Shahrukh Wani

Shahrukh “Shah” Wani is a Cities Economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC)’s Blavatnik School of Government-based Cities that Work team. At Cities that Work, Shah works under the direction of Sir Paul Collier (Oxford), Ed Glaeser (Harvard), and Tony Venables (Oxford) to translate economic research and practitioner experience into policy guidance for cities in developing countries.

Before his current role as a Cities Economist, Shah worked as a Research Assistant at the International Growth Centre, based at the London School of Economics (LSE). During this, Shah specifically worked as part of IGC’s knowledge partnership with UN-Habitat to implement the strategic phase of the Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Global Future Cities Programme. He helped create a comprehensive knowledge base for subsequent policy interventions in 19 middle-income cities.

Before joining IGC, Shah was a graduate student at the LSE’s Department for International Development. At LSE, he studied a blend of courses in institutional theory, development economics, and public service delivery – graduating in the fall of 2018. For his graduate dissertation, he created a theoretical model on the role of social networks in determining tax compliance behaviour.

While a student, he also worked with ActionAid UK as a consultant on taxation in four developing countries and co-authored a report highlighting progressive policy options for increasing tax revenue. Before this, Shah worked as an intern at the Grameen Foundation and the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), working on the Progress out of Poverty Index (now the Poverty Probability Index) at both.

Shah is also a frequent writer on the political economy of development, particularly on his native Pakistan, and has been published in several newspapers including The Guardian and Dawn.

He tweets @ShahrukWani , and his website can be accessed here.

Content by Shahrukh Wani
  • Blog post

    Getting the right institutions in place to run Africa’s cities efficiently

    Over the next 16 years, all of the world’s 10 fastest growing cities are going to be in Africa. If this growth is a process of people voting with their feet, as last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics Paul Romer once put it, these cities are winning. Yet urbanisation in many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is not delivering the...

    22 May 2019 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Urban governance institutions: Policy options for fast growing cities

    Developing countries today are home to all of the world’s thirty fastest-growing major cities — with sub-Saharan Africa home to twenty-one of these thirty. This rapid growth has made these cities the epicentre for the battle for national prosperity, a struggle whose outcome depends on the policy choices made by city leaders. Policy options which target the...

    30 Apr 2019 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani

  • Blog post

    Reforming Pakistan’s tax system: Evidence-based suggestions

    As Pakistan fails to collect a decent proportion of own-source revenue, it has little choice than to take on debt or depend on more creative means, such as a recent crowdfunding campaign, to fund public projects.  Where does Pakistan stand? Pakistan tax-to-GDP ratio is about 12% . In comparison, OECD countries raise taxes equivalent to about 34% of their GDP. This limits...

    3 Dec 2018 | Shahrukh Wani