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Reforming electricity subsidies in Pakistan : measures to protect the poor (English)

As part of its energy sector reforms, the Government of Pakistan plans to reduce spending on electricity subsidies to 0.3-0.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by mid-2016. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 93762 JUN 06, 2014

Walker, Thomas; Sahin, Sebnem; Saqib, Mohammad; Mayer, Kristy Disclosed

Pakistan poverty trends, scenarios and drivers (English)

This policy paper examines recent poverty trends in Pakistan. Official statistics continue to indicate strong poverty reduction through 2010-11, thanks in large part to policies and investments that boosted productivity in the non-agricultural sector. ... See More +

Working Paper 91701 JUN 05, 2014

Lopez-Calix, Jose; Mejia, Carolina; Newhouse, David; Sobrado, Carlos Disclosed

Study on tax expenditures in Pakistan (English)

The problems of high fiscal deficit, high current account deficit, and high inflation faced by the government of Pakistan are linked to Pakistan's weak tax revenue effort. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 87103 JAN 01, 2014

Ahmed, Ather Maqsood; Ather, Robina Disclosed

Pakistan : path to rapid growth and job creation (English)

Pakistan's rebound from the global financial crisis has been slow and fragile, and unless it changes course swiftly, it could face the prospects of a second balance of payments crisis in less than five years. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86253 JUN 01, 2013

Lopez-Calix, José Disclosed

A growth and adjustment strategy for Pakistan (English)

This paper is divided into four sections. The first provides a quick overview of the current political and economic situation, focusing in particular on the stagnation of growth and deepening macroeconomic imbalances, and a fast approaching balance of payments crisis. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86252 JUN 01, 2013

Burki, Shahid Javed; Hasan, Parvez Disclosed

Revisiting the constraints to Pakistan's growth (English)

This paper revisits the identification of the binding constraints to investment and growth in Pakistan by rigorously applying the growth diagnostic framework. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86257 JUN 01, 2013

Lopez-Calix, José; Touqeer, Irum Disclosed

Agriculture trade and price policy in Pakistan (English)

This policy paper focuses on the incentive framework for Pakistani agriculture, with emphasis on trade and price policies. It first presents a synthesis of major trends in the performance of the sector and analyzes Pakistan's extraordinarily complex, opaque and discretionary, and continually-changing trade regime. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86256 MAR 01, 2013

Valdés, Alberto Disclosed

Agriculture and water policy : toward sustainable inclusive growth (English)

This paper reviews Pakistan's agriculture performance and analyzes its agriculture and water policies. It discusses the nature of rural poverty and emphasizes the reasons why agricultural growth is a critical component to any pro-poor growth strategy for Pakistan. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86251 MAR 01, 2013

Ahmed, Syud Amer; Gautam, Madhur Disclosed

Pakistan : reinvigorating the trade agenda (English)

This paper reviews Pakistan's recent trade performance, its trade policy and trade costs. Different dimensions of trade performance growth and orientation, diversification and sophistication are assessed, complemented by an in-depth analysis of export dynamics in the period 2001-10 using firm-level data. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86255 MAR 01, 2013

Guilherme Reis, José; Taglioni, Daria Disclosed

Addressing regulatory software barriers to business growth (English)

This policy paper explores the relative importance of the software regulatory barriers to growth in Pakistan. Such software barriers have been identified as part of the major constraint in the Framework for Economic Growth of the Government of Pakistan. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86243 DEC 01, 2012

Kularatne, Chandana; Lopez-Calix, Jose Disclosed

Labor market policies under a youth bulge (English)

This paper assesses labor market trends and outcomes in Pakistan over the past decade. It shows that despite a high rate of employment growth, labor market outcomes have been disappointing: most jobs have been created in low productivity sectors/activities, and even if they provide a minimum level of income to often avoid poverty, they remain low quality jobs providing little or no protection to workers against shocks. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86250 DEC 01, 2012

Robalino, David; Yoonyoung Cho Disclosed

What do we know about growth patterns in Pakistan? (English)

This paper explores stylized facts of Pakistan's growth patterns. It identifies the short-lived predominant character of its increasingly scarce growth accelerations, the average volatility of the growth rate by international standards, the high but decreasing correlation between overall growth and agricultural growth, the long term decline of its growth (potential) rate to around 4.5 percent, well below the 6 percent rate of the 1960s or from the 7 percent rate required for absorbing the young labor force. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86254 DEC 01, 2012

López-Cálix, J.R.; Srinivasan, T.G.; Waheed, M. Disclosed

Making federalism work - the 18th constitutional amendment (English)

The almost unanimous passage of a landmark consensus constitutional amendment "the 18th Constitutional Amendment" restored Pakistan's constitution to its original intent of a decentralized federation of four provinces as envisaged in the 1956 and 1973 constitutions. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 87102 NOV 01, 2012

Shah, Anwar Disclosed

State-owned enterprise (SOE) reform : time for serious corporate governance (English)

This policy paper is motivated by the Government's 'Pakistan: framework for Economic Growth (FEG) 2011' which places weak corporate governance at the top of the 'software' constraints to growth. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 73664 NOV 01, 2012

Speakman, John Disclosed

Punjab debt sustainability analysis (English)

Punjab is Pakistan's most populous and economically vibrant province. Its fiscal health, therefore, is crucial to the fiscal stability and economic development of Pakistan as a whole. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86249 OCT 01, 2012

Manoel, Alvaro; Refaqat, Saadia; Onder, Harun; Ashraf, Mehwish Disclosed

Making spatial change in Pakistan cities growth enhancing (English)

Cities' development matters to Pakistan. It is central to economic growth, job creation and quality of life. This is also one of the core themes in the 2011 Government of Pakistan Framework for Economic Growth (FEG). ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86247 SEP 01, 2012

Yuen, Belinda; Songsu Choi Disclosed

Public infrastructure trends and gaps in Pakistan (English)

This paper analyzes the public infrastructure trends and gaps in Pakistan, especially by placing the Pakistani experience in an international context. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86246 AUG 01, 2012

Loayza, Norman; Wada, Tomoko Disclosed

Decomposing distributional changes in Pakistan (English)

This paper quantifies the contributions to distributional changes observed in Pakistan over the last decade. In contrast to methods that focus on aggregate summary statistics, the method adopted in this paper generates entire counterfactual distributions to account for the contributions of demographics, labor and non-labor incomes in explaining poverty reduction. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86248 JUL 01, 2012

Inchauste, Gabriela; Winkler, Hernan Disclosed

Human Opportunity Index (HOI) : national equality of children's opportunities in Pakistan (English)

This paper complements the World Bank's recent report on poverty by providing some additional information on inequality. In contrast to reports that analyze measures of inequality of income or wealth (such as the Gini), this paper focuses on equality of opportunities of children, where opportunities refer to access to basic services and goods (access to education, health conditions and basic infrastructure) that improve the likelihood of children to maximize their human potential. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86244 JUN 01, 2012

Newman, John Disclosed

Human Opportunity Index (HOI) : provinces equality of children's opportunities in Pakistan (English)

This paper complements the World Bank's recent report on poverty by providing some additional information on inequality. In contrast to reports that analyze measures of inequality of income or wealth (such as the Gini), this paper focuses on equality of opportunities of children, where opportunities refer to access to basic services and goods (access to education, health conditions and basic infrastructure) that improve the likelihood of children to maximize their human potential. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 86245 JUN 01, 2012

Newman, John Disclosed

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Reforming electricity subsidies in Pakistan : measures to protect the poor (English)
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JUN 06, 2014 93762 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Pakistan poverty trends, scenarios and drivers (English)
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JUN 05, 2014 91701 Working Paper
Study on tax expenditures in Pakistan (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 87103 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Pakistan : path to rapid growth and job creation (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 86253 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
A growth and adjustment strategy for Pakistan (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 86252 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Revisiting the constraints to Pakistan's growth (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 86257 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Agriculture trade and price policy in Pakistan (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 86256 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Agriculture and water policy : toward sustainable inclusive growth (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 86251 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Pakistan : reinvigorating the trade agenda (English)
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MAR 01, 2013 86255 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Addressing regulatory software barriers to business growth (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 86243 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Labor market policies under a youth bulge (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 86250 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
What do we know about growth patterns in Pakistan? (English)
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DEC 01, 2012 86254 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Making federalism work - the 18th constitutional amendment (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 87102 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
State-owned enterprise (SOE) reform : time for serious corporate governance (English)
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NOV 01, 2012 73664 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Punjab debt sustainability analysis (English)
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OCT 01, 2012 86249 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Making spatial change in Pakistan cities growth enhancing (English)
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SEP 01, 2012 86247 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Public infrastructure trends and gaps in Pakistan (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 86246 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Decomposing distributional changes in Pakistan (English)
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JUL 01, 2012 86248 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Human Opportunity Index (HOI) : national equality of children's opportunities in Pakistan (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2012 86244 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Human Opportunity Index (HOI) : provinces equality of children's opportunities in Pakistan (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2012 86245 Working Paper (Numbered Series)