Second Research Competitive Grants Conference

Friday, February 8, 2013 | Saturday, February 9, 2013 | Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Presentations of New Short-Listed Proposals
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Proposals I:  Improved Governance
Chairperson: Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Pakistan

  • Bureaucrat Time Use, Type and Program Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Monitoring Program in Pakistan
    Dr. Ali Hasanain, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  • Issues in Disaster Relief Supply Chains in Pakistan
    Dr. Hassan Rauf Chaudhry, University of Central Punjab, Lahore
  • Enhancing the Understanding of Corruption through System Dynamics Modeling: A Case Study Analysis
    Dr. Eatzaz Ahmed, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Priming Rural Health Facilities for Optimal Service Delivery
    Dr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Secretary Special Education, Government of Punjab

Proposals II:  Vibrant Markets
Chairperson: Mr. Vinay Chawla, Deputy Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance, Embassy of the United States

  • Determinants of Expansion of Micro and Small Firms and State of Entrepreneurship in Pakistan
    Dr. Idrees Khawaja, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
  • Exploring Determinants of Entrepreneurial Behaviour in Disadvantaged Areas of KPK Pakistan
    Dr. Ali Muhammad, University of Peshawar, Peshawar
  • Understanding Technological & Innovation Capability for Growth Prospects and Sustainability
    Dr. Syed Muhammad Ali, University of Karachi, Karachi

Proposals III:  Vibrant Markets and Improved Governance
Chairperson: Mr. Timo Pakkala, Resident Coordinator, United Nations

  • Corporate Governance Index: A measure of Corporate Governance Practices in Pakistan
    Dr. Aneel Salman, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi Dist. Swabi, KPK
    Presented by Mr, Murtaza Abbas, Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Islamabad
  • An Assessment of Market Discipline and Macro: Financial Policies for Developing a Vibrant Financial System and Bond Market
    Dr. Bushra Naqvi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
    Presented by Mr. Nawazish Mirza and Mr.Syed Kumail Rizvi, Lahore School of Economics, Lahore
  • Channelizing Pakistan Afghanistan Informal Trade into Formal Channels
    Dr. Adil Khan Miankhel, Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development, Islamabad
  • Aid effectiveness in poverty alleviation in a post-conflict and post-disaster setting: a case study of the Malakand region
    Dr. Murad Ali, University of Malakand, Lower Dir

Proposals IV:  International Presentations, Various Topics
Chairperson: Dr. Jose Lopez-Calix, Lead Economist, World Bank

  • Education of Youth and Inter-generational Social Mobility in Rural Punjab
    Mr. Muhammad Arif Naveed, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Bureaucratic Performance and Local Public Service Delivery in Punjab
    Dr. Maryam Tanwir, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Agricultural Markets and Agrarian Change in Pakistani Punjab
    Mr. Muhammad Ali Jan, University of Oxford, UK
  • The Impact of Internet Access on Current and Potential Women Entrepreneurs living in Underprivileged Areas: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan
    Dr. Stephen Smith and Ms. Saher Asad, The George Washington University, USA
  • Water Use in Pakistan’s Agriculture Efficient Water Allocation in Pakistani Agricultural Production
    Dr. Robert Mendelsohn and Mr. Agha Akram, Yale University, USA
  • Remittances and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from the Pakistan Remittance Initiative
    Dr. Javaeria A. Qureshi, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Proposals V:  Vibrant Markets
Chairperson: Dr. Mubarak Ali, Chief Executive, Punjab Agricultural Research Board

  • Fostering Entrepreneurship in Punjab’s Agriculture
    Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Comparative Advantage and Policy Analysis of KPK Agriculture: Implications for Capacity Building, Trade, Food Security, and Poverty Alleviation
    Dr. Noor P. Khan, KPK Agricultural University, Peshawar
  • Role of Milk Collection Contract in Improving Milk Production and Marketing in Irrigated Punjab
    Dr. Muhammad Qasim, Social Sciences Research Institute (PARC), Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad
  • Impact of Mango Leaf Analysis on Quality Fruit Production and Socio: Economics of Growers
    Dr. Muhammad Yaseen, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Analysis of Efficiency and Management of Irrigation Water in Sindh Province
    Dr. Fateh M. Marri, Sindh Agriculture University
  • Formulating Water Policy Based on Rationalization of Water Allocations Using Remote Sensing and GIS Modeling Approach
    Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Masud Cheema, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Proposals VI:  Vibrant Markets
Chairperson: Dr. Safdar Sohail, Director General, Trade Policy, Ministry of Commerce

  • Agriculture Development: Evidence Based Way Forward for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Pakistan
    Mr. Mubarak Ahmed, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Karachi
  • Public Investment Efficiency and Sectoral Economic Growth in Pakistan
    Dr. Qazi Masood Ahmed, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
  • Productivity and Growth: A Disaggregated Analysis of Manufacturing Sector of Pakistan
    Dr. Fauzia Kamal, Applied Economics Research Center, Karachi
  • Global Value Chain, Industrial Clusters and Networks
    Dr. Anjum Fayyaz, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

Proposals VII:  Improved Governance and Creative Cities/Youth
Chairperson: Mr. Mark Franche, Country Director, United Nations Development Program

  • Estimating Indicators of Skill Mismatch: A Survey of Selected Cities of Pakistan
    Dr. Pervez Zamurrad Janjua, International Islamic University, Islamabad
    Presented by Dr. Atiq-ur-Rehamn, International Islamic University, Islamabad
  • Relative Importance of Labor Legislation in Determining Female Labor Force Participation in Pakistan
    Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Planning Commission
  • The Constituent Assemblies of Pakistan (1947-56, and 1971-73): An Institutional Economics Analysis
    Dr. Yaqoob Khan Bangash, Forman Christian College, Lahore
  • Building Green Cities in Pakistan: Developing Green Building Codes for Sustainable Green Cities
    Dr. Nasir Javed and Dr. Kiran Farhan, Urban Unit, Lahore
  • Urban Open Spaces for Adolescent Girls
    Dr. Syed Ayub Qutub, Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR), Islamabad and Dr. Nomana Anjum, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad
  • Establishing Trip Rates and Parking Ratios for Socio-Economic Zones of Karachi Metropolis using an Activity-based Approach for achieving Effective Transportation Planning (ID No. 384)
    Dr. Mir Shabbar Ali, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi


Interim Research Reports from June 2012 CGP Funded Projects

Interim Report Presentations I
Chairperson: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission

  • Estimating the Size and Operations of the Public Sector and its Impact on Wheat Markets in Pakistan: A Post-18th Constitutional Amendment Inquiry
    Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad
  • An Assessment of Skill Gaps Among University Graduates for Employability and Performance in Industries Situated in the Gujrat-Sialkot-Gujranwala Industrial Cluster
    Dr. Atif Ali Jaffri, University of Gujrat, Gujrat
    Presented by Dr.Faisal Mehmood Mirza, University of Gujrat, Gujrat
  • Batkhela (Malakand) Bazar: A Catalyst for Socio-Economic and Political Change
    Dr. Muhammad Ayub Jan, University of Peshawar
  • Agent-Based Modeling Simulations for Solving Pakistan's Urban Challenges
    Dr. Hilton Root, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
    Presented by Mr. Ammar Malik, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Interim Report Presentations II
Chairperson: Dr. Stephen Davies, Program Leader, PSSP

  • Structural Constraints on Public Goods Provision: Evidence from Pakistan
    Dr. Adeel Malik and Mr. Rinchan Ali Mirza, Oxford University, UK
  • Essays on the Political Economic Consequences of Pakistan's Linguistically Fractured Educational System
    Dr. John Willoughby, American University, Washington, DC, USA
    Presented by Ms. Zehra Aftab,American University, Washington, DC, USA
  • An Essay on Consumption Hypotheses
    Mr. Khalid Khan, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Quetta
  • Allocative Inefficiency, Tenure Systems and Poverty in Irrigated Agriculture in Pakistan
    Dr. Ariel Dinar and Mr. Sanval Nasim,University of California-Riverside, USA

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Interim Report Presentations III
Chairperson: Mr. Rafael Sanchez Carmona, Development Advisor, Delegation of the European Union

  • Tax Policy Research to Support a New Framework for Sustained Economic Growth of Pakistan
    Dr. Daniyal Aziz, Governance Institutes Network International, Islamabad
  • Integrating Rural Urban Linkages for Regional Development in the Province of Sind: A Cluster Based Approach
    Dr. Noman Saeed, Applied Economics Research Centre, Karachi
  • Economic Growth and Protection of Life, Property and Contracts
    Dr. Shabib Haider Syed, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore
    Presented by Mr. Luqman Saeed and Zahid Iqbal, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore
  • The Size and Nature of Informal Entrepreneurship in Pakistan and How to Tackle It
    Dr. Muhammad Shehryar Shahid , University of Central Punjab, Lahore

Interim Report Presentations IV
Chairperson: Dr. John Mellor, President, Mellor Associates, Inc.

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses of Antibiotics, Heavy Metals, Mycotoxins, and Pesticides Residues in Milk, Eggs and Meat Meant for Human Consumption
    Dr. Muhammad Younus, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Jhang
  • Economic Analysis of Challenges in Development of High-Value Agriculture: The Case of Livestock Diseases in Punjab
    Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • Maximizing Farm Income and Other Livelihood Opportunities through Introduction of High Value Minor Crops in District Swat
    Dr. Hassan Sher, University of Swat, Swat

Interim Report Presentations V
Chairperson: Dr. Hina Nazli, Research Fellow, PSSP

  • Enhancing Water Productivity by Using Feasible Efficient Irrigation Techniques
    Dr. Allah Bakhsh, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • What Determines Farmers’ Response towards Adopting New Technology in KP?
    Dr. Shahnaz Akhtar, KP Agricultural University, Peshawar
  • DNA Barcoding and Biochemical Profiling of Medicinal Plants of Northern and Desert Areas of Pakistan: Improving Socio-economic Standard of the People of these Regions
    Dr. Amer Jamil, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad