Highlights of recent IFPRI food policy research in Pakistan

In the wake of the food crises of the early 1970s and the resulting World Food Conference of 1974, a group of innovators realized that food security depended on more than just making yield-enhancing technologies available to farmers. These pioneers discovered that it was also essential to ensure that public policies and investments provided the enabling environment for a >> Read more

Optimal Groundwater Management in Pakistan’s Indus Water Basin

PSSP Working Paper 034 "Optimal Groundwater Management in Pakistan’s Indus Water Basin" examines the long-run trends of groundwater depletion in Pakistan’s Indus Water Basin under common-pool resource management—the status quo—and under optimal management.  The study develops a dynamic optimization problem to illustrate long-run steady states of groundwater pumping under different management, hydrologic, economic, and tenure >> Read more

Experimental Evidence on Public Good Behavior across Pakistan’s Fractured Educational System

PSSP Working Paper 033 "Experimental Evidence on Public Good Behavior across Pakistan’s Fractured Educational System" adopts identity as a central concept to demonstrate how institutional and  economic environments forge identities and behavior, arguing that, own identity, but also the identity of the individuals we interact with shapes behavior. Exploiting the design of a public goods >> Read more

Poverty alleviation linked with agri sector growth

This article was originally published on Pakissan website.   Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said on Tuesday that agriculture sector, the lifeline of Pakistan’s economy that employs nearly half of the work force, is ingrained with inherent constraints making it less productive. Unfortunately the sector has been neglected for long, >> Read more

The Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) 31st Annual General Meeting and Conference

This event information is cross posted from IFPRI website. The Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) 31st Annual General Meeting and Conference Vision 2025: Effective Strategies for Transformational Growth DEC 17, 2015 - 09:00 AM UTC TO DEC 19, 2015 - 05:00 PM UTC The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of >> Read more

A Disaggregated Analysis of Productivity and Growth for Pakistan’s Large Scale Manufacturing Sector

PSSP Working Paper 032, “A Disaggregated Analysis of Productivity and Growth for Pakistan’s Large Scale Manufacturing Sector”, computes Total Factor Productivity (TFP) growth for Pakistan’s large scale manufacturing (LSM) sector for each five year period from 1970-71 to 2005-06. It covers LSM activity according to the 2 digit Pakistan Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC) 2007. The >> Read more

Technological Opportunity, Regulatory Uncertainty, and Bt Cotton in Pakistan

Genetically modified, insect-resistant Bt cotton has been adopted extensively across Pakistan’s cotton-growing regions during the past decade, and prior studies have linked Bt cotton adoption to both reductions in on-farm production costs and increases in cotton yields. However, studies also suggest that there is much confusion in the market for Bt cotton seed, stemming largely >> Read more

The Effects of Political Competition on Rural Land: Evidence from Pakistan

Can more vigorous political competition significantly raise rural land values, or contribute to more robust land rental markets? Exploiting exogenous variation in the national popularity of Pakistan’s political parties during the 2008 elections, IFPRI discussion paper "The Effects of Political Competition on Rural Land: Evidence from Pakistan" shows that provincial assembly constituencies with greater competition between political parties had >> Read more

The Fifth Research Competitive Grants Conference

The Competitive Grants Program of the Pakistan Strategy Support Program recently held the Fifth Research Competitive Grants Conference in two parts, with the first part being held in Islamabad, May 16-17, and the second part in Lahore, May 21-22. The third round of the CGP grants were awarded in June 2014. At the conference, 35 >> Read more

Pakistan’s Potential Trade and ‘Behind the Border’ Constraints

PSSP Working Paper 031, “Pakistan’s Potential Trade and ‘Behind the Border’ Constraints”, empirically investigates the existence of institutional, socio-economic, and political constraints to Pakistani exports through a cross-sectional analysis employing a trade Stochastic Frontier Gravity Model. Aggregate data for 2006-08 and 2009-11 shows lower exports in the latter period. This is attributed to demand-suppressing effects >> Read more