Dr Jawad Shah

Jawad Shah is a Research Fellow in Economics at the Centre for Business Taxation. Jawad’s research focuses on evasion and enforcement issues in taxation of businesses in developing countries. In his recent research, he studies the behaviour of Value Added Tax (VAT) registered firms in economies with large informal sectors. 

Jawad has completed his PhD from Martin School of University of Kentucky in 2021 and an MPA from Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 2013 as a Fulbright scholar. He has also worked at the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), a global policy research network based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), as Consultant Research Associate, where he collaborated on the corporate tax, personal income tax, alternative minimum tax, and VAT projects in Africa. 

Jawad was also a tax administrator in Pakistan’s Civil Service for more than a decade where he served in VAT, customs, excise, and income tax administrations in various regions of the country. 


Jawad is conducting research on:

  • Use of technology to process third party information in VAT
  • Alternative Minimum Taxes on corporations
  • Impact of VAT Audit on subsequent behaviour of firms
  • Minimum Taxes in VAT
  • Wealth tax and taxation of high net-worth individuals 


Jawad teaches in economics and public policy at Blavatnik School of Government. Jawad has also taught Economics and Business Statistics course, as independent instructor, in Gatton School of Business and Economics at University of Kentucky.