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  • Project

    Defining the contours of a spatial strategy for Balochistan

    Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province by area and the least inhabited in terms of population. It is endowed with abundant natural resources (such as coal, copper, and gold) and is the largest supplier of natural gas. Two-thirds of the country’s coastline is also along its southern border. It sits at the intersection of key regional trade routes and corridors and...

    10 Mar 2020 | Nasir Javed, Fizzah Sajjad, Hasaan Khawar, Ijaz Nabi

  • 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

  • Blog post

    Improving teacher accountability in Pakistan’s rural schools

    Pakistan has extremely low learning levels and poor education service delivery is a driving factor. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has expressed a strong desire for evidence on how to design evaluation and oversight systems for the education sector, with the goal of improving learning. Accordingly, we conducted an International Growth Centre (IGC) supported study...

    3 Feb 2020 | Saher Asad, Masooma Habib, Naureen Karachiwalla, Katrina Kosec, Clare Leaver, Attique Ur Rehman

  • 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

    Preference parameters and public sector contracts: A field study with polio vaccinators in Pakistan

    Workers' time preferences can be measured using their intertemporal allocations of real work tasks and then used to individually customise incentive contracts. In a previous study, we worked with polio vaccinators in Lahore who travelled door-to-door to deliver polio vaccine. The intervention led both to better polio vaccine coverage and provided proof-of-concept that...

    1 Feb 2020 | Michael Callen, Yasir Khan, Karrar Hussain, Charles Sprenger

  • Event

    Financing inclusive and sustainable development in Pakistani cities

    Mahbub Ul Haq Research Center at LUMS and IGC Pakistan and are jointly hosting a talk that will explore the potential of a ‘beneficial property tax’ as a new reform to build inclusive cities. The event will inaugurate the Mahbub Ul Haq Reform Dialogues that are meant to engage audiences on key policy issues through an interactive debate. This talk will discuss the...

    31 January 2020

  • Blog post

    Mobilising local leaders to rebuild the social compact

    The social compact between citizen and state, whereby a citizen pays taxes and receives public goods and services, is a critical link in political accountability and the development process. This link is especially salient in the context of local governments and a significant metric on which they are judged. In many developing countries, however, this link is broken. In...

    17 Jan 2020 | Asim Khwaja, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Enhancing industrial growth and productivity in Pakistan

    This documentary follows the IGC's work with the Government of Punjab on increasing the province's industrial base and developing policies to encourage growth in areas such as the garment sector.

    13 Jan 2020

  • Event

    Firms and growth seminar

    State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), IGC Pakistan and the Pakistan Business Council (PBC) are jointly hosting a day-long seminar on firms and their potential for growth with support from the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). The seminar will support engagement with the key stakeholders by bringing together senior policymakers from the Federal Government and...

    13 January 2020

  • Project

    Firm growth and information frictions in the market for skills

    This study is motivated by two major challenges confronting low-income countries: Rising unemployment and underemployment, and low productivity and growth in firms. An important reason for this is information frictions in the labour market that affect both firms and work-seekers. On the demand side, firms may have limited information about the skills of workers when they...

    16 Dec 2019 | Erica Field