M. Najeeb Shafiq
Faculty - Executive Director of CIES

M. Najeeb Shafiq is 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 a comparative education economist, he adopts an interdisciplinary approach and advanced quantitative methods to explore the following topics:

  • Education and social mobility in low- and middle-income countries
  • The social and non-monetary benefits of education (the effects of education on civic, moral, and political outcomes)
  • Education reform (educational vouchers and privatization; early childhood education; higher education)
  • Human capital (labor market decisions and outcomes; educational gender gaps; child labor)

His more than 30 articles have appeared in economics, education, and international development outlets such as American Journal of Education, Encyclopedia of Educational Economics and Finance, Economics of Education Review, Education Economics, Education Policy Analysis Archives, IZA World of Labor, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development, International Journal of Educational Development, PROSPECTS, Research in Higher Education, and World Development. Professor Shafiq and his co-authors received the 2014 Outstanding Journal of Education Finance Award.

Professor Shafiq serves as Co-Editor of the official book series of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES): Education in Global Perspective (CIES-SUNY Press). In addition, he is on the Advisory Board of the flagship journal of the CIES: Comparative Education Review (University of Chicago Press). He has been a Consulting Editor for the journal Research in Higher Education since 2011. He serves as the Executive Director of the CIES (Fall 2019 - present). His other administrative positions include serving as Department Chairperson (2017-19) and Acting Chairperson (2016).

Professor Shafiq teachers graduate courses in the economics of education, quantiative methods, and comparative education. He welcomes inquiries from prospective students and visitors.

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh in 2010, Professor Shafiq held appointments at the World Bank, Washington and Lee University, and Indiana University at Bloomington. He is married to Nazia Farzin Shafiq, with whom he has three daughters, Airah, Manal, and Nazeeba.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

Comparative and International Education Society, The Office of the Executive Director, 2019-21
The World Bank, "Who benefits most from higher education in low- and middle-income economies?" (Shafiq, co-PI with Alexandria Valerio).
The World Bank, "The cognitive and socio-emotional benefits of early childhood education: Short- and long-term evidence from low- and middle-income economies." (Shafiq, co-PI with Amanda Devercelli and Alexandria Valerio).
The World Bank, "Does education influence social mobility? The role of education quality and quantity." (Shafiq, co-PI, with Alexandria Valerio)

Recent Publications

Shafiq, M. N. & A. Valerio (in press). The roles of childhood circumstances and schooling on adult reading skills in low- and middle-income countries. PROSPECTS: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education.
Sun, L., M.N. Shafiq, M. McClure, & S. Guo (in press). Are there educational and psychological benefits from private supplementary tutoring in Mainland China? Evidence from the China Education Panel Survey, 2013 - 2015. International Journal of Educational Development, forthcoming.
Fasih, T., H. Patrinos & M. N. Shafiq (2020). University educated workers and their ability to deal with COVID-19 and future shocks. IZA World of Labor, July.
Shafiq, M. N., R. K. Toutkoushian, & A. Valerio (2019). Who benefits from higher education in low- and middle-income countries? Journal of Development Studies 55(11), pp. 2403-2423.
Shafiq, M. N., Devercelli, A. E., & Valerio, A. (2018). Are there long-term benefits from early childhood education in low- and middle-income countries? Educational Policy Analysis Archives 26(122). http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.3239
M. Najeeb Shafiq


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