Faculty Profile

Dr. Ali Cheema

Associate Professor


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
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2014-151401
Principles of MicroeconomicsSpring Semester 2014-151402
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2015-161501
Principles of MicroeconomicsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Principles of MicroeconomicsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2016-171601
Principles of MicroeconomicsSpring Semester 2016-171602
Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2017-181701
  • Past Courses
    Law and EconomicsSpring Qtr 2003-04303
    Research TripSpring Qtr 2004-05403
    Institutional EconomicsWinter Qtr 2005-06502
    Humanitarian Crisis and Research ManagementWinter Qtr 2005-06502
    Principles of EconomicsAutumn Qtr 2006-07601
    Institutional EconomicsWinter Qtr 2006-07602
    Institutional EconomicsSpring Qtr 2006-07603
    Constitutional Political EconomySpring Qtr 2006-07603
    Principles of EconomicsAutumn Qtr 2007-08701
    ECON Independent Study IAutumn Qtr 2007-08701
    Institutional EconomicsWinter Qtr 2007-08702
    Topics in Economic HistoryWinter Qtr 2007-08702
    Institutions and development in historical perspectiveSpring Qtr 2007-08703
    ECON Independent Study ISummer Qtr 2007-08704
    Principles of EconomicsAutumn Qtr 2008-09801
    Seminar in Rural Development & Political Economy 1Autumn Qtr 2008-09801
    Development Economics TheoryWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Seminar in Rural Development & Political Economy IIWinter Qtr 2008-09802
    Development Economics TheorySpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Master's ThesisSpring Qtr 2008-2009803
    Independent StudySummer Qtr 2008-09804
    Development Economics TheoryFall Semester 2009-10901
    Principles of MicroeconomicsSpring Semester 2009-10902
    Development Economics TheorySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2011-121101
    Principles of MicroeconomicsFall Semester 2013-141301
    Principles of MicroeconomicsSpring Semester 2013-141302