Faculty Profile

Dr. Ali Cheema

Associate Professor

Economics

Ali Cheema is Associate Professor of Economics and the Head of the Economics Department. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Economics and Politics from the University of Cambridge, a BA Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He has recently been asked to co-convene (with Profs. Barry Weingast, Stanford and Jean Paul Faguet, London School of Economics) the Initiative of Policy Dialogue (IPD), Columbia University, Taskforce on Decentralisation. He is also co-convener (with Prof. Mark Robinson, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex) of the State Capacity programme, funded by the Development Research Centre (DRC) on the Future State, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK.

He was also one of the founding members (along with Asim Khwaja, Harvard; Jishnu Das, World Bank and Tahir Andrabi, Pomona, College) of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK). His areas of research are political economy, public choice, development economics, economic history, governance and decentralisation and his work has a strong policy focus. His work uses a combination of methodologies that include social network analysis, ethnographies, archival work, and GIS mapping along with rigorous econometric analysis. Currently he is working on three projects that empirically analyse the impact of decentralisation, village land settlement histories, 1947 partition-migration effects and village-level informal institutions on voting behaviour, the politics of pro-poor public service delivery and the delivery of public goods to socially excluded households in Punjab, Pakistan. A part of this work is being funded from a Research Grant given by the DRC on the Future State, IDS, Sussex. In recent years, he has worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, DFID and the World Bank and has served on high level provincial and Federal Government taskforces and committees.

    • Book Section/chapter
      • Cheema, A. "Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan" . Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policymakers , Oxford University Press
    • Chapter
      • Cheema, A. .(2014). Pakistan’s Demographic Transition: Young Adults, Human Capital and Jobs . National Human Development Report , UNDP
    • Conference Papers
      • Cheema, A. Dynastic Politics, Political Parties and Electoral Competition in Punjab . Written for Sarah Lawrence College’s Conference, Re-Envisioning Pakistan: The Political Economy of Social Transformation ,
      • Cheema, A. Dynastic Politics in Pakistan: Facts, Myths, and Implications . European Association of South Asian Studies Conference ,
    • Report
      • Cheema, A. .(2014). PEOP Skills Intervention Report: Skills for Market 2013-14 Uptake Report . , Centre of Economic Research in Pakistan
      • Cheema, A. .(2014). PEOP Skills Intervention Report: Skills for Market 2013-14 Design and Compliance Report . , Centre of Economic Research in Pakistan
Semester Title Code
Fall Semester 2017-18 Principles of Microeconomics 1701
Spring Semester 2016-17 Principles of Microeconomics 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Principles of Microeconomics 1601
Spring Semester 2015-16 Principles of Microeconomics 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Principles of Microeconomics 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Principles of Microeconomics 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Principles of Microeconomics 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Principles of Microeconomics 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Principles of Microeconomics 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Principles of Microeconomics 1301
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Principles of Microeconomics 1101
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Development Economics Theory 902
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Principles of Microeconomics 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Development Economics Theory 901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09 Independent Study 804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Master's Thesis 803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009 Development Economics Theory 803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Seminar in Rural Development & Political Economy II 802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09 Development Economics Theory 802
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09 Seminar in Rural Development & Political Economy 1 801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09 Principles of Economics 801
    Summer Qtr 2007-08 ECON Independent Study I 704
    Spring Qtr 2007-08 Institutions and development in historical perspective 703
    Winter Qtr 2007-08 Topics in Economic History 702
    Winter Qtr 2007-08 Institutional Economics 702
    Autumn Qtr 2007-08 ECON Independent Study I 701
    Autumn Qtr 2007-08 Principles of Economics 701
    Spring Qtr 2006-07 Constitutional Political Economy 603
    Spring Qtr 2006-07 Institutional Economics 603
    Winter Qtr 2006-07 Institutional Economics 602
    Autumn Qtr 2006-07 Principles of Economics 601
    Winter Qtr 2005-06 Humanitarian Crisis and Research Management 502
    Winter Qtr 2005-06 Institutional Economics 502
    Spring Qtr 2004-05 Research Trip 403
    Spring Qtr 2003-04 Law and Economics 303