Usman Naeem

Usman is a Country Economist for IGC-Pakistan. Previously, he has worked in banking and finance, as well as with policymakers and researchers in the implementation of key development programmes. Following his exposure to client consulting, at the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Usman has managed large-scale Government of Punjab (GoPb) development projects at the Bank of Punjab (BoP) Country Office. He has also worked with Asim Khwaja on the Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme (PEOP) and coordinated for Michael Callen on a randomised controlled trial in Lahore, in an attempt to inform bilateral aid policy.

Usman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His master’s thesis used ideas from Greenstone and Hanna (Environmental Regulations, Air and Water Pollution, and Infant Mortality in India) and applied them to water governance in Punjab, Pakistan.

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  • Project

    Leveraging energy data for better residential energy subsidy targeting

    A welfare state faces two fundamental challenges: targeting those who need support most and delivering benefits in an effective manner. In developing countries, weak data leads to poor targeting, while weak institutions lead to poor delivery. The benefits intended for the poor therefore only reach a fraction of the planned amounts. Targeting is challenging because of the...

    25 Nov 2020 | Michael Greenstone, Usman Naeem, Tim Dobermann, Robin Burgess, Faraz Hayat

  • Project

    Emissions rating programme: Environmental impacts and firm behaviour

    Several countries have used emissions rating programmes to incentivise industrial plants to comply with emissions standards and maintain low levels of pollution. Such programmes function by using regularly monitored emissions data from major industrial plants to rate firms from the least compliant to the most compliant. Besides making environmental performance more...

    3 Feb 2020 | Michael Greenstone, Sanval Nasim, Usman Naeem, Ali Habib

  • Project

    Emissions rating programme: environmental impacts and firm behaviour in Pakistan

    Several countries have used emissions rating programmes to incentivise industrial plants to comply with emissions standards and maintain low levels of pollution. Such programmes function by using regularly monitored emissions data from major industrial plants to rate firms from the least compliant to the most compliant. Besides making environmental performance more...

    1 Feb 2020 | Michael Greenstone, Ali Habib, Usman Naeem, Sanval Nasim

  • Project

    Supporting Pakistan’s power sector reforms

    Pakistan's power sector is in deep need of reform. It suffers from chronic shortages, not due to a lack of supply, but because of the financial woes of the public distribution companies operating throughout Pakistan. Only 71% of the electricity sold for use across the country is recovered through bills. The total ‘circular debt’ of the electricity sector amounts to...

    10 Oct 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Tim Dobermann, Faraz Hayat, Usman Naeem

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Discretion in a bureaucracy: Evidence from Pakistan

    3 Jul 2019 | Shan Aman Rana, Usman Naeem, Zara Salman

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Women’s mobility and labour force participation: Early evidence from Karachi

    30 Apr 2019 | Asad Sayeed, Natasha Ansari, Usman Naeem

  • Project

    Rapid response to Pakistan’s Task Force on Energy Reforms

    Pakistan’s power sector is in deep need of reform. The sector suffers from chronic shortages not because of a lack of supply but due to the financial woes of the distribution companies operating throughout Pakistan. Of the electricity sold for use across the country, only 71% is recovered through bills. Such large losses risk collapsing the sector if left...

    17 Apr 2019 | Robin Burgess, Tim Dobermann, Michael Greenstone, Faraz Hayat, Usman Naeem

  • Publication - Project Report

    Engagement with Punjab under CPEC: A proposed framework for industry

    25 Jun 2018 | Hasaan Khawar, Nazish Afraz, Ijaz Nabi, Usman Naeem

  • Publication - Project Report

    Spatial analysis of small and cottage industries in Punjab, Pakistan

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

  • 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

  • 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