Ali Cheema

Ali Cheema is a Lead Academic for IGC Pakistan.

Dr. Ali Cheema is one of the founding members and current board member at the Center of Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). He is also an Associate Professor of Economics (currently on leave) and a former head of the economics department (2004-2007) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS.  Dr. Cheema has extensive experience in research and policy work in the areas of political economy, governance, the applied economics of crime and social protection, skills and the labour market. He was a member of 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). His recent work includes large-scale impact evaluations of vocational training for poverty reduction programs in Punjab and the relationship between criminal incidence and labour market outcomes in Pakistan. A Rhodes Scholar, 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.     

Content by Ali Cheema
  • Project

    Effect of capacity in delivery of urban services

    As the developing world urbanises, there is increasing pressure to provide local public goods that allow people to live in dense communities. In Pakistan, this pressure is exacerbated by the rapid rate of urbanisation - by 2050, the urban share of the population is projected to be 60%. Therefore, a robust local government network is needed for the provision of essential...

    27 Nov 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Adnan Khan, Ali Cheema

  • Project

    Candidate attributes and political accountability: Evidence from Pakistan local government elections

    Political party-based local elections are widely advocated as key to strengthening democracy, and their outcomes can significantly impact local economic development. A randomised experiment to determine how locals in Punjab, Pakistan, choose to vote found that voters tend to prefer candidates with political connections over those who have proven to be competent,...

    25 Aug 2017 | Jacob Shapiro, Michael Callen, Ali Cheema

  • Blog post

    The role of election competition in strengthening Pakistan’s fledgling local democracy

    Using results and original survey data from the November 2015 local government elections in the Sargodha District of rural Punjab, Pakistan, insights are offered into the institutional and organisational responses that can help strengthen local democracy. These results form part of a larger research project being conducted by the Institute of Development and Economic...

    16 Mar 2017 | Asad Liaqat, Michael Callen, Ali Cheema, Adnan Khan, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Jacob Shapiro

  • Project

    Development of Punjab Growth Strategy 2018

    Punjab has been suffering from low rates of economic growth for the past few years The province needs to grow rapidly to provide enough jobs for its increasing labour force The Chief Minister asked the IGC to help develop a growth strategy for the province The strategy has now been adopted by the Government as its official Growth...

    19 Jan 2015 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid, Ali Cheema, Syed Turab Hussain, Syed Ali Hasanain, Azam Chaudhry, Nazish Afraz, Anjum Nasim, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Zeba Sathar, Sohaib Athar, Hina Shaikh

  • Project

    Skills, return to household and poverty reduction

    The Government of Punjab, Pakistan and DFID have launched a collaborative development programme, Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme (PEOP), for four economically marginalized districts in Southern Punjab: Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran and Muzaffargarh. The PEOP will focus on the provision of marketable skills and interventions related to the livestock and dairy...

    18 Nov 2014 | Ali Cheema, Muhammad Farooq Naseer

  • Project

    Breaking the countercyclical pattern of local democracy in Pakistan

    The history of Pakistan shows a paradoxically countercyclical pattern for local democracy. Three times in the history of Pakistan, elected institutions of local democracy have been created by military regimes, and each time the subsequent civilian governments have either failed to revive elected local governments or replaced them with unelected administrators. In the latest...

    18 Nov 2014 | Ali Cheema, Roger Myerson

  • Project

    The Political Economy of Public Sector Reform, Evidence from Teacher Hiring in Pakistan

    Good governance and effective policy are essential for sustained economic growth. Pakistan and other countries are struggling to transition from patron-client political systems, where politicians win office by providing targeted benefits to supporters at the expense of broader collective benefits, to performance-based systems. Many potential transparency-promoting public...

    4 Sep 2014 | Ali Cheema, Zubiar Bhatti, Jacob Shapiro

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan (Working Paper)

    1 May 2010 | Ali Cheema, Adnan Khan, Roger Myerson