Showing all Projects in Pakistan

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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

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    Monetary policy effectiveness in inflation control and stabilisation

    Stable macroeconomic conditions are a major prerequisite for sustainable economic growth The State Bank of Pakistan is concerned that analyses using Vector Auto Regression model suggest inflation and output do not respond to monetary shocks Researchers are working closely with the monetary policy and research departments at the State Bank of Pakistan to...

    24 Apr 2015 | Hamza Malik, Ehsan U. Choudhri, Asad Jan

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    Analysing Punjab data to support policymaking for public health and sanitation

    Access to drinking water and sanitation directly impacts public health outcomes There has been much data collection but little has been usable for policy analysis IGC researchers conducted a rigorous data analysis based on the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) and the Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) The Government of Punjab has...

    17 Apr 2015 | Jeffrey Hammer, Uzma Afzal

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    How do trade costs impact trade composition of the export-oriented firms in Pakistan?

    Developed economies have a large manufacturing base, a wide set of exported products, and high survival rate of their exporting firms. One of the main reasons for their exceptional export performance is that these economies have drastically reduced the costs of conducting international business. In developing world, by contrast, the higher trade costs induced by multiple...

    13 Feb 2015 | Salamat Ali

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    Phase II – Research on garments industry in Pakistan

    The textile industry is central to Pakistan’s economy, and ready-made garments manufacturing has the potential to contribute significantly to the country’s objective of creating modern, well-paid jobs, and improving the trade balance. Phase II of this project is a result of strong stakeholder demand following the findings of Phase I. We found that there has...

    19 Jan 2015 | Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid

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    Water pricing to promote equity, efficiency and sustainability in the growing city of Faisalabad

    The proposed project aims at investigating the water pricing strategies that can help in improving the allocative efficiency, achieving equity and sustainability. This research will build on existing literature on water pricing to analyze residential water demand in Faisalabad by taking into consideration the prevailing pricing structure (both public and private) and water...

    19 Jan 2015 | Saleem Ali, Usman Mirza, Shabbir Ahmad

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    Time-inconsistency, liquidity, and the demand for commitment savings products

    Low savings rates among small businesses are thought to inhibit growth in developing countries. Self-control issues have been proposed as a primary reason for these low savings rates. We examined the role of self-control issues (“present-bias”) as a potential driver of financial decision-making and demand for commitment savings products amongst female...

    19 Jan 2015 | Simon Quinn, Rachel Cassidy