Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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    Peshawar inner-city economic census pilot

    Due to the lack of neighborhood level economic data, policymakers in many cities plan and execute the provision of public services without taking local economic realities into full consideration. Public transit planning in such environments for instance is not based on areas of economic activity, or on the structure of local labour markets, but rather on engineering or...

    24 May 2017 | James Witte, Ammar A Malik, Zahoor Ul Haq

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    Engagement with Punjab under CPEC: A proposed framework for industry

    The primary objective of this project is to support the Government of Punjab in devising a strategy to maximise the positive impact of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the industrial sector in Punjab. Since, the demand for it has come directly from the Secretary of the Punjab Industries, Commerce & Investment Department, it will ensure the necessary ownership...

    24 May 2017 | Hasaan Khawar, Nazish Afraz, Ijaz Nabi, Usman Naeem

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    Establishing responsive linkages between politicians and voters in Pakistan

    This project provides politicians in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province useful tools to gather actionable information about voter preferences over public goods and, reciprocally, provides voters high-value information about upcoming policy decisions. Elections are blunt instruments for ensuring responsiveness by public officials to voter preferences. At best,...

    16 Mar 2017 | Miriam Golden, Luke Sonnet, Saad Gulzar

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    Management in Pakistan

    The Management and Organizational Practices Survey (MOPS) approach was pioneered in the US across 35,000 establishments. The latest initiative took place in the largest province of Pakistan, where management practices were successfully measured in 2,000 firms and mapped to performance indicators from the census of manufacturing. This exercise has been a first step towards...

    17 Feb 2017 | Ali Choudhary, Renata Lemos, John Van Reenen

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    Supporting procurement reforms in Punjab

    Public procurement systems are essential in facilitating government investments in infrastructure, health, education, and other public services. In developing countries, high rates of corruption and leakage may lower the efficiency of government procurement, potentially reducing the value generated by money spent. Following on from a previous IGC-funded project...

    26 Jan 2017 | Oriana Bandiera, Andrea Prat, Michael Best

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    Mechanisms for increasing the accountability of teachers and schools in rural Pakistan to improve learning outcomes

    Pakistan has extremely low learning levels and poor education service delivery is a driving factor. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) 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. The government has two evaluation and oversight systems that should, in...

    9 Jan 2017 | Masooma Habib, Naureen Karachiwalla, Saher Asad, Katrina Kosec, Clare Leaver

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    Robust quarterization of GDP and determination of business cycles for IGC partner countries

    Tracking of business cycle (BC) turning points at high data dissemination frequency (e.g. quarterly) is important for ex-ante policy implementation and ex-post analysis of the economy. The magnitude, direction and dating of the turning points in a business cycle contains valuable information for policy makers and economic researchers alike. It is well established in...

    14 Dec 2016 | Jameel Ahmed, Waqas Ahmed, Abdullah Tahir

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    Driving usage of mobile money in Pakistan

    More than a 100 million Pakistanis don’t have access to formal and regulated financial services (World Bank), accounting for 5 percent of the world's unbanked population, making branchless banking a viable and promising alternative. With more than 20 million customers every month and 75,000 shops in more than 800 cities across Pakistan, Easypaisa is the first and largest...

    24 Nov 2016 | Greg Fischer, Joshua Blumenstock, Adnan Khan

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    Rebuilding the social compact: Urban service delivery and property taxes in Pakistan

    A significant challenge to the provision of local public services in developing economies is the inability to raise adequate resources, especially through local taxation. In many countries the social compact, whereby citizens agree to pay taxes to fund government services that are credibly and transparently delivered, is broken. This study investigates whether strengthening...

    19 Oct 2016 | Asim Khwaja, Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan

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    Taxation, misallocation and development

    Why are there so few large, productive firms in the developing world? To what extent is weak fiscal capacity a constraint on firm productivity and economic growth? This project seeks to answer these questions using a mix of new micro evidence and quantitative theory.

    19 Oct 2016 | David Lagakos, Ethan Ilzetzki