Erum Haider

Erum Haider is a PhD Candidate at Georgetown University, Department of Government. Her dissertation examines the privatisation of public goods, particularly electricity, in large developing megacities. She examines the effect of privatization on attitudes towards redistribution and welfare, on which she has implemented a survey experiment in Karachi, Pakistan in July 2018. She also works on survey methods and survey experiments, and is co-authoring a paper on so-called “observer effects” in face-to-face interviews in India.

Content by Erum Haider
  • Blog post

    Line, tanker, tube well: Water and the politics of hybrid service delivery in Karachi

    The distribution and sources of water in Karachi vary due to the numerous state and non-state actors involved. This has impacts on the burden on expenditure for water relative to income. It also affects blame-attribution and credit claiming for access to water, especially along the lines of ethnicity. Water provision in Karachi is complex and layered. Individuals access...

    20 Sep 2022 | Erum Haider, Niloufer Siddiqui

  • Project

    Pakistan energy consumption and participation survey

    This study addresses a core focus for IGC’s goal of promoting sustainable economic growth: what happens to the relationship between citizens and their representatives when traditional state services in large urban municipalities such as water, electricity and garbage collection are privatised? Preliminary evidence from the IGC study conducted by Haider in 2018 suggests...

    1 Jul 2020 | Erum Haider, Niloufer Siddiqui

  • Project

    Electricity and public goods provision in Karachi, Pakistan

    In large parts of the developing world where democracy and democratic institutions such as legislature, courts and civil society are weakly institutionalised, the provision of public goods to the most disenfranchised members of society falls through the cracks. This project focuses on the privatisation of electricity, a public good that at the turn of the millennia is...

    16 Aug 2019 | Erum Haider

  • Blog post

    Don’t shoot the messenger – electricity theft and trust in Karachi, Pakistan

    We assume that more information makes markets work better. Information can provide individuals incentives to act better. However, in some situations, information on poor behaviour can lead to mistrust, not just of other people, but of the institution that delivers the message. The Karachi setting Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and industrial hub, home to 16.6...

    7 May 2019 | Erum Haider