Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Ali Cheema is a Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS. He is also an Associate Professor of Economics (currently on leave) and a former head of department (2004-2007) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Cheema has extensive experience in research and policy work in the field of economics. He co-convened the Initiative of Policy Dialogue (IPD), Columbia University, Taskforce on Decentralization and was one of the founding members of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK). He has recently worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank and has served on high level provincial and federal government taskforces and committees. He is also one of the founding members and current research fellows at the Center of Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) Dr. Cheema holds a BA (Honors) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He received his MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development, and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

IDEAS Research


Other Publications

  • ‘Inequality, institutions and economic mobility: Reexamining the growth-poverty nexus' (with M. Farooq Naseer) Social Science and Policy Bulletin Winter 2010, Lahore University of Management Sciences.
  • ‘The Geography of Poverty: Evidence from the Punjab' (with Lyyla Khalid and Manasa Patnam), Lahore Journal of Economics, September 2008.
  • ‘Decentralization and Inequality in Pakistan: Bridging the Gap that Divides' (with Shandana Mohmand) in S. M. Ali and M.A. Saqib (eds.) Devolution and Governance Reforms in Pakistan. OUP: Karachi. 2008
  • ‘Accountability Failures and the Decentralization of Service Delivery in Pakistan' (with S. Mohmand), IDS Bulletin, 38(1). 2007
  • ‘Decentralization in Pakistan: Context, Content and Causes' (with A. Khwaja and A. Khan) in P. Bardhan and D. Mookherjee (eds.) Decentralization in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective. MIT Press 2006.
  • ‘Decentralization in Pakistan: Context, Content and Causes' (with Asim Ijaz Khwaja, and Adnan Qadir) Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP05-034, April 2005.
  • ‘Corporate Governance in Pakistan : Issues of Ownership, Control and the Law' (with Faisal Bari and Osama Siddique) in F. Sobhan and W. Werner (eds.) A Comparative Analysis of Corporate Governance in South Asia: Charting a Road Map for Bangladesh. Bangladesh Enterprise Institute. 2003
  • ‘State and Capital in Pakistan: The Changing Political Economy of Accumulation in A'. Mukherjee-Reed (eds.) Corporate Capitalism in Contemporary South Asia. Macmillan UK. 2003
  • ‘Technology, Trade and Industrial Policy for Developing Countries: An Institutional, Political & Technological View' (with Dr. H. J. Chang), in the Journal of Economics of Innovation and New Technology ( Vol. X, No.1&2). The Special Issue on Technology and Industrial Policy in Developing Countries. 2002
  • ‘Conditions for Successful Technology Policy in Developing Countries – Learning Rents, State Structures and Institutions' (with Dr. H. J. Chang), Discussion Paper # 2001-8: The Institute for New Technologies, The United Nations University, Maastricht. 2002
  • The Economic Effects of Rent-Seeking and Corruption in Pakistan: The Spinning Sector Case, Working Paper # 001/2002: Lahore University of Management Sciences. 2002