, Political Economy & Governance
MPA, Princeton University
Iqbal Dhaliwal is the Deputy Director of J-PAL and the global head of Policy. He works with policy makers in governments, international development organizations, foundations and NGOs to disseminate the policy implications of J-PAL's research. He works with these organizations to help identify new field evaluations and implement the scale-up of successful programs 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 programs. 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 programs 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 program. 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.
Comparative Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Inform Policy in Developing Countries
From Research to Policy: Using Evidence to Inform Development Policy