Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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    Export concentration and diversification: Does the choice of trading partners matter?  

    Exports of most developing economics including Pakistan are highly concentrated in a few industrial sectors and a few destination markets. This lack of diversification of products and markets is one of the barriers that impedes growth and creates multiple macro-economic challenges. If exports are not diversified, any shock affecting the destination markets is directly...

    25 Feb 2016 | Salamat Ali, Shafqat Ali Khan Niazi

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    Decentralised electric power delivery model for rural electrification in Pakistan

    This project sought to model a scalable solar microgrid system that could serve the households and communities of the 55 million people in Pakistan without reliable access to electricity. Researchers found that microgrids could provide a feasible alternative to grid electrification in rural Pakistan, and could provide electricity beyond basic needs like light and...

    25 Feb 2016 | Hassan Abbas Khan, Husnain Fateh Ahmad, Nauman Ahmad Zaffar

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    Pakistan's international trade: The potential for expansion towards east and west

    Liberalisation of Pakistan’s overland trade to both the east and west offers an important opportunity for economic growth. This project sought to identify the barriers to Pakistan’s east-west trade and to explore the potential of their reduction for trade expansion. We found that undeveloped overland trade routes with China and policy-induced restrictions on...

    9 Feb 2016 | Ehsan U. Choudhri, Ijaz Nabi, Antonio Marasco

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    The changing nature of low income settlements in the larger Karachi context

    The Humanities and Social Sciences conference, “Urbanism, Exclusion and Change in South Asia”, which will be held at LUMS between March 4-6, 2016, aims to explore more closely the lived experience of urbanism in South Asia and its diaspora. This conference approaches the city as a site of multiple contestations and contradictions and aims to highlight struggles over...

    9 Feb 2016 | Arif Hasan

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    Barriers and drivers of adoption of innovative energy solutions in Pakistan

    The purpose of this study is to help a team of international researchers (lead by Dr. Jacopo Bonan undertake research in Energy in Pakistan, by visiting Pakistan and preparing a competitive research proposal. The proposed research aims to evaluate the impact of innovative efforts to improve access to, conservation of and efficiency in the use of energy among individuals...

    2 Feb 2016 | Massimo Tavoni, Giovanna D'Adda, Jacopo Bonan

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    Development of an electronic database of industrial and commercial activity and a spatial analysis of small and cottage industries in Punjab, Pakistan

    Analysis of the spatial distribution of economic activity has significant importance for policy analysis in a country. In the case of the state of Punjab in Pakistan, the relevant statistics are only available in the manufacturing sector and these do not provide any sector specific details for the districts. Recognising the gap in access to such vital statistics, this...

    16 Dec 2015 | Naved Hamid, Syed Hasan, Ijaz Nabi, Usman Naeem

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    Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR): Summary for proposed activities, November 2015– October 2016

    CDPR is a non-profit association of independent researchers/policy advisors based in Pakistan. It aims to consolidate resources for informed debate on key policy issues. Its participating organizations include the Center for Economic Research Pakistan (CERP) and the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS). The Pakistan office of the IGC is a sponsor of...

    16 Dec 2015 | Naved Hamid, Ijaz Nabi, Muhammad Farooq Naseer

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    Impact assessment of start-up loans to female-run microenterprises

    Microcredit has been proposed as a way to increase women’s business ownership. We measured the impact of access to finance on new women-run enterprise, household welfare and female empowerment. The impact of access to finance on business creation is significant but short-lived. Other constraints may prevent women from setting up businesses. The start-up loans...

    18 Nov 2015 | Azam Chaudhry, Naved Hamid, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said

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    Tournaments for postings: Using transfers and postings as an incentive for property tax inspectors in Pakistan

    This randomised control trial examined the impact of incentivising tax collectors in Punjab through job transfers and postings. Offering tax collectors a desirable non-monetary incentive – a merit-based opportunity to be transferred to a better location through a tournament – substantially raised tax revenues. For the treatment group in Year 1, the growth...

    5 Oct 2015 | Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

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    Do political dynasties hinder development?

    Political dynasties are a prevalent form of transmission of political power in many democracies. This paper examines the incentives of dynastic politicians to engage in local development in the aftermath of natural disasters. Using a flooding disaster that affected Pakistan in 2010, data from national assembly elections, and spending on development programmes by...

    18 Sep 2015 | Ayesha Ali