I am an Economist in the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

I hold a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, as a Fulbright Scholar.

My research focuses on individuals’ taxpaying and electoral responses to changing tax policy and their implications for the design of optimal tax policy in advanced economies; and the distributional and revenue effects of evolving fiscal regimes in developing countries.


Prior to joining the IMF, I provided technical guidance on the design of tax systems to the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. I have previously conducted research at the World Bank, the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), the Brookings Institution, and the Pakistan Policy Group. 

Fields: Public Finance, Political Economy

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Email: aabbas@imf.org, aa2378@cornell.edu | Phone: +1(646)545-9226 

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