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Iqbal Dhaliwal
J-PAL
iqbald@mit.edu
Iqbal Dhaliwal is the Deputy Director of J-PAL and the global head of Policy. He works with policymakers in governments, international development organisations, foundations and NGOs to disseminate the policy implications of J-PAL's research. He works with these organisations to help identify new field evaluations and implement the scale-up of successful programmes in developing countries. He also works with J-PAL researchers to create cost-effectiveness analyses that compare the policy outcomes and costs of various development programmes. He is a member of J-PAL's Board of Directors, and the Board's Executive Committee that sets J-PAL's overall strategy and provides guidance and oversight to staff worldwide.
Before coming to J-PAL, Iqbal was a Director in the Economic Analysis practice of a consulting firm in Boston. In that role, he managed numerous engagements involving antitrust issues, regulation, and strategy. Prior to that, Iqbal was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S.) where he worked on many public policy issues during stints as a Deputy Secretary in a state government, Director of a state-wide welfare department, and Managing Director (CEO) of a publicly owned company. As Sub Collector of one of the largest divisions (county governments), he led a large bureaucracy that managed the implementation of many development programmes in the field.
Iqbal received the Director's Gold Medal for standing 1st in the All India Civil Services Selection test and in the training for I.A.S. officers at India's National Academy of Administration. He also received the Dean's Fellowship at Princeton University and the Soundarya Swamy Gold Medal for standing 1st in the college in his undergraduate programme. Iqbal has a B.A. (Honors) in Economics from University of Delhi, an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA, Development Studies) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


Articles By Iqbal Dhaliwal
The devil is in the details: Successes and limitations of bureaucratic reform
Posted On: 09 Dec 2016

Topics:   Health

To address absenteeism among staff at public healthcare facilities, the government of Karnataka introduced an innovative biometric device to monitor and enforce attendance rules. This column presents findings of a large randomised evaluation of the programme. While some health gains were achieved, imperfect enforcement illustrates the limits of monitoring solutions if there are constraints on full implementation in practice.
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An economic roadmap for India
Posted On: 30 May 2014

Tags:   GDP

With a new government at the Centre, there is an expectation of a revival of growth of the Indian economy. This article contends that India can return to the path of sustainable growth by investing in capital, promoting growth of industry, improving environment for doing business, prioritising fiscal discipline, and improving education and healthcare.
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