Tarek Ghani

Tarek Ghani is an Assistant Professor at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. His research examines the development of emerging economies, in particular the impact of competition, finance and technology on market power and institutional weakness. At Olin, Tarek teaches the PMBA core strategy course and PhD-level organisational economics and non-market strategy.

Tarek is an affiliate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project and the International Growth Centre (IGC). During 2015-2016, Tarek was the ESOC Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Tarek received his Ph.D. and M.S. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and B.S. in Symbolic Systems with International Security Honors from Stanford University. From 2006-2009, Tarek oversaw grants on conflict prevention issues at the private foundation Humanity United. He previously worked at the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the World Bank.

Content by Tarek Ghani
  • Project

    Community monitoring to address leakage in roads construction in Afghanistan

    Monitoring spending can reduce leakages and corruption in infrastructure spending. However, monitoring is difficult in conflict-ridden countries where government is weak.  We evaluated a Community Based Monitoring programme, which enlisted local volunteers to monitor the quality of rural road construction adjoining their villages. Road quality was measured...

    31 Jan 2017 | Michael Callen, Eli Berman, Tarek Ghani

  • Project

    Government mobile salary payments in Afghanistan

    In this project, researchers evaluated the introduction of mobile salary payments (MSPs) for employees in the Afghan Ministry of Labour, Martyrs, Social Affairs and Disabled (MoLMSAD). MSPs have the potential to decrease the amount spent on ‘ghost’ workers and increase satisfaction amongst bureaucrats by paying them more accurately and on time, and in turn,...

    6 Jul 2016 | Michael Callen, Tarek Ghani, Joshua Blumenstock

  • Project

    High-resolution measures of poverty and vulnerability in Afghanistan: Cost-effective solutions based on mobile phone data

    To make informed decisions, policymakers need accurate and timely information on the social and economic state of a nation and its population. Reliable measures of economic activity, population density, physical security, and migration are a few examples of information that play a critical role in guiding public policy. In Afghanistan and many other developing countries, it...

    7 Apr 2016 | Joshua Blumenstock, Tarek Ghani, Michael Callen, Jacob Shapiro

  • Project

    Risk and relationships: Ice retailing in the Sierra Leone fishing industry

    The emerging markets of low-income countries are often characterised by uncertainty and instability, weak enforcement of formal contracts and thin supplier markets, making informal contractual relationships especially important. When market structures change, how do those relationships change? Researchers who studied the ice retail business in Sierra Leone’s fishing...

    4 Mar 2015 | Tarek Ghani, Tristan Reed

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Relationships, risk and rents: Evidence from a market for ice

    24 Jan 2015 | Tarek Ghani, Tristan Reed