Dr. Merwan H. Engineer

Dr. Merwan H. Engineer

PhD (Queen's)

Office: BEC 350

Merwan Engineer's research spans a number of topics areas. Most recently, he has been working on improving indexes of human development so that they can be useful in development planning. He has also been working on banking models for explaining the 2008/09 financial crisis. An ongoing research program involves simulating the population dynamics of age group tribal societies. The bulk of his earlier work develop theories for explaining why paper money has value. His papers on political economy develop models for constraining despotism.

Dr. Engineer graduated with a BA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from Queen’s University. He is the undergraduate honours advisor and a member of the Senate Committee on Planning. He is associate editor of the Indian Growth & Development Review, senior fellow of The Remini Centre for Economic Analysis, and research affiliate at the Centre for Studies in Demography and Ecology.


  • Money and finance
  • Development and demography
  • Political economy


Selected publications

Development, Demography and Well Being

Money and Finance

Political Economy