Sarah Khan


Sarah Khan joined the University of Göttingen as a postdoctoral research fellow in Stephan Klasen’s chair in November 2015. Sarah obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D., both in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to joining Göttingen, Sarah worked as a teaching fellow at SOAS, University of London.
Sarah's research focuses on gender issues in developing countries.

Research grants

  • 2020-2021 - The Dynamics of Women’s Work: Routes to economic and social empowerment (UNU-WIDER)
    "The transition from female education to work/ marriage in Pakistan: The role of financial shocks and marital customs" (Ongoing)

  • 2018-2021 - Economic Development & Institutions (DFID UK)
    "Asset ownership and female empowerment in Pakistan: Evidence from a natural experiment"
    P.I.: Prof. Stephan Klasen

  • 2016-2018 - Growth and economic empowerment of women (GrOW)
    P.I.: Prof. Klasen, Prof. Vollmer, Prof. Ibanez


2016-2020 Lecturer , Georg-August, University of Göttingen
Courses taught:

  • Economics of Education
  • Development Economics I, II & IV
  • Introduction to Development Economics
  • Introduction to STATA
  • Gender, Education and Development
  • Social institutions in Developing Countries

2013-2015 Teaching Fellow , SOAS, University of London
Courses taught:

  • Quantitative Methods for Economists
  • Quantitative Techniques - Postgraduate Diploma, Economics
  • Research Methods - M.Sc, Economics

2010-2014 Teaching Associate, Royal Holloway, University of London
Courses taught:

  • Principles of Economics
  • Quantitative Techniques I
  • Economics Workshop - Seminar

Research Papers

Khan, S., (2021). “Female education and marriage in Pakistan: The role of financial shocks and marital customs”, Resubmitted to World Development, also see: UNUWIDER Working paper No.

Khan, S., Pasha, A., and Klasen, S. (2021). "Asset ownership and female empowerment in Pakistan: Evidence from a natural experiment", Working Paper from the Economic Development & Institutions project

Khan, S., Sahoo,S., Balasubramanian, P., and Ibanez, I. (2020). "The effect of interventions for women’s empowerment on children’s health and education: A systematic review of evidence from low and middle-income countries." – Under review

Khan, S., Ibanez, M., Sahii, S., and Balasubramanian, B. (2019). "Does female economic empowerment promote development?" PEGNet Policy Brief, 17

Khan, S. and Klasen, S. (2018). "Female employment and spousal abuse: A parallel
cross-country analysis from developing economies."
Courant Research Centre Discussion Paper 249

Khan, S., and Seltzer, A. (2016). "The Impact of Fundamentalist Terrorism on School
Enrolment: Evidence from North-Western Pakistan, 2004-09."
IZA DP No. 10168

Work in progress

Khan, S., Le, T., Sahoo, S., Pasha, A., and Vollmer, S. "Women’s economic empowerment at the community level and its impact on human development. A systematic review of the evidence in low and middle income countries."