Dr. Agha Ali Akram
Agha Ali Akram received a Doctorate in Environmental Economics (2014) and Masters in Environmental Management (2008) from Yale University. Ali recently joined the Lahore University of Management Sciences as Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. Prior to joining LUMS, he was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University (2016-2017) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Evidence Action (2014 – 2016), where his research delved into the impact of seasonal income support programs on mitigating hunger risk in Bangladesh and the impact of innovative conditional cash transfer mechanisms on improving vaccination rates in Pakistan.
Ali’s research explores the economics of water resources in the developing world, particularly using
experimental methods to understand the adoption of drinking water decontaminating technologies by the urban poor. He continues to test and improve the use of low-cost and easy-to-implement tools that sharpen caregiver learning of benefits from the use of preventive health goods. He is also applying insights on improved learning to other domains such as nutrition and stunting. His broader research interests include the economics of water resources in Pakistan (especially in agriculture and irrigation), climate change and air pollution. He is implementing an air pollution monitoring system for Lahore.
Ali is an affiliated fellow with Interactive Research and Development (IRD), the Institute for Development and Economics Alternatives (IDEAS), and the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). He has been awarded several research grants including National Science of Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for Research in Economics (2012), Yale Institute of Biospheric Grant (2012), GiveWell (2014), Shahid Hussain Foundation grant (2018), LUMS Faculty Imitative Fund (2018) and mostrec ently the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) grant. He is also a John F. Enders Fellow (2012), Tropical Resource Institute Fellow (2010), Fulbright Scholar (2006) and a Leland Burt Scholar (2006).