Dr. Arslan Tariq Rana

Dr. Arslan Tariq Rana

Dr. Arslan Tariq Rana

Assistant Professor

I completed my MBIT (Master in Business and Information Technology) in 2007 from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Then I did MS (Finance and Economics) in 2009 from Université of Orléans, Orléans, France followed by PhD in International Economics in 2015 from the same university. During my tenure at Université of Orléans, I worked as Assistant Teaching and Research fellow in Economics for two years. In January 2016, I joined National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU) and worked there until January 2017.
Research Grant I got research grant jointly financed by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan and French Ministry of Education and Research to pursue a project on Education for which I am the Principal Investigator. The Principal Investigator on the French side is Isabelle Rabaud, Associate Professor in Economics at Université of Orléans. The title is: Improving Education Standards: Do Preferential Trade Agreements matter? Policy implications for Pakistan. My areas of research interest are Regional/Bilateral Trade Agreements, Development Economics and Applied Econometrics.

  • International Economics
  • Project Management
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Statistical Inference
  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Policy
  • Microeconomics
  • Strategic Behavior
  • History of Economic Thought


PhD in Economics

LEO – University of Orléans, France.

Master in Finance

University of Orléans, France

Master in Business and Information Technology

University of the Punjab, Lahore

Bachelor in Computer Sciences

University of Lahore, Lahore

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, National University of Computing and emerging Sciences (FAST-NU)

Jan 2016 – Jan 2017

Associate Researcher, University of Orléans

2015 –

Assistant lecturer and research fellow, University of Orléans

2013 – 2015

IT monitor, University of Orléans

2012 – 2013


University of Central Punjab: Advanced Macroeconomics (1st and 2nd year of M.Phil.), International Economics (1st and 2nd year of M.Phil.), Project Management (4th year of B.Sc.) FAST-NU (2016-2017): Financial Institutions and Markets (3rd year of BBA.), Statistical Inference (2nd year of BBA) University of Orléans (2013-2015): Macroeconomics (2nd year of B.Sc.), Monetary Policy (2nd year of B.Sc.), Microeconomics (1st and 2nd year of B.Sc.), Strategic Behavior (2nd year of B.Sc.),
History of Economic Thought (1st year of B.Sc.)

Research Interests

International Economics

Regional/Bilateral trade agreements, international trade, foreign direct investment, international political economy, interstate cooperation and conflicts, economic integration

Development Economics

Social clauses in free trade agreements such as labor and environment, impact on environmental and labor standards

Applied Econometrics

Panel Data, Time Series, Binary/Ordered outcome models, bivariate models, diff-in-diff

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Do Preferential Trade Agreements contribute to the development of trade? Accounting for institutional heterogeneity

International Economics. Advance online publication.

Trade and interstate conflicts. Do preferential trade agreements matter?

Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, 21(4), 561-574.

Les clauses environnementales dans les accords de libre-échange entre pays développés et pays émergents. Analyse des déterminants (= Environmental provisions in free trade agreements between the developed and emerging countries. Analysis of determinants), (with Philippe Saucier).

Mondes en Developpement. 162(2), 49-66.

Working papers and work in progress

Working Papers

Explaining inflation growth non-linearity through capital accumulation

(with Muhammad Khan) (submitted to B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics).

Economic Integration Agreements: An international political perspective


Work in Progress

Social Clauses in Free-trade Agreements: An efficient tool to improve Labor Standards?

(with Rémi Bazillier)

GATS clauses in Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements and impact on Services Trade

(with Isabelle Rabaud)

Determinants of Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in preferential trade agreements

The political economy of FDI into developing countries: Does the depth of international trade agreements matter?

Borrowing Cost in French Credit Market: Does Competition Matter ? Empirical evidence from a Sample of French Firms

(with Abdellah Bouchellal)

Referee Activities

International Journals

Journal of International Trade and Economic Development (2), International Economics and Economic Policy (1)

Conferences and Workshops

World Finance Conference on liquidity, financial and monetary price stability, 29-31 July 2016, Saint John’s University, New York, USA.
4th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. Developing and Implementing Policies for a Better Future at Work, 8-10 July 2015, ILO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland 15th Doctoral Meetings in International Trade and International Finance (Research in International Economics and Finance – RIEF Network), 25-26 June 2015, University of Orléans, France 15th Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference, 22-24 June 2015, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
European Trade Study Group 2014 Munich, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 11-13 September 2014, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich and Ifo Institute, Munich, Germany
Doctoral Workshop CES-CERDI-Graduate Institute of Geneva-LEO, 1415 November 2013, University of Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France The 2013 Annual Conference of the Royal Economic Society (RES), 3-5 April 2013, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
The 12th European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES) Conference, 6-8 September 2012, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom 14th INFER (The International Network for Economic Research) Annual Conference, 10-13 May 2012, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Contraintes extérieurs, regains du protectionnisme et/ou integrations économiques? (= External constraints, resurgence of protectionism and/or economic integration?), 20-21 May 2011, Hammamet, Tunisia Doctoral Workshop CES-CERDI-Graduate Institute of Geneva-LEO, 31 March-1 April 2011, University of Orléans, France

Research Networks and Contract

Principal Investigator, project on Improving Education trade and standards: Do Preferential Trade Agreements matter? Policy implications for Pakistan, under the HEC PERIDOT Research Program 2016, cofunded by Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR). The collaborating Principal Investigator for the project on French side is Isabelle Rabaud, University of Orléans.

Administrative Duties

Elected Representative at the Council of Laboratoire d’Economie d’Orléans (LEO), 2012-2015

Language Skills

English Professional
French  Professional
Urdu Native

Computer Skills

Stata, E-views, RATS, MATLAB, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project


Philippe Saucier  Professor, University of Orléans
E-mail: philippe.saucier@univ-orleans.fr
Tel: +33 (0)2 38 49 49 47
Mouez Fodha Professor, University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
E-mail: mouez.fodha@univ-paris1.fr
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 07 82 11
Rémi Bazillier Professor, University of Orléans
E-mail: remi.bazillier@univ-orleans.fr
Tel: +33 (0)2 38 41 70 37

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