Rafiq Dossani

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Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in finance, Northwestern University; M.B.A. in finance & economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; B.A. in economics, St. Stephen's College, Delhi

Overview

Rafiq Dossani is director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP), a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He works on education, regional development, security, finance, and technology issues. Projects in education include the relationship between financing, governance and ownership in higher education, addressing the digital divide in early childhood education, college search, and blended delivery models in higher education. Projects in regional development include the political economy of trade in South Asia and Pakistan's urbanization. Previously, Dossani was director of Stanford University's Center for South Asia, and a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Institute for International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.A. in economics from St. Stephen's College.

Recent Projects

  • The Political Economy of South Asian Regional Integration
  • Pakistan Urban Sector Assessment
  • Early Childhood Education and the Digital Divide
  • Linking Funding and the Quality of Higher Education in India

Selected Publications

R. Dossani, Muslim Minorities in Asia, Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2014 (forthcoming)

R. Dossani, L. Daugherty, T. Miller and M. Clifford, Building the Links Between Funding and Quality in Higher Education: India's Challenge, The RAND Corporation, 2013

R. Dossani, M. Carnoy, P. Loyalka, M. Dobryakova, I. Froumin, K. Kuhns, J.B. Tilak and W. Rong, University Expansion in a Changing Global Economy: Triumph of the BRICs?Stanford University Press, 2013

R. Dossani and M. Fruin (eds.), The Future of the Firm in Asia, Journal of Asia Business Studies. 6(2). Special Issue., 2012

R. Dossani, D. Assimakopoulos and E. Carayannis (eds.), Knowledge Perspectives of New Product Development, Springer, 2011

R. Dossani, D. Sneider and V. Sood (eds.), Does South Asia Exist? Prospects for Regional Integration in South Asia, Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2010

R. Dossani, India Arriving, AMACOM Books, 2007

R. Dossani (ed.), Telecommunications Reform in India, Quorum Books, 2002

Commentary

  • Senior couple on a park bench looking at a tablet

    Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers” — Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan — to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. How might public policy help accomplish this?

    Jun 16, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Sri Lanka's newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena arrives for his swearing-in ceremony in Colombo, January 9, 2015

    In Sri Lanka, Elections Could Signal New Opportunities

    With the inauguration of President Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka, both the United States and India have an opportunity to influence reconciliation between the country's Tamils and Sinhalese. But if that influence is used unwisely, the result may be the same sort of aggressive Sinhalese nationalism that propelled Mahinda Rajapaksa to power a decade ago.

    Jan 27, 2015 The Epoch Times

  • University building with columns

    College Ratings and Affordable Education

    There are reasons to believe American students from the middle- and lower-income tiers aren't making affordable college choices. Can a new ratings system help them make better, more affordable decisions?

    Dec 24, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • A teacher helps a girl use a digital tablet

    Helping Teachers Overcome Technology Barriers in Early Childhood Education

    When it comes to helping children appreciate the benefits of using technology in a classroom setting, early childhood education providers play a critical role integrating that technology appropriately, intentionally, and productively. But these educators face myriad barriers to fulfilling these roles.

    Nov 21, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Three preschool children using a tablet on the floor

    Access to Technology Is Key to Early Childhood Education

    For children from all income classes to benefit from the proper use of technology in early childhood education, providers, families, and children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure, including devices, connectivity, and software.

    Nov 4, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Preschoolers in a classroom looking at a tablet with their teacher

    The Role of Technology in the Lives of Children

    On a typical day, children ages 3-5 spend an average of four hours with technology, and technology use is increasing among children of all ages. Debates about the role of technology in early childhood education are ongoing, with some providers, parents, and others yet to be convinced of its potential benefits.

    Oct 10, 2014

  • Hindu saints stand in line to cast their votes at a polling station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 30, 2014

    India Votes — and What It Might Mean for the United States

    If elected, Modi could turn out to be the politician that India's Congress accuses him of being, focusing on an internal agenda that discourages foreign engagement. The U.S. would no doubt prefer that he follow the economic course he charted in Gujarat.

    May 5, 2014 GlobalSecurity.org and The RAND Blog

  • girl student holding a microtube

    Instead of Promoting STEM Education Indiscriminately, Try This

    With all the evidence demonstrating the importance of STEM education for success in the 21st century, well-intentioned policymakers may be tempted to indiscriminately promote all STEM curricula, across all levels of education. But unpacking what STEM really means reveals the need for a more nuanced approach.

    Mar 31, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Indian students study inside the Delhi University campus in New Delhi September 20, 2013

    Four Issues That RUSA's Plans for Research Universities Ought To Address

    The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, or National Higher Education Mission, is the key implementing initiative of the Indian government's 12th Five Year Plan for higher education. It promotes three policy priorities in higher education — equity, expansion, and excellence.

    Mar 18, 2014 EduTech Magazine

  • two male students looking at a laptop

    What to Make of P-TECH Schools

    There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But the P-TECH program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

    Feb 21, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • College students attending a lecture in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi

    India Embraces MOOCs, but What if It Is a 'Lousy Product'?

    One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Given the amount India is investing, it is important to make the best possible use of the complex and evolving Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) model.

    Jan 8, 2014 Business Standard

  • college students having a lesson in a lecture hall

    Making Colleges More Affordable

    President Obama has released a plan to make colleges more affordable for the middle class. The plan calls for linking federal student aid to college performance, capping student loans at 10% of income, and incentivizing innovative instructional approaches to cut costs and improve quality.

    Aug 26, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • a piggy bank with a graduation cap surrounded by U.S. currency

    The Cost of Higher Education: The Big Picture

    According to Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, tuition is becoming less affordable because institutions are not performance-oriented and thus do not use their funding wisely. But would a more efficient system really bring measurable reductions in tuition costs?

    Jul 12, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • Two students sitting outside on a college campus

    Increase Funds for Quality

    In India, perhaps if the funds that are needed are put in with the help of philanthropists like Shiv Nadar, Azim Premji or Rajendra Pawar, it may be possible to build world class universities, writes Rafiq Dossani.

    Apr 15, 2013 EduTech Magazine

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