Economic analyst, academic writer and editor
Broadly, I do research that aims to combine economic mechanisms with an emphasis on rigorous econometric scrutiny. My aim is to uncover causal relationships from mere correlations, to see the underlying economic relationships that govern all of us and to understand why the world behaves the way it does.
I also consult on global macroeconomic trends, degree of financial access and depth, the general macroeconomy outlook of the Netherlands, Pakistan, India, China and on costs associated with cumbersome tax codes, conflict and rent seeking. My recent clients include Cognolink, Oxfam, First State Investment, and Broad Peak Finance.
Recently, I was working at the Knowledge unit of Central Planning Bureau, Government of Netherlands, where I was working on several academic and policy papers. One of them aims to gauge the global returns to public R&D spending (in Cobb-Douglas, ad hoc and trans-log production function settings). My other projects include articles aimed at exploring the mechanisms driving the aging-productivity and foreign aid-growth relationship.
Previously, I have worked as a researcher at the Central Bank of Pakistan. My work there involved analysing the external costs of terrorism for Pakistan. I have played as a professional table tennis player for Pakistan Railways. I worked at the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs, where I evaluated the long run relationship between availability of external finance and innovation, with particular focus on assessing the impact of the recent financial crisis on innovation.
Additionally, I occasionally write for national newspapers (Dawn, The News, Tribune, Friday Times) with the primary aim to explain economics and the scientific method in general.
Shocks to the Macroeconomy
Economics of Terrorism
Global Macroeconomic Outlook
Proficient knowledge of Stata, Latex, MS Office, Eviews, R.