Asim Khwaja

Asim Khwaja
  • Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development
    Harvard Kennedy School of Government

BSc degrees in Economics and in Mathematics with Computer Science, MIT; PhD in Economics, Harvard. 2009, Carnegie Scholar, to pursue research on how religious institutions impact individual beliefs. Currently, Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair, MPA/ID programme. Recent work ranges from understanding market failures in emerging financial markets to examining the private education market in low-income countries. Research combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy. Has been published in 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. Interests: economic development, finance, education, political economy, institutions, and contract theory/mechanism design.