Adnan Khan

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Research and Policy Director

IGC London Hub, Researcher, Senior Management


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


Tax Farming Redux: Experimental Evidence on Incentive Pay for Tax Collectors (with Ben Olken, MIT, and Asim Khwaja, Harvard) Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming.

The Impact of Social Networks on Labour Market Outcomes: New Evidence from Cape Breton (with Steven Lehrer, Queen’s) NBER Working Paper, Canadian Public Policy 2013

Breaking the Counter-cyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan (with Roger Myerson, Chicago, and Ali Cheema, LUMS), in ‘Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policymakers’, edited by J.P. Faguet, Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

Decentralization in Pakistan: Context, Content and Causes (with Asim Khwaja, Harvard and Ali Cheema, LUMS), for Pranab Bardhan and Dilip Mookherjee’s Decentralization and Local Governance in Developing Countries, MIT Press, USA 2006

Capacity Development for Education Service Delivery in Pakistan: Top Down Devolution (with David Watson) in Public Administration and Development 2010

Capacity Building for Decentralized Education Service Delivery in Pakistan (with David Watson) (Discussion Paper 57G) European Centre for Development Policy Management: Maastricht 2005

Ongoing Projects

Tournaments for Posting: Using Transfers and Postings as an Incentive for Tax Inspectors (with Ben Olken, MIT and Asim Khwaja, Harvard)

Motivating Bureaucrats: Autonomy vs Performance Pay for Public Procurement (with Oriana Bandiera, LSE, Andrea Prat, Columbia, and Michael Best, Stanford)

The Design of Social Protection Programs for the Ultra-Poor: Asset Transfers versus Unconditional Cash Transfers (with Robin Burgess, LSE, Imran Rasul, UCL, Oriana Bandiera, LSE, and Orazio Attanasio, UCL)

Evaluating the Take-up, Usage, and Impact of Mobile Money Accounts (with Greg Fischer, LSE, Joshua Blumenstock, Washington, William Jack, Georgetown, Dean Karlan, Yale, and Tavneet Suri, MIT)

Identifying the Impact of Decentralization: Evidence from Pakistan (with Asim Khwaja, Harvard and Ali Cheema, LUMS)

Out of Sight Out of Mind: Reducing Collusion in Customs Inspections (with Ben Olken, MIT, Asim Khwaja, Harvard, and Michael Best, Stanford)

Effect of Employment on Volunteering and Health Outcomes: Evidence from a Community Employment Project in Canada (with Steven Lehrer, Queens)

Other Work

Punjab Economic Opportunities Program, Phase 1 Baseline Report for Livestock (with Imran Rasul, UCL, Saad Gulzar, IGC, David Hollywood, UCL, Hafsa Iqbal, CERP, and Arqam Lodhi, CERP) 2013

Punjab Economic Opportunities Program, Livestock Supply Side Surveys Report (with Imran Rasul, UCL, Omar Gondal, CERP, Anam Shoaib, CERP, Sahaab Sheikh, CERP, and Minahil Niazi, CERP) 2013

Tax in Developing Countries: Increasing Resources for Development (with Timothy Besley, LSE) Written Evidence for the International Development Select Committee, UK Parliament 2012

A Study of Informal Finance Markets in Pakistan Pakistan Microfinance Network 2005

Professional Experience

2009- International Growth Centre, LSE

2003-05 National School of Public Policy Pakistan

2003 Punjab Education Sector Reform Program

2001-02 Finance Department, Punjab

1995-2001 District Administration in Sindh as member of Pakistan Administrative Service

1990-95 Consultant, Project Manager for infrastructure and development projects


PhD Economics, Queen’s University
Master of Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School
B.Sc. Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology


Bureaucracy and Development, International Development Department, LSE

Development Economics, Queen’s Economics Department

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dr  adnan (2)

Research and Policy Director

IGC London Hub, Researcher, Senior Management


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)