Tahir Raza Shah Andrabi
Programme Director For Social Policy And Public Goods
Tahir Andrabi is a Professor of Economics, a visiting scholar at MIT, visiting researcher at LSE, and a consultant for the World Bank. He is current a board member and co-founder of CERP. Professor Andrabi is a graduate of Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He teaches classes in economic development, game theory, international economics and empirical microeconomics.
Tahir has been instrumental in primary school related policy planning in Pakistan. His research work includes the Learning and Education Achievement in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) project, a four year longitudinal study on quality of primary education in rural Punjab funded by the World Bank and the National Science Foundation. Tahir is currently a principal investigator on the Education Financing project being conducted in partnership with Tameer Microfinance Bank, a four year follow-up study of the LEAPS project, and a new evaluation project on primary schools in Sindh.
Tahir was one of the founding members of the award winning website, RISEPAK, a relief information systems portal for the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. He also conducted evaluations of the 2005 northern Pakistan earthquake in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan between 1999-2000, He was also a member of the tax and macroeconomic committees of the economic advisory board of the government of Pakistan.
He has published extensively in major economics and education journals. In 2007, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award for the best paper published in Comparative Education Review in 2006 from the Comparative and International Education Society. He co-founded RISEPAK, a website dedicated to coordinating relief in the aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake, which won the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.