Shahid Yusuf

Shahid Yusuf is Chief Economist of the Growth Dialogue. Dr. Yusuf has written extensively on development issues, with a special focus on East Asia and has also published widely in various academic journals. He has authored or edited 24 books on industrial and urban development, innovation systems and tertiary education. His five most recent books are: Development Economics through the Decades (2009); Tiger Economies under Threat (co-authored with Kaoru Nabeshima, 2009); Two Dragonheads: Contrasting development paths for Beijing and Shanghai (co-authored with Kaoru Nabeshima 2010); Changing the Industrial Geography in Asia: The Impact of China and India (co-authored with Kaoru Nabeshima 2010); and China Urbanizes (co-edited with Tony Saich, 2008). Dr. Yusuf holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University. He joined the World Bank in 1974 as a Young Professional and while at the Bank spent more than 35 years tackling issues confronting developing countries.  During his tenure at the World Bank, Dr. Yusuf was the team leader for the World Bank-Japan project on East Asia’s Future Economy from 2000-2009. He was the Director of the World Development Report 1999/2000, Entering the 21st Century. Prior to that, he was Economic Adviser to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist (1997-98), Lead Economist for the East Africa Department (1995-97) and Lead Economist for the China and Mongolia Department (1989-1993). Dr. Yusuf lives in Washington DC and consults with the World Bank and with other organizations.

Content by Shahid Yusuf
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Can Chinese FDI Accelerate Pakistan's Growth? (Working Paper)

    Pakistan’s GDP growth has slowed to a barely 3 percent rate that is economically and politically unacceptable. The country’s technological backwardness, its low-level of industrialisation, the scale of its domestic market and the youth bulge all suggest that it is punching much below its weight. There is economic potential that is not being exploited if a virtuous...

    3 Sep 2014 | Shahid Yusuf

  • Project

    Global Garments Trade

    Pakistan’s GDP growth has slowed to a barely 3 percent rate that is economically and politically unacceptable. The country’s technological backwardness, its low-level of industrialisation, the scale of its domestic market and the youth bulge all suggest that it is punching much below its weight. There is economic potential that is not being exploited if a virtuous...

    3 Sep 2014 | Shahid Yusuf

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Can Chinese FDI Accelerate Pakistan's Growth? (Working Paper)

    1 Feb 2013 | Shahid Yusuf

  • Project

    Strategy for attracting investment from China

    Pakistan’s GDP growth has slowed to a barely 3 percent rate that is economically and politically unacceptable. The country’s technological backwardness, its low-level of industrialisation, the scale of its domestic market and the youth bulge all suggest that it is punching much below its weight. There is economic potential that is not being exploited if a virtuous...

    1 Apr 2012 | Shahid Yusuf