Dr. Rafi Amir Ud Din
Associate Professor, Economics
Area of Interest: Child mortality; domestic violence; alternative conceptualizations of wellbeing and ill-being; human capital and economic growth; Islamic economics & finance
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007   (202)
HEC approved PhD Supervisor

Dr. Rafi Amir-ud-Din is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, COMSATS University, Islamabad (Lahore Campus). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from International Islamic University, Islamabad. His research interests focus on poverty (alternative conceptualizations of well-being and ill-being), education (environmental variability and schooling outcomes), public health (malnutrition and mortality), the economic dimension of gender-based violence (domestic violence), and energy efficiency. He has published in top-ranking journals such as Energy, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and BMJ Open. He also routinely peer-reviews for several journals, including The Lancet Regional Health. He has won several prestigious research grants, including HEC’s Research Grant Program (TRGP), National Research Program for Universities (NRPU), Grand Challenge Fund, and a research grant from SANDEE (the last two as Co-PI). He is a member of the Advisory Board of IPUMS DHS. He is also a member of the American Economic Association. He regularly contributes his columns to “The News” and conducts hands-on data analysis workshops routinely.

Funded Projects:

Current Projects:
1. Carrot, Stick or Nudges: Testing the effectiveness of Plastic Bag Compliance Behavior in Islamabad, Pakistan (2022 - 2025) PIs: Dr. Muhammad Khan,Dr. Rafi Amir Ud Din,Dr. Rao Muhammad Atif, Other Team: Dr. Sajid Amin (SDPI); Michael Price (University of Alabama); WWF; EPA;, Budget: 44,000,000, Funded By: Higher Education Commission .
2. Climate Variability and Child Schooling in Rural Pakistan (2021 - 2022) PIs: Dr. Rafi Amir Ud Din, Budget: 3,096,000, Funded By: SANDEE .
Completed Projects:
1. Leaving studies because of lack of interest: An analysis of the risk factors of the school dropouts aged 10-24 years in Pakistan (2018 - 2020) PIs: Dr. Rafi Amir Ud Din,Dr. Hafiz Zahid Mahmood , Budget: 532197, Funded By: Higher Education Commission .
2. Role of breastfeeding and birth spacing in reducing child mortality in Pakistan: recent evidence using DHS data (2018 - 2020) PIs: Dr. Rafi Amir Ud Din,Dr. Hafiz Zahid Mahmood , Budget: 1,894,920, Funded By: Higher Education Commission .
3. Educational Apartheid in Pakistan: Economic and Social Consequences (2015 - 2018) PIs: Dr. Rafi Amir Ud Din,Dr. Hafiz Zahid Mahmood , Budget: 149,500, Funded By: Higher Education Commission .


Book Chapters:
1. Rafi Amir-ud-Din & Faisal Abbas (2020), "Development and Women: an analysis of spousal violence against women in Pakistan", Contemporary Pakistan: Perspectives from Emerging Pakistani Scholars, published by: Routledge    (External URL)
2. Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2019), "Maqasid-ash-Shariah: Are we measuring the immeasurable?", Towards a Maqasid Al-Sharia Index of Socio-economic Development, edited by: Salman Syed Ali, published by: Palgrave Macmillan, pp: 21-53, Standard: 978-3-030-12792-3    (External URL)
Journal Papers:
1. Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Hafiz Zahid Mahmood, Faisal Abbas, Ramesh Kumar, Sathirakorn Pongpanich (2022), "Association of breast feeding and birth interval with child mortality in Pakistan: a cross-sectional study using nationally representative Demographic and Health Survey data", BMJ Open, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053196, Impact Factor: 2.692    (External URL)
2. Muhammad Imran Javed, Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Rana Ejaz Ali Khan (2021), "Does foreign aid with political strings dampen growth in developing economies? The case of Pakistan", Pakistan Journal of Economic Studies, pp: 1-28, Vol: 4, Issue: 1, ISSN: 2708-1478    (External URL)
3. Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Sameen Zafar, Muhammad Muzammil, Rabia Shabbir, Summaira Malik & Muhammad Usman (2021), "Exploring the Relationship Between Maternal Occupation and Under-Five Mortality: Empirical Evidence from 26 Developing Countries", The European Journal of Development Research, ISSN: 1743-9728, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-021-00458-1, Impact Factor: 2.297    (External URL)
4. Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Lubna Naz, Aneela Rubi, Muhammad Usman & Umesh Ghimire (2021), "Impact of high-risk fertility behaviours on underfive mortality in Asia and Africa: evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys", BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Vol: 21, Issue: 1, ISSN: 1471-2393, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-021-03780-y, Impact Factor: 3.007    (External URL)
5. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Shameem Fatima, and Shazia Aziz (2021), "Is attitudinal acceptance of violence a risk factor? An analysis of domestic violence against women in Pakistan", Journal of Interpersonal Violence, pp: NP4514-NP4541, Vol: 36, Issue: 7-8, ISSN: 0886-2605, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518787809, Impact Factor: 6.144    (External URL)
6. Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Hafiz Zahid Mahmood, Faisal Abbas, Verda Salman, Sameen Zafar (2021), "Leaving studies because of lack of interest: an analysis of the risk factors of school dropouts in Pakistan", Quality & Quantity, ISSN: 0033-5177, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-021-01266-9    (External URL)
7. Muhammad Muzammil, Sameen Zafar, Shazia Aziz, Muhammad Usman, Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2021), "Maternal Correlates of Poliomyelitis Vaccination Uptake: Evidence from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria", American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, pp: 1301–1308, Vol: 105, Issue: 5, ISSN: 1476-1645, DOI: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.21-0327, Impact Factor: 2.345    (External URL)
8. Masood Ur Rehman, Sameen Zafar, Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2021), "Size, Correlates and Consumption Patterns of the Middle Class: Evidence from Pakistan", Journal of Asian and African Studies, ISSN: 0021-9096, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096211020489, Impact Factor: 1.021    (External URL)
9. Abbas, G., Ali, A., Khan, M., Mahmood, H. Z., Wahab, S. A., & Amir-ud-Din, R. (2021), "The Transition from Arid Farming Systems to Agroforestry Systems in Pakistan: A Comparison of Monetary Returns", Small-Scale Forestry, pp: 325–350, Vol: 20, Issue: 3, ISSN: 1873-7617, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-020-09470-5, Impact Factor: 1.778    (External URL)
10. Sameen Zafar, Saima Zia, Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2021), "Troubling Trade-offs Between Women’s Work and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence From 19 Developing Countries", Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN: 0886-2605, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211021961, Impact Factor: 6.144    (External URL)
11. Muhammad Khan, Kashif Muhmood, Shumaila Noureen, Hafiz Zahid Mahmood & Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2020), "Epidemiology of respiratory diseases and associated factors among female textile workers in Pakistan", International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN: 1080-3548, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2020.1751973, Impact Factor: 2.141    (External URL)
12. Rafi Amir-ud-Din; Fatima Sajjad; Shazia Aziz (2020), "Revisiting arms race between India and Pakistan: A case of asymmetric causal relationship of military expenditures", Defense and Peace Economics, pp: 721-741, Vol: 31, Issue: 6, ISSN: 1476-8267, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10242694.2019.1624334, Impact Factor: 2.361    (External URL)
13. Rafi Amir-ud-Din; Faisal Abbas (2020), "Women's choice of delivery site and the surge in private facility-based deliveries in Pakistan: A 28-year trend analysis", Sexual & reproductive healthcare, Vol: 23, ISSN: 1877-5756, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2019.100484, Impact Factor: 2.024  Abstract  (External URL)
14. Faisal Abbas; Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2019), "Correlates of C-section in Punjab: a disaggregated analysis at the level of rural-urban residential status and place of delivery", Women & Health, pp: 997-1014, Vol: 59, Issue: 9, ISSN: 0363-0242, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2019.1587663, Impact Factor: 1.739  Abstract  (External URL)
15. Muhammad Usman, Waheed Akhtar, Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Muhammad Qamar (2019), "Decoupling Hypothesis of Islamic Stocks: Evidence from Copula CoVaR Approach", Borsa Istanbul Review, pp: S56-S63, Vol: 19, Issue: 1, ISSN: 2214-8450, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bir.2018.09.001, Impact Factor: 3.348  Abstract  (External URL)
16. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Muhammad Usman, Faisal Abbas, and Sajid Amin Javed (2019), "Human versus physical capital: issues of accumulation, interaction and endogeneity", Economic Change and Restructuring, pp: 351–382, Vol: 52, ISSN: 1573-9414, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10644-017-9225-2, Impact Factor: 2.472    (External URL)
17. Shazia Aziz, Rabia Ashraf, Huma Ejaz and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2018), "Connotative Confluence: Imagery and its functions in Shakespeare’s King Lear", Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, pp: 120-135, Vol: 21, Issue: 3, ISSN: 2223-2613, DOI: 10.5782/2223-2621.2018.21.3.120, Impact Factor: ISI Indexed    (External URL)
18. Muzammil, Muhammad; Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2018), "How do the technology transfer and trade openness affect inequality: A panel data analysis", Kashmir Economic Review, pp: 31-53, Vol: 27, Issue: 1, ISSN: 1011-081X    (External URL)
19. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Faisal Abbas, and Sajid Amin Javed (2018), "Poverty as Functioning Deprivation: Global Estimates", Social Indicators Research, pp: 1-32, Issue: 3, ISSN: 0303-8300, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-017-1798-7, Impact Factor: 2.614    (External URL)
20. Abbas, Faisal, and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2018), "Prevalence and determinants of Caesarean delivery in Punjab, Pakistan", Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, pp: 1058-1065, Vol: 24, Issue: 11, ISSN: 1020-3397, DOI: https://doi.org/10.26719/2018.24.11.1058, Impact Factor: 1.628    (External URL)
21. Raza, Syed Ali, Muhammad Shahbaz, Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Rashid Sbia, and Nida Shah (2018), "Testing for Wavelet Based Time-Frequency Relationship between Oil Prices and US Economic Activity", Energy, pp: 571-580, Vol: 154, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2018.02.037, Impact Factor: 7.147    (External URL)
22. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Shazia Aziz and Sidra Rasool (2017), "Achieving the Objective of Interest Free Economy: Challenges and Prospects", COMSATS Journal of Islamic Finance, pp: 1-18, Vol: 2, Issue: 1, ISSN: 2519-707X    (External URL)
23. Parveen, Zainab, Maqsood Sadiq, Faisal Abbas, and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2017), "Correlates of home and hospital delivery in Pakistan", The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, pp: 1166-1172, Vol: 67, Issue: 8, ISSN: 0030-9982, Impact Factor: 0.781    (External URL)
24. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, and Rana Ejaz Ali Khan (2017), "Democracy, Income Inequality and Economic Growth Nexus: The Case of Pakistan", Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Sciences, pp: 205, Vol: 11, Issue: 1, ISSN: 1997-8553    (External URL)
25. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, and Asad Zaman (2016), "Failures of the “Invisible Hand”", Forum for Social Economics, pp: 41-60, Vol: 45, Issue: 1, ISSN: 1874-6381, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/07360932.2015.1019536    (External URL)
26. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi (2014), "From energy blues to green energy: options before Pakistan", The Pakistan Development Review, pp: 309-325, Vol: 53, Issue: 4, ISSN: 0030-9729    (External URL)
27. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi (2014), "Maqasid-ush-Shariah: Are We Measuring the Immeasurable?", Islamic Economic Studies, pp: 1-33, Vol: 130, Issue: 1562, ISSN: 2411-3395, DOI: 10.12816/0008093    (External URL)
Conference Papers:
1. Rafi Amir-ud-Din, Hafiz Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Amin Javed, Muhammad Usman (2018) "Divisive and segregated education in Pakistan: Economic and Social Consequences", 4th National Conference on Higher Education: Higher Education and Sustainable Development   
2. Dr. Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2018) "Is a violation of women’s property rights a structural driver of women’s lack of empowerment? An analysis of DHS data from 27 countries ", The social economy of gender: Addressing challenges, seeking solutions    (External URL)
3. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Muhammad Muzammal, and Sajid Amin Javed (2017) " How inclusive is the growth in Pakistan?", SDPI’s Twentieth Sustainable Development Conference (SDC)   
4. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Shazia Aziz and Sidra Rasool (2017) "Achieving the objective of interest-free economy: Challenges and Prospects", 5th Global Forum on Islamic Finance (GFIF)    
5. Rehman, Masood Ur, and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2017) "Determinants of Middle Class in Pakistan: A 11-year trend Analysis", Towards Inclusive Governance and Efficient Institutions for Sustainable Development   
6. Javed, Imran, and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2017) "Does foreign aid with political strings dampen growth? An analysis of aid-growth nexus in Pakistan?", 1st Research Conference on Economy of Pakistan: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities, Department of Economics (FCCU)   
7. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Shamim Fatima, and Shazia Aziz (2017) "Does perceptions of violence matter? An analysis of domestic violence in Pakistan", International Conference on Peace, Con?ict and Violence   
8. Muzammil, Muhammad, and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2017) "Role of trade openness and technology transfer-induced changes in reducing income inequality: A panel data analysis", 1st Research Conference on Economy of Pakistan: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities, Department of Economics (FCCU)    
9. Faisal Abbas, Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2017) "The Curious Case of Remittances-Education Nexus in Pakistan ", 1st International Conference on migration, integration and social cohesion at International Center for Refugee and Migration Studies   
10. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Muhammad Usman, Faisal Abbas, and Sajid Amin Javed (2016) "Human versus physical capital: issues of accumulation, interaction and endogeneity (Best paper award) ", South Asian International Conference, 2016,    
11. Sardar, Asif, Sajid Amin Javed, and Rafi Amir-ud-Din (2016) "Natural Disasters and Economic Growth in Pakistan: An Enquiry into the Floods Related Hazards ´Triad", Working Paper Series, Department of Environmental Economics.   
12. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi, Faisal Abbas, and Sajid Amin Javed (2016) "Poverty as functioning deprivation: global estimates", Transforming Economic Development: Policies and Strategies   
13. Amir-ud-Din, Rafi (2015) "Protecting the Vulnerable: The Case of IDPs in Pakistan", International Conference on Management, Education and Social Sciences Research ICMESSR 2015   


PhD (Economics)
IIIE, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan


The News
Sep 2019 to Date
Assistant Professor
COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus
Aug 2014 to Date

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