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Asim Khwaja
Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development
Co-director
Evidence for Policy Design

Professor Khwaja’s research combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy. His current projects include examining the effectiveness of peer-to-peer lending markets, designing feasible performance-pay schemes for public sector employees, developing financing mechanisms and educational support services for low-cost private schools, and enhancing human capital through accessible vocational training initiatives. He is co-founder of the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab, a social enterprise that uses psychometric testing to unleash financing for small and medium-sized enterprises. He is also a founding director of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). Khwaja leads a number of research engagements with policy counterparts in South Asia and the Middle East to answer pressing questions of policy importance. Khwaja received BS degrees in economics and in mathematics with computer science from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard. VIEW FULL BIO