Atif Mian

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Atif Rehman Mian (Urdu: عاطف رحمان میاں‎; born June 28, 1975) is a Pakistani-American economist, the John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Finance[1] at Princeton University and the Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School.[2] His work focuses on the connections between finance and the macro economy.[3]. He is the first person of Pakistani origin to rank among the top 25 young economists of the world.[4]. In 2014, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) identified Atif as one of twenty-five young economists who it expects will shape the world's thinking about the global economy in the future.[4]

Early Life and Education[edit]

In 1996, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed his doctorate in economics at MIT in 2001. After working as a faculty member at the University of Chicago (2001–2009) and University of California, Berkeley (2009–2012), he joined the Princeton faculty in 2012.[3]

House of Debt[edit]

Atif is the author of the critically acclaimed book[5] House of Debt (with Amir Sufi, University of Chicago Press, 2014).[6][7] The book explains how debt helped cause the Great Recession - not failing banks, as the Bush and Obama administrations had wrongfully diagnosed. It was shortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book Of The Year, and won The Gordon J. Laing Prize of the University of Chicago Press.[3]

EAC Controversy[edit]

Atif was initially chosen as a member of an Economic Advisory Council formed by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide assistance on issues of economics and finance.[8]. Since his appointment the government faced criticism from groups opposed to government representation for religious minorities,[9] because of Atif's Ahmadiyya faith.[10] He was removed from the Economic Advisory Council on 7 September 2018[11] and afterwards council members Asim Ijaz Khawaja and Imran Rasul resigned in protest.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Home | Atif Mian". Retrieved 2018-09-03. 
  2. ^ "People | The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance". Retrieved 2018-09-03. 
  3. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae (PDF), Princeton University, retrieved 2017-05-21 
  4. ^ a b IMF Lists 25 Brightest Young Economists 
  5. ^ "House of Debt | Atif Mian". Retrieved 2018-09-03. 
  6. ^ Akst, Daniel (May 28, 2014), "Book Review: 'House of Debt' by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi", The Wall Street Journal 
  7. ^ Summers, Lawrence (June 6, 2014), "Lawrence Summers on 'House of Debt'", Financial Times 
  8. ^ PM Khan forms 18-member Economic Advisory Council, September 1, 2018 
  9. ^ "Atif R. Mian's appointment: Moment of truth for Imran Khan". The News. 5 September 2018. 
  10. ^ "'We will not bow to extremists': Govt hits back after vicious campaign targets Atif Mian". Dawn. 4 September 2018. 
  11. ^ Chaudhry, (7 September 2018). "Under pressure govt backtracks on Atif Mian's appointment; removes economist from advisory council". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 7 September 2018. 
  12. ^ "EAC loses one more Ivy League professor after Atif Mian". The News. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018. 
  13. ^ "Asim Ijaz Khawaja, leading international economist quits Pakistan EAC as protest". Times of Islamabad. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018. 
  14. ^ "Imran Rasul resigns from EAC in solidarity with Atif Mian". The Express Tribune. 8 September 2018. 

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