Channelizing Afghanistan to Pakistan informal trade into formal channels

PSSP working paper 041, Channelizing Afghanistan to Pakistan Informal Trade into Formal Channels, focuses on assessing the possibility of bringing informal trade from Afghanistan to Pakistan into the legal channels by reducing tariff and tax differentials between Pakistan and Afghanistan. A basic model and illustrative example are presented that encompass the monetary incentives of smugglers >> Read more

Pakistan’s fertilizer sector: Structure, policies, performance, and impacts

The fertilizer industry in Pakistan, with US$3.74 billion per year in sales, now stands at a crossroads where, after an initial substantial contribution in boosting crop productivity, its future potential is being challenged. Fertilizer-responsive crop varieties, supplementary irrigation water, and a favorable policy environment in Pakistan have induced fast growth in fertilizer demand. On the >> Read more

Potential of market discipline in Pakistan: The bank depositors’ perspective

PSSP Working Paper 40 "Potential of market discipline in Pakistan: The bank depositors’ perspective" aims to ascertain whether Pakistan’s financial system is conducive to market discipline. We measure the potential of depositors to induce market discipline in the commercial banking sector. A comprehensive survey of over six thousand respondents was used to gauge their propensity >> Read more

Pakistan’s changing demography: Urbanization and peri-urban transformation over time

PSSP Working Paper 39 "Pakistan’s changing demography: Urbanization and peri-urban transformation over time" uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to evaluate improvements in transportation infrastructure and related urbanization over the last 40 years in Pakistan. In addition, we suggest a definition to measure peri-urban population using the agglomeration index methodology developed by Uchida and Nelson (2008). In >> Read more

Varietal integrity, damage abatement, and productivity: Evidence from the cultivation of Bt cotton in Pakistan

Bt cotton remains one of the most widely grown biotech crops among smallholder farmers. Numerous studies, including those previously conducted in Pakistan, attest to its yield and cost advantages. However, the effectiveness of Bt toxin, which depends on many technical constraints, is heterogeneous. Furthermore, in Pakistan, the diffusion of Bt cotton varieties occurred despite a >> Read more

Determinants of Entrepreneurial Behaviour in FATA Pakistan

PSSP working paper 038, “Determinants of Entrepreneurial Behaviour in FATA Pakistan”, investigates determinants of entrepreneurial behaviour in one of the most impoverished areas of Pakistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Unlike the developed world, the scenario in emerging economies is quite different, where entrepreneurs have to rely primarily on socio-cultural factors that facilitate them >> Read more

Assessment of Water Allocations using Remote Sensing and GIS Modeling for Indus Basin, Pakistan

PSSP working paper 036, “Assessment of Water Allocations using Remote Sensing and GIS Modeling for Indus Basin, Pakistan”, uses satellite imagery to estimate crop water use and corresponding water productivity for each canal command area of the Indus Basin Irrigation System. Three years were selected for the study and two representative canal commands (Lower Chenab >> Read more

DNA Barcoding and Biochemical Profiling of Medical Plants of Northern and Desert Areas of Pakistan to Improve Rural Living Standards

PSSP working paper 037, “DNA Barcoding and Biochemical Profiling of Medical Plants of Northern and Desert Areas of Pakistan to Improve Rural Living Standards”, focuses on the conservation of natural plant resources by using modern molecular techniques and creating awareness for determining the active ingredients of medicinal plants through biochemical profiling. Further objectives of the >> Read more

The Pakistan remittance initiative and remittance flows to Pakistan

PSSP working paper 035 ‘The Pakistan Remittance In-itiative and Remittance Flows to Pakistan’ investigates the impact of the Pakistan Remittance Initiative (PRI) on remittance flows to Pakistan. In 2009, the Government of Pakistan launched the PRI aimed at facilitating the flow of remittances sent home by non-resident Pakistanis. The PRI is comprised of multiple incentive >> Read more

Release of Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey (RHPS) 2012 Dataset

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) made public the dataset of Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey 2012.  This data will be available for researchers to use by accessing the following link:  http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/28558 Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey (RHPS) is the 1st round of the Rural Household Panel Survey, which aims to provide quantita-tive basis >> Read more