Former member EAC Imran Rasul wins prestigious European award in economics

Pakistani economist and former member of government’s EAC (Economic Advisory Council), who resigned as a protest against Atif Mian’s removal, recently has been honored with prestigious Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics 2019.

The medal is awarded to ‘European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe.’  With Oriana Bandiera, Imran Rasul has was also awarded with €20 000 from the Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation, in addition to the prestigious decoration.

Imran Rasul resigned from EAC after Atif Mian was asked to step down due from the council due to his faith, owing to pressure from the extreme right. He said that he is resigning because these values are not what he is trying to teach his children.

”With a heavy heart, I have resigned from the EAC this morning. The circumstances in which Atif was asked to step down are ones I profoundly disagree with. Basing decisions on religious affiliation goes against my principles, or the values I am trying to teach my children.” – he said.

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Imran Rasul is a micro-economist from University College London and the Institute Fiscal Studies. His expertise include working towards social relationships in economics, advanced through pioneering field experiments in the workplace and social networks. He has provided commendable contributions to the field of economics, specifically to the fields of personnel economics and development. He is recognized as a capable young economist in Europe. His achievement, with being a reason for us to be proud, is also a horrifying reminder that how we have lost most of our potential to extremism and intolerance.

Renowned economists, including Pakistani Atif Mian, have congratulated Imran on this remarkable feat. 

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