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.

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The Political Economy of Public Goods Provision in Slums: Preliminary Results from a Field Study in Urban Pakistan

Slums were once seen as a means for rural migrants to start a new life. They provided the poor with free – or what was thought as free - housing upon arrival, thereby facilitating a process of reinvention, both economically and socially. At least this was the idea in the 1950s when the state in developing countries took on an attitude of benign neglect towards these settlements (Beall et al 2010, Njoh 2003).

Support to the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) Phase II

The Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) is a non-profit association of independent organisations based in Pakistan that aim to consolidate resources and organise informed debate on key policy issues. Its participatory organisations include the Center for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP), the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS), the Pakistan office of the International Growth Centre (IGC) as well as other leading Pakistani economists.


Turning to the pharmaceutical sector for enhancing India-Pakistan trade

Various efforts have been made to normalise trade relations between India and Pakistan in the past few years; yet, several barriers remain. This column examines the trade potential in pharmaceuticals – a fast growing sector in world trade – between the two countries. It finds that there is huge, untapped potential in Indo-Pak pharmaceuticals trade, and suggests policy measures to propel trade and investment in the sector.


Management Practices in Manufacturing

Recent literature has documented surprising differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and more developed countries (Syverson 2011, Hsieh and Klenow 2009, Joner and Romer 2010). Poor management practices are likely an important factor behind the lower levels of development in Asia, Africa and Latin America, hampering the manufacturing sector’s ability to innovate, exploit new technologies and react to the challenges and opportunities of globalization.


Reclaiming Prosperity in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: A Medium Term Strategy for Inclusive Growth

The citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have suffered a series of external shocks over an extended period of time that has eroded living standards. These include the fall-out from over three decades of the Afghan conflict, spill-over of the militancy in FATA, devastation caused by the 2005 earthquake, internal displacement of 3 million people following the conflict in Swat in 2009, and the damage inflicted by unprecedented floods in 2010.

Understanding Productivity in the Pakistani Garment Sector: Comparisons with Bangladesh Pilot Project

Textiles account for over half of Pakistan’s exports, with knitted and sewn products more than half of the textile exports. Data from the Ministry of Commerce indicate that exports of RMG and knitwear products increased by 12% and 6%, respectively, between FY 2012 and FY 2013.


From Cities to States: Jonathan Leape in LSEConnect

Jonathan Leape, Executive Director of the International Growth Centre, speaks to LSE Connect and explains the four research themes which will help power development across the world. 
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A Model for Monetary Policy Analysis in Pakistan: The Role of Foreign Exchange and Credit Markets

The IGC has supported an ongoing program to develop and use a Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) model for monetary policy analysis in Pakistan. Previous projects have designed a DSGE model suitable for Pakistan, used it to examine important monetary policy issues, and made the model ready for operation at the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The present project undertakes important extensions of the model to explore the role of foreign exchange and credit markets in determining the macroeconomic effects of monetary policy.


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