Asim Khwaja

Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
Rubenstein-317
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 46
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-384-7790
Fax: 617-496-8753
Email: asim_ijaz_khwaja@harvard.edu
Assistant
Amanda LaPorta (617-496-7374)
Asim Khwaja

Profile

Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and faculty co-chair of the MPA/ID program. 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. It has been published in the 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, NY Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and CNN. His recent work ranges from understanding market failures in emerging financial markets to examining the private education market in low-income countries. He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 2009 to pursue research on how religious institutions impact individual beliefs. Khwaja received BS degrees in economics and in mathematics with computer science from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard. A Pakistani, UK, and US citizen, he was born in London, U.K., lived for eight years in Kano, Nigeria, the next eight in Lahore, Pakistan, and the last eighteen years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He continues to enjoy interacting with people around the globe.

 Asim Khwaja also serves as the faculty co-chair of a week-long executive education program, "Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice," aimed primarily at professionals involved in the design and regulation of financial products and services for low-income populations.

Courses

Fall

  • PED-101 Economic Development: Theory and Evidence

Spring

  • PED-102 Economic Development: Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design

Media Expertise

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