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RAND International Development Speaker Series

Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools

Asim Khwaja
Professor of International Finance and Development
Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PT

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Asim Khwaja

About the Program

Low cost private schooling has been one of the fastest growing sectors in low-income countries. Yet these small "mom-and-pop" schools face significant growth obstacles both in terms of size and quality. Asim Khwaja studied the equilibrium effects of unconditional cash grants to private schools across more than 250 villages and 850 schools in rural Pakistan and will discuss his findings. Learn more »

About the Speaker

Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD). 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 he has received coverage in numerous media outlets such as the Economist, NY Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and CNN.

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