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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Subnational income, convergence, and the COVID-19 pandemic

    This brief investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on gross national income in Pakistan and its districts. To address the lack of available data, we developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict economy activity in real time by leveraging administrative, night-light, and other real-time data. Urban districts in Pakistan drove the slow-down in...

    8 Nov 2021 | Ali Choudhary, Ijlal Haqqani, Federico Lenzi, Nicola Limodio

  • Publication - Project Report

    Subnational income, convergence, and the COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the growth and subnational distribution of income in low-income countries. To understand these effects, we produce monthly aggregates on gross national income (GNI) for 147 Pakistani districts through real-time data and machine learning between 2012 and 2021. Three findings emerge from our analysis. First, urban districts...

    25 Oct 2021 | Ali Choudhary, Ijlal Haqqani, Federico Lenzi, Nicola Limodio

  • Event

    Panel discussion on income inequality under COVID-19

    The Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) in collaboration with  International Growth Centre, Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre at LUMS (MHRC) , Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) and Saida Waheed Gender Initiative at LUMS (SWGI) is hosting an online panel discussion to discuss income inequality under Covid-19 within Pakistan and...

    20 September 2021

  • Blog post

    Environmental judicial activism: Bridging gaps in Pakistan’s environmental protection strategy

    In low-income countries, the role of the judiciary in mitigating the effects of climate change often faces significant hurdles in resources, capacity, and political will. In Pakistan, however, the establishment of several judicial commissions are tackling these challenges by supporting climate research, developing proactive approaches to climate issues, and creating...

    6 Sep 2021 | Emun Hafeez, Nick Wilkinson

  • Event

    3rd international conference on applied development economics

    The Centre for Research in Economics and Business (CREB) at Lahore School of Economic with support from the International Growth Centre and Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) presents its 3rd International Conference on Applied Development Economics (ADE) from 8 – 10 September 2021. Kindly note that this is an online conference due to the ongoing COVID-19...

    8–10 September 2021

  • Project

    Responsive policymaking in Pakistan: Decision-making around infrastructure in Balochistan

    IGC Pakistan is supporting the Government of Balochistan (GoB) in developing the contours of a spatial strategy to guide the province's budgetary allocations and development priorities while reflecting Balochistan’s needs and strengths. A previous IGC study has helped set the context for a new framework for growth in Balochistan based on a spatial and data-driven approach...

    11 Jun 2021 | Nasir Javed

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How to regulate exposure to air pollution

    Airborne particulates kill millions of people each year. Analysis of global data describing particulate exposure suggests that an important component of exposure is determined by country-level policies.  Statistically, the three best predictors of mean particulate exposure in a country are: Coal consumption, organic fuel consumption/agricultural burning, and urban...

    10 Jun 2021 | Matthew Turner, Lint Barrage

  • Project

    Rebuilding the social compact: Urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

    Developing countries face a critical challenge as they urbanise: how can local governments tasked with delivering public goods and services meet the needs of rapidly growing urban populations? We ask whether strengthening the link between urban service provision and tax collection can create a virtuous cycle of sustainable development. We introduce a series of...

    8 Jun 2021 | Mahvish Shaukat, Adnan Khan, Benjamin Olken

  • Project

    Reducing Pakistan's circular debt: Facilitating growth through energy sector reforms

    Pakistan's power sector is in crisis. Although subsidies protect consumers from the real costs, the government is burdened with serious debt. The stock of debt in the power sector has reached a staggering ~1.72 trillion rupees (£8.56bn), nearly 4% of GDP. In comparison, Pakistan spends just over 2.4% of GDP on education; more is spent on subsidising electricity prices each...

    8 Jun 2021 | Robin Burgess, Usman Naeem, Tim Dobermann, Faraz Hayat, Michael Greenstone

  • Project

    Reinventing Pakistan's welfare state: Replacing energy subsidies with targeted transfers

    A welfare state faces two fundamental challenges: targeting people who need support the most and delivering the benefits in a cost-effective manner. In some developing countries, weak data leads to poor targeting, while weak institutions lead to poor delivery mechanisms. This means that these limited benefits are often availed by the less deserving, leaving less behind for...

    4 Jun 2021 | Robin Burgess, Tim Dobermann, Michael Greenstone, Faraz Hayat, Usman Naeem