Tarek Ghani

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Tarek Ghani

Tarek Ghani

Tarek Ghani is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Washington University's Olin Business School, Nonresident Fellow of the Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development Program, and former Chief Economist of the International Crisis Group. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford University.


  • 2019 Reid Teaching Award - PMBA, Olin Business School, 2019
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 2004
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship, 2003

Research Interests

Tarek’s research on business & government, international development, and international security has appeared in the American Economic Review, AEJ: Microeconomics, Review of Economics & Statistics, and Foreign Affairs.

Selected Publications

  • "Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan", American Economic Review, Issue 10, 2868-2901, with J. Blumenstock, M. Callen, 2018
  • "Relationships on the Rocks: Contract Evolution in a Market for Ice", American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Issue 1, 330-365, with T. Reed, 2022
  • "Violence and Financial Decisions: Evidence from Mobile Money in Afghanistan", Review of Economics and Statistics, with J. Blumenstock, M. Callen, R. Gonzalez
  • "The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail (Foreign Affairs)", 2021
  • "Climate Change Doesn't Have to Stoke Conflict (Foreign Affairs)", with R. Malley, 2020