Showing all content in Pakistan

  • Publication - Project Report

    Peshawar’s historic walled city: Firms, mobility, and public services

    17 Apr 2019 | James Witte, Ammar A Malik, Zahoor Ul Haq, Javed Iqbal

  • 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

  • Blog post

    Understanding Third Tier Organisations (TTOs) in Pakistan and their role in filling public delivery gaps at the community level

    Research into Third Tier Organisations in Pakistan highlights the important work they carry out in spite of a lack of significant government funding. Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a not-for-profit, along with its partner organizations has been working on social mobilization and development of voluntary organizations at community level across Pakistan. A...

    1 Apr 2019 | Sharmin Arif, Hina Shaikh

  • Blog post

    Public finance to improve outcomes

    Pakistan continues to face significant social and economic challenges. Provision of basic services such as health and education falls short of international standards, while women and the poor are often wholly excluded from accessing these services. At a time when the government is under pressure to demonstrate fiscal restraint, a strong public financial management system...

    15 Mar 2019 | Hina Shaikh

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    Data: Property Tax Experiment in Punjab, Pakistan: Testing the role of wages, incentives and audit on tax inspectors’ behaviour

    Performance pay for tax collectors has the potential to raise revenues, but might come at a cost if taxpayers face undue pressure from collectors. We report the first large-scale field experiment on these issues, where we experimentally allocated 482 property tax units in Punjab, Pakistan into one of three performance-pay schemes or a control. After two years, incentivized...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Tournaments for Postings: Using Transfers and Postings as an Incentive for Property Tax Inspectors in Pakistan

    Bureaucracies often post staff to better or worse locations, ostensibly to provide incentives. Yet we know little about whether this works, with heterogeneity in preferences over postings impacting effectiveness. We propose a performance-ranked serial dictatorship mechanism, whereby bureaucrats sequentially choose desired locations in order of performance. We evaluate this...

    27 Feb 2019

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    Data: Political Violence in Pakistan: Understanding Subnational Patterns

    Political violence has long been endemic in Pakistan, but the scale, scope, and geographic distribution of the problem has not been systematically studied. On the policy side, decision makers lack credible quantitative data with which to weigh the relative costs of politically-motivated violence against the many other challenges facing Pakistan. On the academic side,...

    27 Feb 2019

  • Case Study: Firms

    Increasing women’s participation in the workforce

    Our research indicates that access to education, finance, and transportation can help increase women's independence and participation in the labour force.

    27 Feb 2019

  • Blog post

    Management in Pakistan: Performance and conflict

    Research on Pakistan offers a fascinating insight into the impact of terrorist events on the deterioration of managerial practices.  The causes and consequences of the vast dispersion in productivity within and across countries has been the subject of research for decades. Recently, researchers have woken up to the important role of management practices in firms to...

    6 Feb 2019 | Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Management in Pakistan: Performance and conflict

    7 Jan 2019 | Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen