Shahrukh Wani

Shahrukh Wani is a Cities Economist for the International Growth Centre (IGC) based at the Blavatnik School of Government in the University of Oxford. Here he works on IGC’s Cities that Work initiative led by Sir Paul Collier (Oxford), Ed Glaeser (Harvard), and Tony Venables (Oxford).

Shahrukh’s functional research include urban economics, social networks, and political economy of institutions, and a geographical focus on South Asia.

Before joining IGC, Shahrukh held appointments at the Grameen Foundation and the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), working on the Poverty Probability Index at both. He was also engaged with ActionAid as a consultant on taxation policy.

Wani 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.

Shahrukh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of London, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

He tweets @ShahrukWani.

Content by Shahrukh Wani
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    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