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    • Bank Credit And Business Networks 

      Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Mian, Atif; Abid, Qamar (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2011)
      We construct the topology of business networks across the population of firms in an emerging economy, Pakistan, and estimate the value that membership in large yet diffuse networks brings in terms of access to bank credit ...
    • Do Value-Added Estimates Add Value? Accounting for Learning Dynamics 

      Andrabi, Tahir; Das, Jishnu; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Zajonc, Tristan (2008)
      Evaluations of educational programs commonly assume that what children learn persists over time. The authors compare learning in Pakistani public and private schools using dynamic panel methods that account for three key ...
    • Essays at the Intersection of Development and Education Economics 

      Bau, Natalie (2015-04-21)
      This dissertation uses tools from economics to study three different aspects of educational markets in the developing world. In chapter 1, I analyze how competition among private schools in Pakistan affects student outcomes ...
    • Essays in Development Economics 

      Trucco, Laura Carolina (2015-09-04)
      Economic development, more often than not, is tightly connected to good governance and adequate provision of public goods and services. My dissertation examines characteristics of developing countries that are relevant to ...
    • Essays in Political Economy and Development 

      Okunogbe, Oyebola Motunrayo (2016-05-17)
      Chapter 1 examines the impact of interethnic exposure on national integration in a multiethnic state. It uses variation arising from a mandatory program in Nigeria that randomly posted university graduates to different ...
    • Essays on Local Economic Growth in India 

      Novosad, Paul (2013-10-18)
      This dissertation explores how local circumstances affect local
    • Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering 

      Clingingsmith, David; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Kremer, Michael R. (MIT Press, 2009)
      We estimate the impact on pilgrims of performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Our method compares successful and unsuccessful applicants in a lottery used by Pakistan to allocate Hajj visas. Pilgrim accounts stress that ...
    • Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering 

      Clingingsmith, David; Khwaja, Asim; Kremer, Michael (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2008-04)
      We present a model with pre-marital schooling investment, endogenous marital matching and spousal specialization in homework and market production. Investment in schooling raises wages and generates two kinds of returns ...
    • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Examining the Extent and Implications of Low Persistence in Child Learning 

      Andrabi, Tahir; Das, Jishnu; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Zajonc, Tristan (2009)
      Learning persistence plays a central role in models of skill formation, estimates of education production functions, and evaluations of educational programs. In non-experimental settings, estimated impacts of educational ...
    • Land, Labor and Technology: Essays in Development Economics 

      Fernando, Asanga Nilesh (2015-05-17)
      Many of the world's rural poor make a living from agriculture. Consequently, the productivity of agriculture and non-agricultural employment opportunities are important determinants of rural poverty and the subject matter ...
    • Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Educational Markets 

      Andrabi, Tahir; Das, Jishnu; Khwaja, Asim (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2014-06)
      We study the impact of providing school and child test scores on subsequent test scores, prices, and enrollment in markets with multiple public and private providers. A randomly selected half of our sample villages (markets) ...
    • Screening in New Credit Markets: Can Individual Lenders Infer Borrower Creditworthiness in Peer-to-Peer Lending? 

      Iyer, Rajkamal; Khwaja, Asim Ijaz; Luttmer, Erzo F.P.; Shue, Kelly (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2009)
      The current banking crisis highlights the challenges faced in the traditional lending model, particularly in terms of screening smaller borrowers. The recent growth in online peer-to-peer lending marketplaces offers ...
    • Screening Peers Softly: Inferring the Quality of Small Borrowers 

      Khwaja, Asim; Iyer, Rajkamal; Luttmer, Erzo F.P.; Shue, Kelly (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2013-03)
      The recent banking crisis highlights the challenges faced in credit intermediation. New online peer-to-peer lending markets offer opportunities to examine lending models that primarily cater to small borrowers and that ...
    • Trust in State and Non-State Actors: Evidence from Dispute Resolution in Pakistan 

      Acemoglu, Daron; Cheema, Ali; Khwaja, Asim; Robinson, James A. (Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2019-07)
      Lack of trust in state institutions, often due to poor service provision, is a pervasive problem in many developing countries. It may also be one of the reasons citizens turn to non-state actors for services. This paper ...