Highlights

  • Khyber Pukhtunkhwa
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    Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Economic Strategy Report

    Khalid Ikram, Syed Turab Hussain, Bilal Siddiqi

    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. The fact that KP‘s political governance structure has consolidated, financial flows led by remittances have strengthened and the economy has grown at...

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    Urban Transportation, Labour Markets and Access to...

    Anjum Altaf, Katherine Vyborny, Ammar Anees Malik, Hadia Majid

    The Lahore Bus Rapid Transit System (conventionally, Lahore Metrobus) has dramatically altered the public transport landscape of Lahore, providing subsidized urban mobility to over 140,000 people along Ferozpur Road of Lahore each day. While the environmental, congestion-related and aesthetic benefits of reducing over 20,000 cars off the city’s main East-West artery are clear, the economic and social impact of greater mobility remains unstudied. The purpose of this project is to analyze the impact of the Lahore Metrobus project on employment and human capital investment. By enhancing...

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    Study on Teachers and Administrative Cadre...

    Masooma Habib

    This study responds to a request by the department of education, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan, to assess how the incentive structure for teachers and administrators can be improved to enhance student learning. The study will make recommendations based on findings from the national and international literature and analysis of data available in KP followed up by focus group discussions with department officials, administrators and teachers in the province. High performing schools will be identified to draw insights into the learning process and apply those to low...

  • Fabric
    Project

    Measuring Innovation in the Textile Sector of Pakistan

    Waqar Ahmed Wadho, Azam Chaudhry

    Innovation and competitiveness are considered to be the backbone of private sector led economic growth and its sustainability. However, in Pakistan, very little is known about the nature and the extent of innovation as well as its determinants and obstacles. In the absence of such evidence, policies can be misdirected and ineffective. In this pilot study, we propose to conduct a survey of textile manufacturers of Pakistan to determine the nature and extent of innovation in this key export sector. Textiles is the major manufacturing sector of Pakistan contributing one-fourth of...

  • Footballs
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    Video: Footballs in Pakistan – An Innovation Story

    Eric Verhoogen

    Pakistan’s football-making industry is benefitting from a new technology which allows balls to be made more efficiently, thanks to research funded by the IGC. A new film by the IGC explains this research, and shows how economists can help policymakers understand the obstacles to the adoption of new technologies. Researchers found a new way for Pakistan’s football factories to cut the footballs’ pentagon panels from sheets of an artificial leather, rexine – the most costly input into football production. The researchers gave the new technology out to football companies...

  • Business
    Project

    Pakistan KLEMS Database and Productivity...

    Abid A. Burki, Mushtaq A. Khan, Syed Muhammad Hussain

    This study aims at creating an internationally comparable Pakistan KLEMS data at the national and industry level on the pattern of EU KLEMS database. It will include growth in output, growth in inputs and derived measures of total factor productivity. Pakistan's economy has gone through some fundamental changes in the last few decades including changes in labour composition, growth in human capital, growth in capital input, energy shortages, nationalization and then privatization of sectors, trade liberalization, war against extremism and surge in oil prices. However, it is not clear what...