Dr. Tahir Andrabi is a Professor of Economics at Pomona College where he teaches courses in economic development, game theory, international economics and empirical microeconomics. He is the co-founder and Director, Social Policy and Public Goods Program of Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (Lahore). He has also been a visiting scholar at MIT, a research associate at LSE and a consultant for the World Bank. From 1999-2000, he served as a member of the tax and macroeconomic committees of the economic advisory board of the government of Pakistan.
Dr. Andrabi is the principal investigator on the four year longitudinal study on quality of primary education in rural Punjab funded by the World Bank and the National Science Foundation. He is also the principal investigator, in a National Academy of Sciences/Higher Education Commission Pakistan grant, on evaluating recovery from the October 2005 earthquake in northern Pakistan. He co-founded the website, risepak.com, to help coordinate relief in the aftermath of the October 2005 earthquake which was awarded the Stockholm Challenge Award (2006) for the best ICT project in the public administration category.
He has published extensively in major economics and education journals. In 2007, his work on religious education in Pakistan received the George Bereday Award for the best paper published in Comparative Education Review in 2006 from the Comparative and International Education Society. His research has been covered by The Financial Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The Economist, Foreign Policy and news media around the world.
Dr. Andrabi holds a Doctorate in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.