Research

Published Research Papers

In Aid We Trust: Hearts and Minds and the Pakistan Earthquake of 2005
(Joint with Jishnu Das)
Review of Economics and Statistics, Volume 99, Issue 3, July 2017, pp.371-386

Report Cards: The Impact of Providing Test-score information on Educational Markets
(with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
American Economic Review, Vol. 107, No. 6, June 2017, pp. 1535-63

Students Today, Teachers Tomorrow? Identifying constraints on the provision of education
(with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
Journal of Public Economics, Volume 100, April 2013, pp. 1–14

What Did You Do All Day? Maternal Education and Child Outcomes
(with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
Journal Of Human Resources, Volume 47, Number 4, Fall 2012, pp. 873-912

Do Value-Added Estimates Add Value? Accounting for Learning Dynamics
(Joint with Jishnu. Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja and Tristan Zajonc)
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, July 2011, 3(3): 29–54

Railways and Price Convergence in British India
(Joint with M. Kuehlwein)
The Journal of Economic History (2010), 70: 351-377 Cambridge University Press

A Dime a Day: The Possibilities and Limits of Private Schooling in Pakistan
(Joint with Jishnu Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
Comparative Education Review, vol. 52, no. 3, August 2008.

Religious School Enrollment in Pakistan: A Look at the Data
(Joint with Jishnu Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja and Tristan Zajonc)
Comparative Education Review, Vol, 50, No. 3, August 2006.

Subcontractors for Tractors: Theory and Evidence on Flexible Specialization
(Joint with Maitreesh Ghatak and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 79, Issue 2, (April 2006).(Lead Article)

Seigniorage, Taxation and Weak Government
Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, vol. 29(1), pages 106-26.February 1997

Bank Regulation and Debt Overhang
(Joint with A.Ripa di Meana)
Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, pages 460-478.1994

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Delivering Education: a pragmatic framework for improving education in low-income countries
(with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
Dixon, Pauline, Steve Humble and Chris Counihan, eds., Handbook of International Development and Education, (Edward Elgar, 2015)

Schooling of Last Resort: Madrassas, Private or Public Schools
(Joint with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
March 2010

The Madrassa Controversy: The Story Does Not Fit The Facts
(Joint with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
Forthcoming, Shahzad Bashir and Robert Crews, ed.
Under the Drones: Modern Lives in Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands, Harvard University Press.

Madrassa Metrics: The Statistics and Rhetoric of Religious Enrollment in Pakistan
(Joint with Jishnu Das, Asim Ijaz Khwaja and Tristan Zajonc)
In Beyond Crisis: A Critical Second Look at Pakistan, Routledge, 2010

Pakistan in David Arase, ed. Japanese ODA in the New Millennium: Continuities and Change (Routledge, 2005)

Policy Papers/Briefs

Education Policy In Pakistan: A Framework for Reform
(Joint with Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)
IGC Policy Brief, International Growth Center, London School of Economics, 2010

The LEAPS Report
April 2008

The Learning and Educational Achievement in Punjab Schools (LEAPS) Report provides an overview of the education sector based on the 2003 LEAPS Survey of schools, teachers, children, and households throughout rural Punjab.

Test Feasibility Survey
PAKISTAN: Education Sector

(Joint with J. Das, WB and A. Khwaja, Harvard)

The Rise of Private Schooling in Pakistan: Catering to the Urban Elite or Educating the Rural Poor?
(Joint with J. Das, WB and A. Khwaja, Harvard)

Working in Progress

How Effective are Parent-Teacher School Councils? Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country
(Joint with A.Khwaja, Harvard, and J.Das, DECRG World Bank)

Information and Choices: Parental School Choice in Rural Pakistan
(Joint with A.Khwaja, Harvard, J.Das, DECRG World Bank, and J. Montalvo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Does School Type Matter? Learning Differences between Private and Public Schools in Rural Pakistan
(Joint with A.Khwaja, Harvard, and J.Das, DECRG World Bank)

Newspaper/Magazine Articles

The power of information in improving school performance, June 26, 2017, VoxDev, http://voxdev.org/topic/health-education/power-information-improving-school-performance (with Jisnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja)

Education is becoming an extremist battleground in Pakistan, January 29, 2016, Washington Post, ttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/01/29/education-is-becoming-an-extremist-battleground-in-pakistan/ (with Asim Ijaz Khwaja)

The Promise of Pakistan’s Private Schools, Dec 11, 2014, The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-promise-of-pakistans-private-schools-1418317180

Responding to disasters – can we act in time? January 20, 2010, The Boston Globe (joint with Asim Ijaz Khwaja)

The Madrasa Myth, Foreign Policy, June 2009, Web exclusive, (Joint with  Jishnu Das, C. Christine Fair, and Asim Ijaz Khwaja). http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4958

Unsung Villains, The News, Islamabad, April 15, 2000

Creative Destruction, Pakistan Calling, Lahore, April 2000

Taxing Times, Pakistan Calling, Lahore, February 2000