Faculty Profile

Dr. Ali Cheema

Associate Professor

Department Of 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.

Fall Semester 2018-19Principles of Microeconomics1801
Spring Semester 2017-18Principles of Microeconomics1702
Fall Semester 2017-18Principles of Microeconomics1701
Spring Semester 2016-17Principles of Microeconomics1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Principles of Microeconomics1601
Spring Semester 2015-16Principles of Microeconomics1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Principles of Microeconomics1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Principles of Microeconomics1501
Spring Semester 2014-15Principles of Microeconomics1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Principles of Microeconomics1401
  • Past Courses
    Spring Semester 2013-14Principles of Microeconomics1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Principles of Microeconomics1301
    Fall Semester 2011-12Principles of Microeconomics1101
    Spring Semester 2009-10Development Economics Theory902
    Spring Semester 2009-10Principles of Microeconomics902
    Fall Semester 2009-10Development Economics Theory901
    Summer Qtr 2008-09Independent Study804
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Master's Thesis803
    Spring Qtr 2008-2009Development Economics Theory803
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Seminar in Rural Development & Political Economy II802
    Winter Qtr 2008-09Development Economics Theory802
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09Seminar in Rural Development & Political Economy 1801
    Autumn Qtr 2008-09Principles of Economics801
    Summer Qtr 2007-08ECON Independent Study I704
    Spring Qtr 2007-08Institutions and development in historical perspective703
    Winter Qtr 2007-08Topics in Economic History702
    Winter Qtr 2007-08Institutional Economics702
    Autumn Qtr 2007-08ECON Independent Study I701
    Autumn Qtr 2007-08Principles of Economics701
    Spring Qtr 2006-07Constitutional Political Economy603
    Spring Qtr 2006-07Institutional Economics603
    Winter Qtr 2006-07Institutional Economics602
    Autumn Qtr 2006-07Principles of Economics601
    Winter Qtr 2005-06Humanitarian Crisis and Research Management502
    Winter Qtr 2005-06Institutional Economics502
    Spring Qtr 2004-05Research Trip403
    Spring Qtr 2003-04Law and Economics303