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). From August 2019, he began serving as the Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

As a comparative education economist, Professor Shafiq 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 effect of education on civic, moral, and political outcomes)
  • Education reform (educational vouchers; early childhood education; higher education)
  • Human capital decisions (labor market benefits; gender gaps; child labor)

His articles have appeared in economics, education, and international development journals such as American Journal of Education, Economics of Education Review, Education Economics, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development, International Journal of Educational Development, Research in Higher Education, and World Development. Professor Shafiq and his co-authors received the 2014 Outstanding Journal of Education Finance Award. He has been a Consulting Editor for the journal Research in Higher Education since 2011. He also serves a Co-Editor of the official book series of the 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).

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 is married to Nazia Farzin Shafiq, with whom he has three daughters, Airah, Manal, and Nazeeba.

Professor Shafiq welcomes inquiries from prospective students and visitors.

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

Sun, L., Shafiq, M.N., McClure, M. and Guo, S. (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.
Shafiq, M. N., Toutkoushian, R. K., & Valerio, A. (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
Shafiq, M. N. & J. P. Myers (2014). "Educational vouchers and social cohesion: A statistical analysis of student civic attitudes in Sweden, 1999-2009," American Journal of Education 121(1), pp. 111-136.
Shafiq, M. N., J. Mason, T. Seybolt & K. DeLuca (2014). "Are student protests in Arab states caused by economic and political grievances? Empirical evidence from the 2006-07 Arab Barometer," Peabody Journal of Education, 89(1), pp. 141-158.
M. Najeeb Shafiq


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