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  • 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

  • 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

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Energy reforms in Pakistan

    This video focuses on two areas that the IGC has worked on with the Government of Pakistan to reform energy policy. The first looks at reducing air pollution with ZigZag Kiln technology and the second looks at ways to increase energy supplies.

    2 Dec 2019

  • Project

    Leveraging informal institutions to raise land formalisation

    There are large swathes of land in urban Africa that are allocated low values of built capital, remain unplanned, and are settled under limited property rights. Since the 1999 Land Act, the government in Tanzania is working towards universally titled urban land. Despite this, uptake of titles remains low in many urban areas. As argued in the literature, aside from moral...

    2 Dec 2019 | Tanner Regan, Martina Manara

  • Project

    Mission driven intrinsic motivation and performance of public workers in Pakistan

    Public workers in many developing countries shirk at their job and do not exert socially optimal effort. While linking financial incentives to objectively measured performance is one way to improve public services, it is not always feasible for resource-constrained countries to provide significant financial bonuses. Instead, using the intrinsic motivations of workers could...

    2 Dec 2019 | Yasir Khan