Abid Aman Burki is a Professor Emeritus in the CNM Department of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He joined LUMS as a regular faculty member in August 2002 and held various academic positions most recently as a Professor of Economics (2005–2021). He has also held various administrative positions at LUMS, including the Founding Graduate Program Director, Economics (2002–2020), and the Director of the Centre for Management and Economic Research (2003–2010). Prior to joining LUMS, he was a professor (1999–2002) and Head of Economics Department (2000–2002) at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), where he has held other academic positions since 1985. Dr. Burki also taught at Kansas State University and BZ University.
His teaching interests include applied micro econometrics, the economics of poverty and income distribution, agriculture and food policy, development economics, and microeconomic theory. His teaching philosophy is to impart laboratory learning to students in applied research and policymaking by relying on a combination of homework, heavy dependence on IT labs, tutorials, and individual research projects. His courses provide hands-on training on the management and use of large datasets (household surveys, labor force surveys, MICS) and computational skills.
His current research areas include technical efficiency and productivity, willingness to pay and contingent valuation, the health sector, agriculture sector, industrial sector, and inequality and poverty. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, chapters, and professional reports. His academic research has been published in the World Development, Energy Economics, Applied Economics, Land Use Policy, Journal of Economics and Business, Economics Bulletin, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Pakistan Development Review, and other journals.
He has received several research grants and has been a consultant to the Government of Pakistan, the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, IFPRI, BISP, Water Aid in Pakistan, JICA, Nestle Pakistan, Tetra Pak Pakistan, Indus Motor Company, GIZ, Oxfam, and IGC, among others.
He is co-author of numerous reports, including Determining the Health Costs of Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (2023), WaterAid in Pakistan; From Swimming in Sand to High and Sustainable Growth (2022), World Bank Group; Relative Importance of Risk Factors of Stunting, Underweight and Wasting in Under Five Children in Punjab (2022), UNICEF & Punjab Bureau of Statistics; Unlocking Potential to Close the Yield Gap of Dairy Farms in Punjab, Pakistan (2020), Tetra Pak Pakistan; 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 Pakistan; 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 (PMN); 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 has supervised four PhDs, 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 has been the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of AGAHE Pakistan. He holds a PhD in Economics from Kansas State University and is the recipient of the 2001 President of Pakistan’s academic distinction award Izaz-i-Fazeelat.
Burki, A. (2021). Using measures of efficiency for regionally targeted smallholder policy intervention: The case of Pakistan's horticulture sector. Land Use Policy, 101, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3488010.
Ahmad, S. & Burki, A. (2016). Banking Deregulation and Allocative Efficiency in Pakistan. Applied Economics, 48 (13), 1182-1196.
Burki, A., Khan, M. & Malik, S. (2015). From Chronic Disease to Food Poverty: Evidence from Pakistan. Pakistan Development Review, 54 (1), 17-33.
Burki, A. (In Press 2015). Group-Based BDS Matching Grants and Farm-level Outcomes in Pakistan. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 7 (1), 43-63.
Jung, H., Burki, A. & Khan, M. (2012). Supply of Dairy Products in Developing Countries. Economics Bulletin, 32 (4), 3213-3223.
Burki, A. & Ahmad, S. (2011). The Impact of Bank Governance on Bank Performance in Pakistan. Lahore Journal of Economics, 16, 271-300.
Burki, A. & Khan, M. (2011). Formal Participation in a Milk Supply Chain and Technical Inefficiency of Smallholder Dairy Farms in Pakistan. Pakistan Development Review, 50 (1), 63-81.
Burki, A. & Ahmad, S. (2010). Bank Governance Changes in Developing Countries: Is There a Performance Effect?. Journal of Economics and Business, 62 (2), 129-146.
Burki, A. & Niazi, G. (2010). Impact of Financial Reforms on Efficiency of State-owned, Private and Foreign Banks in Pakistan. Applied Economics, 42 (24), 3147-3160.
Burki, A., Khan, M. & Bari, F. (2004). The State of Pakistan's Dairy Sector: An Assessment. Pakistan. Pakistan Development Review, 43 (2), 149-174.
Burki, A. & Khan, M. (2004). Effects of Allocative Inefficiency on Resource Allocation and Energy Substitution in Pakistan's Manufacturing. Energy Economics, 26 (3), 371-388.
Burki, A. & Aslam, S. (2000). The Role of Digital Technology and Regulations in the Diffusion of Mobile Phones in Asia. Pakistan Development Review, 39 (4), 741-748.
Khan, M. & Burki, A. (2000). Estimating Allocative Efficiency and Elasticities of Substitution in the Large-scale Manufacturing Sector of Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics, 16 (1&2), 49-63.
Khan, M. & Burki, A. (1999). Technical Change and Substitution Possibilities in Pakistn's Large-scale Manufacturing: Some New Evidence. Pakistan Economic and Social Review, 37 (2), 123-138.
Ali, C., Ahmad, E., Burki, A. & Khan & Khan, M. (1999). Industrial Sector Input Demand Responsiveness and Policy Interventions.. Pakistan Development Review, 38 (4), 1083-1099.
Burki, A. (1999). Efficiency Wages in Pakistan's Small Scale Manufacturing. Lahore Journal of Economics, 4 (1), 1-22.
Burki, A. & Fasih, T. (1998). Household's Non-leisure Time Allocation for Children and Determinants of Child Labour in Pakistan.. Pakistan Development Review, 34 (4), 899-914.
Burki, A. & Shah, H. (1998). Stochastic Frontier and Technical Efficiency of Farms in Irrigated Areas of Pakistan's Punjab.. Pakistan Development Review, 37 (3), 275-291.
Burki, A. & Terrell, D. (1998). Measuring Production Efficiency of Small Firms in Pakistan. World Development, 26 (1), 155-169.
Burki, A., Khan, M. & Bratsberg, B. (1997). Parametric Tests of Allocative Efficiency in the Manufacturing Sectors of India and Pakistan. Applied Economics, 29 (1), 11-22.
Burki, A. (1997). Estimating Consumer Preferences for Food Using Time Series Data of Pakistan. Pakistan Development Review, 36 (2), 131-153.
Burki, A. & Afaqi, U. (1996). Pakistan's Informal Sector: Review of Evidence and Policy Issues. Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics, 12 (1), 1-30.
Burki, A. (1995). Review of Efficiency Wage Models of Labor Market: Theory and Evidence. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 2 (2), 73-90.
Burki, A. & Iqbal, N. (1994). Review of Agricultural Pricing Policies in Pakistan: The Choice for a Just Price. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 1 (2), 91-105.
Burki, A. & Iqbal, Q. (1991). Earnings Functions in Pakistan's Urban Informal Sector: A Case Study.. Pakistan Development Review, 30 (4), 695-703.
Burki, A. (1989). Economic Regulation and the Consequences of Regulatory Reforms in Motor Carrier Industry in the U.S. Pakistan Journal of American Studies, 7 (1), 48-62.
Burki, A. (1986). Utilitarianism of J.S. Mill: A Criticism. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 12, 109-118.