Ali Cheema

Ali Cheema

Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS

Dr Ali Cheema is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS).

He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Mahbub Ul Haq Research Centre at LUMS, and is a co-founder of the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). In addition, he is a co-lead academic of the International Growth Center’s Pakistan programme, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies, and a former Chair of the Economics Department at LUMS from 2004-2010. Dr. Cheema has extensive experience in research and policy work in the field of economics. He co-convened the Initiative of Policy Dialogue (IPD), Columbia University, Taskforce on Decentralization and was one of the founding members of the Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (RISEPAK). He has recently 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.

Dr. Cheema holds a BA (Honors) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, and a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Government College, Lahore. He received his MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development, and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Cambridge.



Pathways to Accountability Bargains (part of the A4EA research programme)

This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the following question: how can stable and inclusive political settlements (among elites) and a just social contract (between elites and different social groups) emerge that are...



Increasing women voters’ turnout in Pakistan

Evidence from Pakistan demonstrates that, in contexts where men act as gatekeepers, efforts to improve political outcomes for women need to engage men. Women vote at much lower rates than men in many developing countries. In Pakistan, this gap is particularly stark: women’s turnout...

Ali Cheema
Ali Cheema & 3 others

7 February 2024


Why did Covid-19 increase women’s care and housework in Pakistan?

Covid-19 lockdown measures resulted in an increase in care and housework in homes around the world. But with the greater presence of men at home as a result of lockdown and job losses, why are women disproportionately bearing the burden of unpaid care work and household chores? This latest...

Ali Cheema
Ali Cheema & 2 others

5 August 2021


Covid-19 gendered exposure and perceptions in Pakistan

The lived experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic are starkly divided along gender lines, and the pandemic has already exacerbated gender inequalities within the home and in the labour market across countries. To understand the gendered impacts and experiences of the pandemic in urban Pakistan and...

Ali Cheema
Ali Cheema & 2 others

5 February 2021


Ali Cheema’s recent work

Past Event

Pakistan Hub webinar series

Polarized Democracies: Causes and Consequences

The Pakistan Hub, a partnership with the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, is co-hosting the Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture series.  Watch the recording Watch the events live on the LUMS Facebook page. Registration is not...

8 April 2021