Muhammad Meki

Post-doctoral research fellow in development economics

I am a Rokos Junior Research Fellow in Development Economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. I am also a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. I recently finished my DPhil (PhD) in Economics at St. John’s College, University of Oxford. In my research I am interested in the effect of equity-like financial contracts, which involve profit and loss sharing and / or shared asset ownership, on the investment and growth of microenterprises in developing countries. Prior to academia, I worked for five years in the financial markets, for Bank of America in London and Deutsche Bank in Singapore, where I traded government bonds, fixed-income products and foreign exchange derivatives. I have also previously completed postgraduate degrees in Finance (MSc, London School of Economics), Economics (PGDip, Cambridge), and Economics for Development (MSc, Oxford).

Ongoing work

Cost of Equity Financing and Capital Structure: Evidence from a Policy Change in Belgium

Microequity for Microenterprises: Evidence from an Artefactual Field Experiment and Survey in Pakistan ICG Grant.

Asset-based, Shared-ownership Microfinance Contracts: A Field Experiment in Pakistan (with Faisal Bari, Kashif Malik, and Simon Quinn)  IPA Financial Inclusion Program Grant, PEDL Exploratory Research Grant.

Microequity for Microenterprises: A Field Experiment in Kenya  (with Marcel Fafchamps, Colin Mayer, Simon Quinn, and Kate Roll) Mars Catalyst, Mutuality in Business Program.

Skin in the Game: Microequity and Mentorship for Online Freelancers in Bangladesh (with Mehrab Bakhtiar, Simon Quinn, and Abu Shonchoy) PEDL Exploratory Research Grant.

Microequity for Microenterprises: Demand for Venture Capitallike Funding in Indonesia (with Simon Quinn and Russell Toth) JPAL exploratory study.