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Imran Rasul

Imran Rasul

Research Director


PhD in Economics, London School of Economics, 2003
MPhil in Economics, Oxford University, 1997
BSc in Economics, London School of Economics, 1995

Imran Rasul is Professor of Economics at University College London, co-director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and research co-director of the Entrepreneurship Research Group of the International Growth Centre. His research interests include labor, development and public economics and his work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica and the Review of Economic Studies. He is currently managing editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association, and he been a co-editor and director of the Review of Economic Studies (2009-17). He was awarded the 2007 IZA Young Economist Prize, the 2008 CESIfo Distinguished Affiliate Award, an ERC-starter grant in 2012, and a British Academy Mid-career Fellowship in 2018.

Academic outputs

Cemmap Working Paper CWP61/20
We evaluate an intervention targeting early life nutrition and well-being for households in extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria. The intervention leads to large and sustained improvements in children’s anthropometric and health outcomes, including an 8% reduction in stunting four years ...
Cemmap Working Paper CWP55/19
We present results on the identification of social networks from observational panel data that contains no information on social ties between agents.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
The past nine months have seen huge swings in households’ spending, both in total and across various goods and services. In this briefing note, we analyse the geographical patterns of these changes.
Briefing note
The measures taken to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, resulting from both policy and consumers’ changes in behaviour, have had major impacts on consumer spending patterns. In this briefing note, we explore how consumer spending has evolved, both during lockdown and in the recovery phase since.


This presentation was delivered at "Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption" on 8 and 9 July 2015.
Presentation given at the Centre for the Study of African Economics Annual Conference 2013