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Here is a selection of recent publications by scholars who have presented at an AALIMS conference. Collectively the articles and books convey the range of scholarship that AALIMS seeks to promote. The publications given for each author are not meant to be exhaustive. For a complete list of each author’s publications, please check his or her website, accessible from the Faculty Fellows pages.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das. "Students Today, Teachers tomorrow: Identifying Constraints on the Provision of Education." Journal of Public Economics, 100 (2013): 1–14.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das. "What Did You Do All Day? Maternal Education and Child Outcomes." Journal of Human Resources, 47 (2012): 873-912.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das. "The Madrassa Controversy: The Story Does Not Fit The Facts." Pp 162-173 in Under the Drones: Modern Lives in Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands, eds. Shahzad Bashir and Robert Crews. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das and Tristan Zajonc. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Examining the Extent and Implications of Low Persistence in Child Learning." American Economic Journal, 3 (2011): 29-54.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das. "Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Educational Markets." Working Paper, July 2013.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das, Tara Vishwanath and Tristan Zajonc. "Learning and Educational Achievements in Punjab Schools (LEAPS): Insights to inform the education policy debate." Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi and Jishnu Das. "A Dime a Day: The Possibilities and Limits of Private Schooling in Pakistan." Comparative Education Review, 52 (2008): 329-355.

Khwaja, Asim. "Can Good Projects Succeed in Bad Communities?" Journal of Public Economics, 93 (2009): 899-916.

Khwaja, Asim, D. Clingingsmith, Case Western, and M. Kremer. “The Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering.” Quarterly Journal of Economics,  3 (2009): 1133-1170.

Khwaja, Asim, Tahir Andrabi, J. Das, and T. Zajonc. “Religious School Enrollment in Pakistan: A Look at the Data.” Comparative Education Review, 50 (2006): 446-477.

Khwaja, Asim and A. Mian. “Do Lenders Favor Politically Connected Firms? Rent Provision in an Emerging Financial Market.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 4 (2005): 1371-1411.

Khwaja, Asim, P. Bhadaradwaj and A. Mian. “The Big March: Migratory Flows After the Partition of India.” Economic and Political Weekly, 43 (2008): 39-49.


Kuran, Timur and Anantdeep Singh. “Economic Modernization in Late British India: Hindu-Muslim Differences.” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 61 (2013): 503-38.

Kuran, Timur.The Political Consequences of Islam’s Economic Legacy.Philosophy and Social Criticism, 39 (2013): 345-405.

Kuran, Timur. “Religious Obstacles to Democratization in the Middle East: Past and Present.” The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, 5 (2013): 17-39.

Kuran, Timur and Scott Lustig.Judicial Biases in Ottoman Istanbul: Islamic Justice and Its Compatibility with Modern Economic Life.Journal of Law and Economics, 55 (2012): 631-66.

Kuran, Timur. “The Economic Roots of Political Underdevelopment in the Middle East: A Historical Perspective.” Southern Economic Journal, 78 (2012): 1086-95.

Kuran, Timur. “Synergies between Middle Eastern Economic History and the Analytic Social Sciences,” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 44 (2012): 542-45.

Kuran, Timur. The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

Kuran, Timur, ed. Mahkeme Kayıtları Işığında 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul’unda Sosyo-Ekonomik Yaşam / Social and Economic Life in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records, 10 volumes (Istanbul: İş Bank Publications, 2010-12).


Laitin, David, Claire Adida and Marie-Anne Valfort. Muslims in Christian-Heritage Societies: A Social, Economic and Political Challenge, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, in progress.

Laitin, David, Claire Adida and Marie-Anne Valfort. “Muslims in France: Identifying a Discriminatory Equilibrium.” Journal of Population Economics, forthcoming.

Laitin, David. “Geographic Axes and the Persistence of Cultural Diversity.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, forthcoming.

Laitin, David. “Fisheries Management.” Political Analysis 21 (2013): 42-47.

Laitin, David. “Rational Islamophobia in Islam.” European Journal of Sociology, Vol. 51 (2010): 429-447.

Laitin, David, Claire Adida and Marie-Anne Valfort. “Identifying Barriers to Muslim Integration in France.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107 (2010): 22384-90.

Laitin, David. Nations, States and Violence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Laitin, David, and James Fearon. “Sons-of-the-soil, Migrants, and Civil War.” World Development, 39 (2011): 199-211.


Lawrence, Adria. “Repression and Activism among the Arab Spring’s First Movers: Morocco’s (Almost) Revolutionaries.” Working paper, August 2013.

Lawrence, Adria. Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Lawrence, Adria. “Rethinking Moroccan Nationalism, 1930-1944.Journal of North African Studies, 17 (2012): 475-490.

Lawrence, Adria. “Triggering Nationalist Violence: Competition and Conflict in Uprisings against Colonial Rule.” International Security, 35 (2010): 88-122.


London, Jennifer. “Discourse, Politics and the History of Political Thought.” Annual Review of Political Science, forthcoming.

London, Jennifer. “ ‘Lessons in Political Anatomy and Interdisciplinary Translation’: A review of Joas Wagemakers’ A Quietist Jihadi.” Politics and Religion, 6 (2013): 862-866.

London, Jennifer. The Circle of Justice.” History of Political Thought, 32 (2011): 425-447.

London, Jennifer. “Ibn Khaldūn.” Sage’s Encyclopedia of Political Theory (2010): 876-878.


Majid, Muhammad Farhan. "Does fasting during pregnancy affect children's labor market outcomes? Evidence from Indonesia" Draft for AALIMS conference (2012)


Masoud, Tarek. "Losing Egypt." The Arab Revolutions and American Policy, eds. Nicholas Burns and Jonathon Price, Aspen Institute, 2013.

Masoud, Tarek. "Arabs Want Redistribution, So Why Don’t They Vote Left? Theory and Evidence from Egypt." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper, April 2013.

Masoud, Tarek. "The Logic of Islamist Electoral Mobilization: Theory and Evidence from Egypt." Working Paper, April 2010. 

Masoud, Tarek and Ellen Lust. "Cash or Kinship: Voting and Social Order in the Developing World." Working Paper, February 2012.

Masoud, Tarek. “Liberty, Democracy, and Discord in Egypt.” Washington Quarterly, 34 (2011): 117-29.

Masoud, Tarek. “The Road to (and from) Liberation Square.” Journal of Democracy, 22 (2011): 20-34.

Masoud, Tarek. “Islamist Parties: Are They Democrats? Does It Matter?” Journal of Democracy, 19 (2008): 19-24.


Meyersson, Erik. “Islamic Rule and the Emancipation of the Poor and Pious.Econometrica, 82 (2014): 229–269.


Meyersson, Erik and Selim Gulesci. “‘For the Love of the Republic’ – Education, Secularism, and Empowerment.” Working Paper, January 2014.

Meyersson, Erik. "Political Man on Horseback – Military Coups and Development." Working Paper, January 2014.

Meyersson, Erik. “Religion, Politics, and Development – Essays in Development Economics and Political Economics.“ IIES Monograph Series no. 68, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University

Meyersson, Erik. “Whither Legal Turkey”, FREE Policy Brief Series, October 2011.


Michalopoulos, Stelios and Elias Papaioannou. "National Institutions and Subnational Development in Africa." Quarterly Journal of Economics, 219 (2014): 151-213.

Michalopoulos, Stelios and Elias Papaioannou. "Pre-colonial Ethnic Institutions and Contemporary African Development." Econometrica, 81 (2013): 113–152.

Michalopoulos, Stelios, Alireza Naghavi, and Giovanni Prarolo. “Trade and Geography in the Economic Origins of Islam: Theory and Evidence.” Brown University working paper, 2011.


Nielsen, Richard and Beth Simmons. "Rewards for Ratification: Payoffs for Participating in the International Human Rights Regime?" International Studies Quarterly, forthcoming.

Nielsen, Richard. "Rewarding Human Rights? Selective Aid Sanctions against Repressive States." International Studies Quarterly, 57 (2013): 791-803.




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