Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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    Women’s experiences of agency and mobility in the megacity of Karachi and their labour force participation

    Economic growth in South Asia is associated with employment, and improved job quality in particular. However, employment rates in South Asia overtime have remained stubborn and below those in other regions, largely attributed to persistently low female employment and participation rates (Nayar et al. 2012). Female youth labour force participation (LFP) rates in South Asia...

    30 Apr 2019 | Asad Sayeed, Natasha Ansari

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    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

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    The institutional and urban design of Gwadar City

    This study on Gwadar City explores the optimal administrative structure and policy initiatives feeding into its urban design, that can help spur economic growth in the region, along the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The study will carry out a review of success and failure of new economic cities and special economic zones (SEZs) around the world, supplemented by...

    17 Sep 2018 | Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar, Komal Shakeel, Liou Xie

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    Investigating the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficient brick kilns

    Conventional brick kilns—Bull’s Trench Kiln (BTK)—in Pakistan’s Punjab province are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful particulates which exacerbate climate change and deteriorate ambient air quality. Targeting emissions from brick kilns provides an avenue for Punjab’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to bring the provincial...

    17 Sep 2018 | Faiza Sharif, Sanval Nasim, Ijaz Nabi

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    Support to the Consortium for Development Policy Research for policy dissemination for 2016-17

    Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) is a non-profit association of the IGC, CERP and IDEAS. The research conducted by these three organisations is collated and then disseminated by CDPR. The evidence-based research undertaken by the above-mentioned bodies is used to inform policy debate in Pakistan, particularly by engaging the policymakers, media and...

    6 Dec 2017 | Ijaz Nabi, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Naved Hamid

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Collaboration on data analysis and field studies to strengthen BISP policy design, improve take-up, and build capacity on data analytics

    Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is one of the largest cash transfer programs in the world. It targets social protection, poverty reduction and economic growth by delivering unconditional cash transfers, conditional cash transfers, human capital development and income generation programs. It is thus central to the IGC thematic and Pakistan country programme agendas...

    12 Oct 2017 | Benjamin Olken, Rema Hanna, Adnan Khan