Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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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

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    Access to solar electricity in rural Pakistan: impacts and sustainability

    Almost 70 million people in Pakistan (35% of the population) do not have access to electricity, as they live in mostly rural areas not reached by the grid. Over 75 million (38%) on the grid receive low quality energy and experience outages for more than 12 hours per day. In spite of the significant benefits of access to electricity, the long-run feasibility of grid...

    19 Oct 2016 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Massimo Tavoni

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    The nexus between imports and exports product scope: Firm-level evidence from Pakistan

    This study investigates the linkages between import tariff liberation and the growth of exports in Pakistan. It will generate a descriptive and empirical evidence about the trade effect of previous tariffs cuts and also inform policymakers about the unexploited export potential that can be materialized by slashing these tariffs further.

    19 Oct 2016 | Salamat Ali, Mohammad A. Razzaque

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    Punjab Small Industries Corporation rural enterprise study

    Small scale industry in the southern Punjab could be a driver of economic growth in the region. However, policy aimed at removing growth constraints on small and cottage industries, especially those in rural areas, has been low priority. This study identified sectors among small and cottage industries with high growth potential, as policy and reform should focus on...

    25 Aug 2016 | Syed Turab Hussain, Usman Khan, Syed Hasan

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    The design of anti-poverty transfers to the ultra-poor: Asset transfers or cash transfers?

    A major challenge faced by government in low-income countries is how to reduce poverty in a sustainable way. Recent evidence suggests that the “Targeting the Ultrapoor” (TUP) program pioneered by BRAC in Bangladesh has proven very effective and portable across diverse low-income settings. As a consequence, up to 30 governments were piloting variants of TUP by the end...

    22 Aug 2016 | Imran Rasul, Orazio Attanasio, Oriana Bandiera

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    Microequity for microenterprises in Pakistan

    Traditional market based investments in microentrepreneurs are largely structured and financed through debt, or small loans. Microentrepreneurs rely heavily on micro-loans with short repayment windows. This means that profits generated are often quickly dispatched into repaying outstanding loans, rather than reinvested into growing a business. Relying exclusively on...

    6 Jul 2016 | Simon Quinn, Muhammad Meki

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    Impact of leadership and negotiation training on politician performance

    Elected local governments are the first point of contact between the citizen and the state. Their performance matters for effective service delivery, rule of law and trust of citizen in the state. However constraints in terms of soft skills may hinder their performance. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, a new layer of governance in the form of village councils has been...

    14 Jun 2016 | Saad Gulzar, Yasir Khan