Tarek Ghani

Tarek Ghani is an assistant professor of strategy at Washington University’s Olin Business School, a nonresident fellow of the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Program, and a former chief economist of the International Crisis Group. Tarek’s research on business & government, international development, and international security has appeared in the American Economic Review, AEJ: Microeconomics, Review of Economics & Statistics, and Foreign Affairs.

Tarek is a senior economic adviser at the International Crisis Group, an associate of Princeton’s Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and an affiliate of LSE’s International Growth Centre. From 2020-2021, Tarek was chief economist and future of conflict program director at the International Crisis Group. From 2015-2016, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. From 2006-2009, he oversaw conflict prevention grants at the Humanity United foundation. He has worked with the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace and the World Bank.

At Olin, Tarek has taught MBA courses on strategy and business & government and Ph.D. seminars on organizational economics, non-market strategy and global strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in Business & Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. Tarek is a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

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 (Project Expansion)

    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