Ijaz Nabi

Ijaz Nabi is the Country Director for IGC Pakistan.

Dr Ijaz Nabi is Professor of Economics Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is also member of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Chief Minister Punjab’s advisory Council and the Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan. He is an Economic Advisor to the Chief Minister of Punjab. In October 2009, he was appointed Pakistan Country Director, International Growth Center, a policy research consortium of London School of Economics and Oxford University. Dr Nabi returned to Pakistan in 2008 after 22 years at the World Bank in Washington where he worked on Mexico, Korea, Thailand (leading the World Bank team during the East Asian financial crisis), Malaysia, Korea, Laos and Myanmar. In 2002-2008, he was Manager, Economic Policy, for South Asia region at the World Bank. Dr Nabi has published extensively on economic growth, investment and finance, industrialization, international trade and labor markets in developing countries.

Content by Ijaz Nabi
  • Publication - Country study

    Heterogeneous fragility: The case of Pakistan

    This country study is published by the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.

    18 Apr 2018 | Umair Javed, Ijaz Nabi

  • Project

    Support to the Consortium for Development Policy Research for policy dissemination for 2016-17

    Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) is a non-profit association of the IGC, CERP and IDEAS. The research conducted by these three organisations is collated and then disseminated by CDPR. The evidence-based research undertaken by the above-mentioned bodies is used to inform policy debate in Pakistan, particularly by engaging the policymakers, media and...

    6 Dec 2017 | Ijaz Nabi, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Naved Hamid

  • Publication - Project Report

    Spatial analysis of small and cottage industries in Punjab, Pakistan

    25 Sep 2017 | Syed Hasan, Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid, Usman Naeem

  • Publication - Project Report

    Implementing policies for competitive garments manufacturing

    27 Jun 2017 | Naved Hamid, Ijaz Nabi

  • Project

    Engagement with Punjab under CPEC: A proposed framework for industry

    The primary objective of this project is to support the Government of Punjab in devising a strategy to maximise the positive impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the industrial sector in Punjab. Since, the demand for it has come directly from the Secretary of the Punjab Industries, Commerce & Investment Department, it will ensure the necessary ownership...

    24 May 2017 | Hasaan Khawar, Nazish Afraz, Ijaz Nabi, Usman Naeem

  • Blog post

    What the government is (and isn't) doing to fix urban issues

    What is the government currently doing about Pakistan’s staggering urban challenges? Where is more work needed? Here is an overview per issue. Housing Pakistan faces a growing housing shortfall of approximately 4.4 million units. When provided, the quality is often substandard and low income groups receive little benefit. To redress chronic housing problems,...

    15 May 2017 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Project Report

    Pakistan’s international trade - The potential for expansion towards East and West

    2 May 2017 | Ehsan U. Choudhri, Antonio Marasco , Ijaz Nabi

  • Publication - Working Paper

    A growth vent anchored in history and geography

    This paper reviews Pakistan’s recent growth vents and their impact on the economy in terms of creating a vibrant Indus Basin market. It then argues that the new growth vent Pakistan seeks requires re-creating the historical trade routes. This will be beneficial for regional equity in Pakistan and give new energy to the Indus Basin market. Please contact the author...

    28 Feb 2017 | Ijaz Nabi

  • Blog post

    The six biggest challenges facing Pakistan's urban future

    Pakistan is among the most urbanized countries of South Asia. As challenges mount, urban planning is gradually finding space in the policy discourse. This is the first of three blog posts on Pakistan’s rapid urbanization. It discusses the pace of urbanization and the major problems associated with it. This will be followed by posts on how the government is responding to...

    16 Jan 2017 | Hina Shaikh, Ijaz Nabi

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Growth Week 2016: Barriers to Growth

    World-leading researchers and policymakers (including Richard Newfarmer, Herbert M'cleod, Mohammad Qayoumi, Mbui Wagacha, Chinmaya Kumar, Eric Verhoogen, Irfan Qureshi, Ijaz Nabi, Tony Addison, Peter Biar Ajak, Nana Dwamena) outline what the major barriers to growth are in developing countries. Filmed at #GrowthWeek 2016. Produced by Econ Films.

    8 Jun 2016

  • Project

    Pakistan's international trade: The potential for expansion towards east and west

    Liberalisation of Pakistan’s overland trade to both the east and west offers an important opportunity for economic growth. This project sought to identify the barriers to Pakistan’s east-west trade and to explore the potential of their reduction for trade expansion. We found that undeveloped overland trade routes with China and policy-induced restrictions on...

    9 Feb 2016 | Ehsan U. Choudhri, Ijaz Nabi, Antonio Marasco

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Development of Punjab growth strategy 2018 (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Phase II – Research on garments industry in Pakistan (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid

  • Project

    Development of an electronic database of industrial and commercial activity and a spatial analysis of small and cottage industries in Punjab, Pakistan

    Analysis of the spatial distribution of economic activity has significant importance for policy analysis in a country. In the case of the state of Punjab in Pakistan, the relevant statistics are only available in the manufacturing sector and these do not provide any sector specific details for the districts. Recognising the gap in access to such vital statistics, this...

    16 Dec 2015 | Naved Hamid, Syed Hasan, Ijaz Nabi, Usman Naeem

  • Project

    Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR): Summary for proposed activities, November 2015– October 2016

    CDPR is a non-profit association of independent researchers/policy advisors based in Pakistan. It aims to consolidate resources for informed debate on key policy issues. Its participating organizations include the Center for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP) and the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS). The Pakistan office of the IGC is a sponsor of...

    16 Dec 2015 | Naved Hamid, Ijaz Nabi, Muhammad Farooq Naseer

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC cities research group 2015: Ijaz Nabi

    17 Jun 2015

  • Project

    Phase II – Research on garments industry in Pakistan

    The textile industry is central to Pakistan’s economy, and ready-made garments manufacturing has the potential to contribute significantly to the country’s objective of creating modern, well-paid jobs, and improving the trade balance. Phase II of this project is a result of strong stakeholder demand following the findings of Phase I. We found that there has...

    19 Jan 2015 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid

  • Project

    Development of Punjab Growth Strategy 2018

    Punjab has been suffering from low rates of economic growth for the past few years The province needs to grow rapidly to provide enough jobs for its increasing labour force The Chief Minister asked the IGC to help develop a growth strategy for the province The strategy has now been adopted by the Government as its official Growth...

    19 Jan 2015 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid, Ali Cheema, Syed Turab Hussain, Syed Ali Hasanain, Azam Chaudhry, Nazish Afraz, Anjum Nasim, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Zeba Sathar, Sohaib Athar, Hina Shaikh

  • Project

    Develop a reform program for liberalizing regional trade with a focus on trade with India

    The report focuses on Pakistan-India trade and discusses the challenging issues of non –tariff barriers and subsidies. It emphasizes the need for technical capacity to both understand the complexities as well as respond in terms of specific policy instruments such as countervailing duties and regional trade liberalization (SAFTA) in the context of the global trade regimes...

    18 Nov 2014 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh

  • Project

    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...

    4 Sep 2014 | Ijaz Nabi, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional Trade Report (Working Paper)

    1 Mar 2013 | Ijaz Nabi, Hina Shaikh

  • Project

    Property Tax

    Property tax collection in the Punjab is roughly a fifth of the level of comparable countries both in terms of the proportion of total local revenues and as share of GDP. This would be ten times compared to what is collected today, amounting to 13% of Punjab’s development budget and 26% of its health and education budget for FY10. This policy brief outlines improvements...

    1 Dec 2010 | Ijaz Nabi