Mahreen Mahmud

Mahreen Mahmud obtained her Bsc (Hons) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan and MSc in Finance and Economics from the University of Warwick. Mahreen worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Research in Economics and Business at the Lahore School of Economics in Pakistan from 2009 to 2012. She has also worked as a consultant for Innovations for Poverty Action.


Content by Mahreen Mahmud
  • Publication - Project Report

    Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan

    3 Oct 2022 | Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said, Diego Ubfal

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Constraints to female-run microenterprises in Pakistan: The role of goals and aspirations

    The national rate of active labour participation in Pakistan is low, at a little less than 44%, with a disproportionate gender gap. The rate of female participation equals only one-third of the male participation rate at 22%. This study tests if low-cost, light-touch training to boost aspirations and setting goals for the future can help in promoting microenterprise...

    3 Oct 2022 | Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said, Diego Ubfal

  • Project

    Breaking the cycle: Reducing non-payment for electricity - experimental evidence from Pakistan

    This research tests the effectiveness of behavioural interventions in fostering regular bill payment. This will be achieved through a randomised field experiment conducted in Karachi, Pakistan. The experimental design was defined in partnership with K-Electric (KE), a private, vertically integrated electric-energy corporation serving around 23 million residential,...

    27 Nov 2019 | Jacopo Bonan, Farah Said, Mahreen Mahmud, Giovanna D'Adda, Massimo Tavoni

  • Blog post

    Flexible payment plans for improved access to off-grid energy in Pakistan

    There are approximately 144 million individuals in Pakistan who reside in either completely off-grid areas – areas that are too far away to connect to the grid - or in ‘bad’-grid areas where load shedding exceeds 12 hours per day (IFC, 2015). Households and businesses in off-grid and bad-grid areas spend an average of 14% of their monthly disposable income on kerosene...

    9 Sep 2019 | Jacopo Bonan, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said

  • Project

    Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan: The role of women's goals and aspirations

    Evidence on the impact of microfinance loans on business outcomes shows moderately positive, but not transformational effects especially for women.  This is true even when access to finance is coupled with business training, suggesting that factors other than credit and knowledge constraints reduce women’s ability to start or grow a business. Recent studies have...

    30 Nov 2017 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Diego Ubfal

  • Publication - Project Report

    Assessment of loans to female run start-ups - A randomised control trial

    24 Mar 2017 | Farah Said, Mahreen Mahmud, Azam Chaudhry

  • Project

    Impact assessment of start-up loans to female-run microenterprises

    Microcredit has been proposed as a way to increase women’s business ownership. We measured the impact of access to finance on new women-run enterprise, household welfare and female empowerment. The impact of access to finance on business creation is significant but short-lived. Other constraints may prevent women from setting up businesses. The start-up loans...

    18 Nov 2015 | Azam Chaudhry, Naved Hamid, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said