M. Najeeb Shafiq

Associate Professor of Education, Economics & International Affairs


M. Najeeb Shafiq is Associate Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs. He holds appointments in the School of Education (primary appointment), Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (joint appointment), and Department of Economics (secondary appointment). As an education economist, Professor Shafiq adopts an interdisciplinary approach and advanced quantitative methods to explore the following topics:

  • Education and social mobility in developing countries
  • The social and non-pecuniary benefits of education (education effects on civic, moral, and political outcomes)
  • Education reform (educational privatization; teacher performance pay)
  • Human capital decisions (labor market benefits; gender gaps; child labor)

His articles have appeared in economics, education, and development studies journals such as American Journal of Education,Economics of Education ReviewEducation EconomicsJournal of Asian EconomicsJournal of Conflict ResolutionJournal of Development StudiesJournal of International DevelopmentInternational Journal of Educational DevelopmentResearch in Higher Education, and World Development. Professor Shafiq and his co-authors received the 2014 Outstanding Journal of Education FinanceAward. He has been a Consulting Editor for the journal Research in Higher Education since 2011.

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh in 2010, Professor Shafiq held appointments at the World Bank, Washington and Lee University, and Indiana University at Bloomington. In Spring 2014, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He received his Ph.D in Economics and Education from Columbia University in 2005. He is married to Nazia Farzin Shafiq, with whom he has two daughters, Airah and Manal. For more information and free access to his research papers, please visit: www.pitt.edu/~mnshafiq


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