M. Najeeb Shafiq is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, and Department of Economics (secondary appointment). He uses large data and advanced quantitative methods to explore educational topics in developing countries and the U.S. Dr. Shafiq has served as a consultant for the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and organizations in Bangladesh, Morocco, Pakistan, and the U.S. He received his PhD in Economics and Education from Columbia University, and previously held faculty appointments at Indiana University at Bloomington and Washington and Lee University.


Selected Projects of Note

  • 2010 The World Bank, Washington, DC (Project: The economy and education in Lesotho)
  • 2010  Millennium Challenge Corporation (Project: Evidence on the economic benefits of tertiary education in developing countries)
  • 2009  The World Bank, Washington, DC (Project: The impact of macroeconomic crises on labor market outcomes and education)
  • 2008  The World Bank, Washington, DC (Project: Econometric analysis of PISA data for Eastern European and Central Asian countries)
  • 2006 Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary and New York, NY (Project: Designing and evaluating educational vouchers in Punjab, Pakistan)
  • 2005-2006 Government of Morocco (Project: Moroccan National Education Accounts)
  • 2004 The World Bank, Washington, DC (Projects: South Asian labor markets; Informal employment in India)
  • 2003 The World Bank Resident Mission, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Project: Child labor in Bangladesh)

Recent Publications

  •  Shafiq, M. Najeeb (2011). “Do school incentives and accountability measures raise skills in the Middle East and North Africa? The cases of Jordan and Tunisia,” Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 7(2), article 2.
  • Shafiq, M. Najeeb (2011). “What criteria should policymakers use for assisting households with educational expenditure? The case of urban Bangladesh,” South Asia Economic Journal 12(1), pp. 25-37.
  • Shafiq, M. Najeeb and Abdulkader Sinno (2010). “Education, income, and attitudes on suicide bombing: Evidence from six Muslim countries,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 54(1), pp. 146-178.
  • Shafiq, M. Najeeb (2010). “Do education and income affect support for democracy in Muslim countries? Evidence from the Pew Global Attitudes Project,” Economics of Education Review 29(3), pp. 461-469.
  • Shafiq, M. Najeeb and Karen Ross (2010). “Educational attainment and attitudes towards war in Muslim countries contemplating war: The cases of Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Turkey,” Journal of Development Studies 46(8), pp. 1424-1441.

Substantive Areas

  • Decentralization and Subnational Governance
  • Capacity building
  • Civil society


  • Asia
  • Middle East
  • North Africa

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