (with A. Cheema, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and A. Qadir, Pakistan Administrative Staff College)

Financing for Firms: Experimental Innovations in South Africa (with B. Klinger, Harvard University)

Divided We Fall: Understanding Retail Clusters (with J. Das, DECRG World Bank, and A. Mian, U of Chicago, GSB)


Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools, (with T. Andrabi, J. Das, N. Singh and S. Ozyurt)

Grants Intervention Report (with T. Andrabi, J. Das, and N. Singh). February 2016.

How Effective are Parent-Teacher School Councils? Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, and J.Das, DECRG World Bank)

Information and Choices: Examining Parental Investments Across Children (with T. Andrabi, Pomona, J.Das, DECRG World Bank, and J. Montalvo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)


Rebuilding the Social Compact: Urban Service Delivery and Property Taxes in Pakistan (with A. Khan, M. Shaukat and B. Olken).

Property Tax Experiment in Punjab, Pakistan: Testing the Role of Wages, Incentives and Audit on Tax Inspectors' Behavior (with B. Olken, MIT, and A. Qadir, IGC/LSE)

The Big March: Consequences of the 1947 Partition of India (with A. Mian, U of Chicago, GSB)