Pakistan

Pakistan

The IGC programme supports the federal and provincial governments and civil society through its analytical policy work on the themes of macroeconomic growth, firm capabilities, state capabilities, and urbanisation.

Contact the team at pakistan@theigc.org

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IGC Evidence Paper - Cities

Much of the developing world has begun to rapidly urbanise. This has led to the creation of developing cities and the emergence of mega-cities around the world. The benefits of this dense clustering of individuals have been well documented in many more developed cities. In that fact, it has been observed that productivity in these urban clusters is significantly higher in rural areas and that they do often become primary engines of economic growth. As a result, the potential effects of productive cities on economic growth in developing countries are very large.

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IGC Evidence Paper: Firm Capabilities

The IGC Firm Capabilities Research Programme pulls economists with a common interest in firm capabilities together to focus on three core questions: (i) what are the key proximate determinants of firm productivity? (ii) Where does the productive capacity of firms originate? (iii) What are the barriers that prevent resources from moving from unproductive firms and sectors to areas of higher productivity?

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IGC Evidence Paper: State Effectiveness

In a sizable number of developing countries, the public sector fails to provide many, if not most, critical public goods necessary for economic development. The presence of a well-functioning state is key to encouraging economic growth. Part of this concerns having a public sector that has the capacity to raise revenues and spend them effectively; and that policymakers are incentivized to act in favour of their citizen. This paper discusses recent developments in the literature on state effectiveness.

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IGC Evidence Paper: Energy

Achieving reliable, widespread access to electricity will be transformative for many developing countries. It has significant effects on how households apportion their time and which methods and inputs are applied by productive enterprises. However, much of the world’s population remains without this reliable access or the benefits generated from it. This paper outlines many of the questions behind why this remains the case.

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IGC Central Call for Proposals

The International Growth Centre (IGC) invites researchers to submit proposals for high-calibre research projects relevant to growth policies in developing countries. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm, 31 May 2014, GMT time.

This is a comprehensive IGC call for proposals which encompasses its two central programmes: the Research and Country Programmes.

WORKING PAPER

Non-tariff Barriers in Pakistan, India, and China: A Comparative Analysis of the Legal, Economic, and Policy Implications

This research project investigates the nature of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) between India and Pakistan that mitigate free trade between the countries. In particular, it seeks to compare how these instruments compare to those used by other countries in the region, and the legal instruments implemented in Pakistan to maintain and change them over time. India-Pakistan trade is a hugely salient policy issue, particularly in the wake of Pakistan’s awarding of MFN status to India, and understanding these barriers will permit the design of policy to address them.

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Trade
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New "Our Work" Brochure

The IGC has recently published a brand new Our Work Brochure, which showcases research and policy engagements across our country and research programmes.

A PDF copy is available below and hard copies are available on request.

IGC PROJECT

Using Preference Parameter Estimates to Optimize Public Sector Wage Contracts: A Field Study in Pakistan

Eliminating polio in Pakistan is a central global public health challenge.1 Our project proposes a set of technological and incentive contract innovations aimed at making vaccination efforts more cost-effective. Increasing vaccination coverage promises tremendous long run economic benefits; eradication permanently eliminates the health and public expenditure burdens related to the disease.

RAPID RESPONSE

PIDE lecture - Energy deficiency and energy dependency

National and international energy policies have very important role in regional and global power equilibrium and its importance is increasing. In this respect, diversification of energy resources and their transportations routes, efficient use of local resources and the use of existing energy resources with various technological and strategic practices in the most efficient way possible are necessary in order to improve energy security and reduce dependence on foreign energy sources.

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Motivating Bureaucrats: Autonomy vs Performance Pay for Public Procurement in Pakistan

With limited revenues and urgent spending needs, the efficient use of the funds available to developing country governments is crucial. Arguably the most important task in this respect is to ensure the efficiency of public procurement, without which cost effective service delivery is impossible.

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