Asim Ijaz Khwaja

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Electoral reform — the unfinished agenda

January 2, 2018

In their seminal and landmark research on the subject, Asim Khwaja and Atif Mian, two social scientists, have already shown that politically connected firms during the 1990s and early 2000s were 45 per cent more likely to obtain a loan from government-owned banks and were 50 per cent more likely to default on these loans. Many of these beneficiaries should be clearly ineligible for public representation.

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What if We Scored Schools? Notes from an Experiment in Delhi

December 19, 2017

The Sandhi Jankari Patrika (Sandhi Information Sheet) displayed in the salon is the culmination of months of extensive data collected from these 36 schools through surveys, student assessments and observations under the research study Sandhi. The study is being conducted by the Centre for Civil Society, a Delhi-based think tank and curator of the school choice campaign in the country. The project takes inspiration from Learning and Educational Achievements in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS), a six-year-long...

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Three barriers that make it hard for policymakers to use the evidence that development researchers produce

September 20, 2017

There has been a surge in policy research globally over the past two decades that is geared to promote evidence-based policymaking. But can policymakers put this evidence to use? Based on a survey of civil servants in India and Pakistan, EPoD staff and affiliates write an article about how simply presenting evidence to policymakers doesn’t necessarily improve their decision-making. 

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