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  • Project

    The impact of incentives and monitoring on the performance of public extension staff

    Last year, the World Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture of Punjab, Pakistan worked together to provide to all field workers smartphones equipped with a monitoring system called Agri-Smart. We are now working jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Punjab, Pakistan, to introduce and evaluate performance-based incentives using the Agri-Smart system,...

    6 Dec 2017 | Ghazala Mansuri, Garance Genicot, Zahra Mansoor, Milan Thomas, Maria Qazi

  • Project

    Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan: The role of women's goals and aspirations

    Evidence on the impact of microfinance loans on business outcomes shows moderately positive, but not transformational effects especially for women.  This is true even when access to finance is coupled with business training, suggesting that factors other than credit and knowledge constraints reduce women’s ability to start or grow a business. Recent studies have...

    30 Nov 2017 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Diego Ubfal

  • Blog post

    Overcoming barriers to women’s mobility in Pakistan

    Expanding transport networks, scheduling services, providing reliable transport in peri-urban areas, improving the design of women’s-only services, educating drivers and conductors on sexual harassment, and improving public safety improve mobility. Social norms against women coming into close contact with unrelated men, and the discomfort, social stigma, and fear of...

    17 Nov 2017 | Fizzah Sajjad, Katherine Vyborny, Ghulam Abbas Anjum, Erica Field

  • Blog post

    Forced devaluation of rupee: a recipe for disaster

    There is broad agreement that the rupee is overvalued, with estimates of overvaluation ranging from 20-40 per cent. There are, however, two opposing views on how to deal with the problem: One, devaluation and two, administrative measures, i.e., export subsidies and regulatory duties on imports. The argument of the anti-devaluation group is that devaluation has never...

    10 Nov 2017 | Naved Hamid, Azka Sarosh Mir

  • Project

    Engagement with Punjab under CPEC: A proposed framework for agriculture

    Within the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) there are several opportunities for Pakistan to increase its agricultural exports to China. Researchers assessed the scope of agricultural cooperation within CPEC between China and Pakistan and the current obstacles to Pakistan maximising its agricultural exports to China. Researchers found that better tariff...

    6 Nov 2017 | Hasaan Khawar, Mushtaq A. Khan, Nazish Afraz

  • Project

    Management in Pakistan: Evidence from Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Paktunkhawa provinces

    The vast inequality in performance between establishments within countries as well as differences across countries have been thoroughly documented in the past decades. An emerging literature finds that large variations in management practices are strongly associated with differences in performance across firms and countries and suggests that this relationship may be...

    3 Nov 2017 | Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen

  • Case Study: Firms

    Knowledge is power: The role of information in agricultural technology adoption

    Our research has examined the constraints & opportunities in encouraging the adoption of agricultural technologies, which could increase crop yields and raise living standards.

    20 Oct 2017

  • Blog post

    The macroeconomic benefits of increasing tax enforcement in Pakistan

    In Pakistan, increased tax enforcement may be a more effective way to raise revenues than increased tax rates, given the large share of informal employment. This could in turn increase GDP due to increased government investment capacity. Goods and taxes Like most developing countries, Pakistan has a comprehensive set of statutory taxes that firms are required to pay on a...

    20 Oct 2017 | David Lagakos, Ethan Ilzetzki

  • Publication - Project Report

    Improving political communication: Results of a pilot field experiment in Pakistan

    19 Oct 2017 | Miriam Golden, Saad Gulzar, Luke Sonnet

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Gender equity in transport planning: Improving women’s access to public transport in Pakistan

    18 Oct 2017 | Fizzah Sajjad, Ghulam Abbas Anjum, Erica Field, Katherine Vyborny