Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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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

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    Networks-based allocation of jobs across civil servants and incentives for public service delivery: Empirical evidence from Punjab, Pakistan

    This research aims to investigate the incentive structure for public sector employees. The main question that this study attempts to answer is whether public sector workers with a greater number of, or more central, network connections end up with superior outcomes in terms of more desirable job allocations. This research then aims to investigate whether network based...

    2 Sep 2015 | Shan Aman Rana

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    Understanding the efficiency effects of a credit bureau: A cluster randomised controlled trial

    Over the past 50 years microfinance institutions (MFIs) have worked on a model to provide credit without the usual infrastructure required by traditional banks. Increasingly, however, MFIs are looking for new ways of doing business, and as their scale and income increases, they are able to incorporate some of the features of modern banking, for example the use of a credit...

    28 Aug 2015 | Aban Haq, Gharad Bryan, Jonathan de Quidt, Greg Fischer

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    Electricity and rural development: Insights from a natural experiment in Punjab, Pakistan

    Pakistan has suffered extreme electricity shortages for almost a decade. The electricity crisis in Pakistan is regularly cited as one of the country’s most binding constraints on economic output and growth. Most estimates operate with an annual loss in growth of approximately two per cent caused by the crisis. Industrial output and exports have suffered badly and domestic...

    23 Jul 2015 | Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen, Mahvish Shami, Hadia Majid

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    Estimating the impacts of affirmative action policies in public service hiring in Pakistan: A regression discontinuity approach

    This project examines the impact of affirmative action in public service hiring in Pakistan. Governments adopt affirmative action policies to help disadvantaged communities achieve development in line with other groups in society. However, these policies are often criticized because of efficiency losses that occur when a merit-based rule for resource allocation is...

    29 May 2015 | Cyrus Samii, Saad Gulzar, Syeda Shahbano Ijaz