Ehtisham Ahmad

Visiting Senior Fellow

  • Pao Yu-Kong Professor, Zhejiang University
  • Co-Director, New Climate Economy/Coalition for Urban Transition Program on Financing Sustainable Urban Transitions, and coordinating country studies on China and Mexico during 2018/19.
  • Senior Fellow, Chinese Academy of Fiscal Science/Ministry of Finance Research Institute.

Background

Ehtisham has been Visiting Senior Fellow at the Asia Research Center at the LSE (2010-2017), and Senior Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn (2010-2017). During 1990-2009, he held senior positions at the International Monetary Fund, and was previously on the Core Team of the World Bank’s 1990 World Development Report on Poverty. He has also been Special Advisor to the Finance Minister of Saudi Arabia (1996-98, on leave from the IMF). He co-directed, with Nicholas Stern, a program of research on Theory and Practice of Tax Reforms in developing countries (during the 1980s), and was Director of the Development Economics Research Program, STICERD, LSE (1986-1990) and Deputy Director of the Development Economics Research Center at the University of Warwick (to 1986).

Ehtisham has had considerable experience in designing and implementing reforms on Tax and Social Policy; Sustainable Development; Public Financial Management and Governance in Latin America, Middle East, China, Indonesia, South Asia, and selected African countries. He has authored or co-authored 12 books, and numerous journal articles and reports for international agencies and governments.

Research Interests

  • Political economy of institutional, governance and intergovernmental reforms, with a focus on successful urban transitions
  • The design and financing of tax and social policy, and fiscal reforms for sustainable growth
  • The design and management of public investment for sustainable structural change
Research article  3 April, 2018

Governance models and policy framework—some Chinese perspectives

While the Chinese governance system retains the characteristic of being in the class of ‘administrative progression models’, it has evolved greatly since the Responsibility System was introduced in the late … read more »

Research article  1 January, 2018

Involving the private sector and PPPs in financing public investments: some opportunities and challenges

With Amar Bhattacharya, Annalisa Vinella and Kezhou Xiao. In: Ahmad, Niu and Xiao (2018), Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China, Springer 2018.

Research article  1 January, 2018

Towards monitoring and managing sub-national liabilities in China: lessons from the balance sheet of County K

With Xiaorong Zhang. In: Ahmad, Niu and Xiao (2018), Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China, Springer 2018.

Research article  1 January, 2018

Rebalancing, taxation and governance: fiscal policies for sustainable growth

In: Ahmad, Niu and Xiao (2018), Fiscal Underpinnings for Sustainable Development in China, Springer 2018.

Book  1 January, 2018

Fiscal underpinnings for sustainable development in China

This book collects high-quality papers on issues related to the rebalancing strategy in China, new clean cities as “hubs’’, liability management, and involving the private sector, including through PPPs, with … read more »

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Policy paper  26 April, 2018

China, the world and the next decade: better growth, better climate

This paper argues that China’s agenda of internal reform towards strong, clean and inclusive growth is heavily linked to its actions in its major trading partner countries, especially those associated with the Belt and Road Initiative. read more »

 1 January, 2018

Property taxation: Incentives for meeting the SDGs in developing countries

With Giorgio Brosio and Jelle Gerbrandy), European Commission, Monograph 2018.

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Book  1 January, 2018

Fiscal underpinnings for sustainable development in China

This book collects high-quality papers on issues related to the rebalancing strategy in China, new clean cities as “hubs’’, liability management, and involving the private sector, including through PPPs, with … read more »

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