Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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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

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    Marriage institutions and human capital investments: Experimental evidence from Pakistan

    Gender bias against girls is pervasive in South Asia. For instance, The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are “missing” in the sense that they would be alive in a world without gender discrimination. The vast majority of these “missing” girls are from Asia.  Even after they are born, girls continue to face significant discrimination -- they are...

    4 Sep 2015 | Aprajit Mahajan, Leonardo Bursztyn, Manisha Shah

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    Public transport and urban labour market integration: A randomised control trial

    A well-integrated citywide public transport network contributes to economic growth by reducing transport costs and travel time, facilitating specialisation of firms and workers, and decreasing the cost of economic transactions.  Yet, despite increasing urbanisation, most of Pakistan’s cities suffer from a poorly connected public transport network. In Lahore,...

    4 Sep 2015 | Erica Field, Katherine Vyborny

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    Pressures from peers and spouses and self-control problems as constraints to microenterprise growth: Experimental evidence from Pakistan

    In developing countries, microfinance has been shown to be of limited effectiveness in helping small enterprises grow. This is especially the case when these enterprises are female-owned. This project collected experimental and field data from the Punjab region of Pakistan to explore how exactly female-owned micro-enterprise growth tends to be constrained, as well as...

    4 Sep 2015 | Uzma Afzal, Giovanna D'Adda, Marcel Fafchamps

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    Analysis of the government bond market and monetary policy

    At certain points of time, the yield curve shapes, representing a time-varying relationship of the interest rate and maturity, and their slopes are of great significance for various economic and financial decisions. The term structure model that integrates macroeconomic and stock market factors in the state-space framework is used to evaluate the policy shocks...

    4 Sep 2015 | Mohammed Nishat, Wali Ullah

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    Inclusion and equity in growth programmes: The IDPs of Swat and Waziristan

    This project identifies the specific economic constraints that prevent internally displaced persons (IDPs) from participating in productive economic activity. It suggests ways in which IDPs can be included in the growth-oriented policies being formulated by the GOP and the provincial government of KP for Waziristan and Swat. Heretofore, IDPs have been excluded from...

    4 Sep 2015 | Kiren Chaudhry

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    Coordinating farmers with cellphones: Technology innovation in livestock extension in Pakistan

    Summary Livestock agriculture accounts for twelve percent of GDP in Pakistan, and is a key growth sector for the rural poor, as in much of South Asia. However, the market for livestock faces many of the same imperfections in developing countries as do land or crop markets. We implemented in partnership with the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Department a data-driven, state...

    4 Sep 2015 | Syed Ali Hasanain, Arman Rezaee, Yasir Khan