• Khyber Pukhtunkhwa

    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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    Motivating Bureaucrats: Autonomy vs...

    Oriana Bandiera, Ahsen Omar Majeed, Michael Best, Andrea Prat

    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. This project, designed in close collaboration with the Government of Punjab, has the twofold aims of a) developing a methodology for the measurement of procurement effectiveness, and b) designing, implementing, and evaluating policies to improve procurement effectiveness in the context of...

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    Tax me if you can: Tackling the extensive...

    Michael Best

    Pakistan, like Mexico, suffers from a distorted tax system replete with special provisions for vested interest groups, often justified on the grounds of equity or redistribution. The result is that the tax collection falls short of what is needed to maintain levels of service provision or meet MDG goals. There is insufficient financing to provide for the infrastructure needs for investment, or even to maintain existing investment, with tax/GDP ratios at 10% or less (as in the Pakistan case). In most cases, the tax breaks are inadequate in meeting distributional considerations. These...

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    Video: Footballs in Pakistan: An Innovation...

    Eric Verhoogen

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    South Asia Growth Conference 2014

    11 March 2014

    The 3rd Annual South Asia Growth Conference was held in Lahore, Pakistan from 17 - 19 March 2014. To see live Twitter updates from the conference, head to the Twitter hashtag #SAsiaGrowth, and take a look at our page: @The_IGC. The final agenda and summaries from the conference sessions are available below. Presentations and videos are available below.

  • Pakistan

    Non-tariff Barriers in Pakistan, India, and...

    Sikander A. Shah, Uzair J. Kayani

    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. Through comparisons to similar...