Abid Aman Burki is an economist, policy analyst and a Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He has also been the Graduate Program Director, Economics at LUMS from 2002 to 2020. He is a faculty member of LUMS Economics Department since 2002. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Burki was Director of the Centre for Management and Economic Research (CMER) at LUMS. Prior to joining LUMS, he has been a Professor (1999-2002) and Head of Economics Department (2000 – 2002) at the Quaid-i-Azam University where he has held other academic positions since 1985. He has also taught at the Kansas State University and the BZ University.
His teaching interests lie in the areas of applied micro econometrics, economics of poverty & income distribution, agriculture & food policy and development economics. His teaching philosophy is to impart laboratory learning to students in applied research and policy making by relying on a combination of home-works, heavy dependence on IT labs, tutorials and individual research projects. His courses provide hands-on training on management and use of large data sets (household surveys, labor force survey, MICS) and computational skills.
His main current research areas are in technical efficiency and productivity, dairy sector, health sector, agriculture sector, industrial sector, inequality and poverty. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters and professional reports. His academic research has appeared in World Development, Energy Economics, Applied Economics, Journal of Economics & Business, Land Use Policy, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Economics Bulletin, Pakistan Development Review and other journals. He has supervised four PhDs, and 90 MPhil and Master’s theses. He serves on several high-level committees and taskforces of the government, and is also a referee for numerous academic journals. Since 2019, he is also Chairperson of the Board of Directors of AGAHE Pakistan.
He has received several research grants and has been a consultant to Government of Pakistan, UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, JICA, IFPRI, Nestle Pakistan, Tetra Pak Pakistan, Indus Motor Company, GIZ, Oxfam, IGC, among others. He is co-author of numerous reports including Exploring the Extent of Selected Dimensions of Inequality in Pakistan (2020), Oxfam; Economic Impact of Pakistan’s Dairy Sector: Lessons for Building Sustainable Value (2019), Tetra Pak & LUMS; Access to Quality Health Services at Public Facilities and Healthcare Financing in Pakistan (2019), Oxfam; Impact Assessment of Microfinance in Pakistan (2018), Pakistan Microfinance Network; Identification of Contributing Factors for Alarmingly High Wasting Rates in Certain Districts of Punjab (2018), UNICEF; Out-of-School Children in the Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh Provinces of Pakistan (2013), UNICEF; Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Pakistan (2013), UNICEF; Industrial Policy, its Spatial Aspects and Cluster Development in Pakistan (2012), Ministry of Industries & Production, Islamabad.
He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Kansas State University and is the recipient of the 2001 President of Pakistan’s academic distinction award Izaz-i-Fazeelat.