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TRACKING HOPE IN KARACHI (THINK)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dana BurdeCERP Staff: Mariam Rafique Vadria (Research Manager)Project Type: Quantitative, longitudinal, and survey-based, with complementary qualitative interviewsStart Date: May 2017 Policy IssueOver half of Pakistan’s population is under 30 years old. Globally, large youth populations present both…
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Institutional Reform and Women's De Facto Rights in Pakistan

Principal Investigators: Dr. Erica Field (Duke University) & Dr. Kate Vyborny (Duke University) Implementing Partners: Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) Donors: Economic Development and Institutions (EDI), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Project type: Phase 1:…
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RFP

Hiring Consultants for “Direct Cash Graduation Study" The Center for Economic Research in Pakistan is managing a project to study the impact of a poverty graduation program on livelihoods, health and other indicators. We are interested in testing different models…
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ABOUT US Job Talash is an initiative of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), a non-profit organization that conducts research on issues such as employment, education, and vocational training. Job Talash is part of CERP's Women's Mobility project,…
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Graduate Student Fellows

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Training Workshops

CERP Capacity Building offers a range of training opportunities to engage and build the knowledge and skills base of a broad range of actors in the policy space including strategic decision-makers, development practitioners and technical researchers to become critical consumers…
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Evidence-Based Program Design

Program Session: April 24-28, 2017 Venue: Lahore, Pakistan Presented in collaboration with Evidence For Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at Massachusetts Institute of…
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Research Fellows

  1. Policy Impact
  2. Research
  3. Training

Leveraging its rich academic base, CERP aims to build on its expertise and partner with government and local organizations to rigorously inform policy debate. Evidence based decision making is at the core of CERP’s mission which it aims to institutionalize in the public sphere of Pakistan. It hopes to do so by creating research engagements that allow for meaningful and sustained collaborations between policy actors and researchers that can generate both feasible policy design and frontier scholarship. CERP’s most notable policy engagements include the Property tax experiment with Department of Excise and Taxation

CERP and its network affiliates have a long history of conducting rigorous empirical research in Pakistan. With numerous peer-reviewed publications in top tiered economic and policy journals, CERP’s research fellows constitute by far the most impressive publication credentials of any group that is working on Pakistan. CERP’s research is currently focused on key policy relevant areas in Pakistan: Governance, Education, Health, Poverty Alleviation, Financial Inclusion, Social Policy, and Industrial Development. Since its inception, CERP has been awarded more than 10 million US dollars for more than 15 different research projects in Pakistan. CERP’s research teams collaborate with governments, policymakers, civil society, and NGOs to promote the use of rigorous research methodology, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making

Engaging with and building the knowledge, skills, and capacity of policy actors in Pakistan is vital to promoting the long-term sustainability of CERP’s mission. These actors include policy makers in the government, development practitioners from non-profit organizations, civil society players and current and aspiring local researchers. In order to develop effective policy solutions, all relevant decision makers and participants must possess a deep understanding of evidence-driven program design and evaluation.

The Capacity Building initiative at CERP seeks to develop a knowledgeable workforce capable of deploying a variety of strategic and technical skills that will inform policy decisions.

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Student Resources

> Funding and Scholarships > Rankings > Applying to PhD programs in Economics Applying to doctoral programs can be a daunting task but like all things, some careful planning (especially starting a couple of years earlier) can go a long…
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Punjab Economic Opportunities Program

Principal Investigators: Dr. Asim Ijaz Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School), Dr. Ali Cheema (Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives), Dr. Farooq Naseer (Lahore University of Management Sciences), Dr. Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University) <>Implementing Partner: Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF)Donors: Department for…
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Asset Transfer Program

The Asset Transfer Project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of asset and cash transfers, hence providing policy recommendations towards designing the best social safety net which can improve incomes of the ultra poor belonging to four districts of Punjab, Pakistan.…
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Education Financing and Support Services Project

Title: Education Financing and Support Service Project Principal Investigators: Dr. Asim Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School), Dr. Tahir Andarabi (Pomona College), Dr. Jishnu Das (World Bank) Implementing Partners: Tameer Mirco Finance Bank, Aman Foundation, Oxford University Press, Adult Basic Education Society,…
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Microbe Literacy Intervention

Title: Microbe Literacy Intervention Principal Investigators: Dr. Daniel Bennett (University of Chicago), Dr. Syed Ali Asjad Naqvi (CERP), Dr. Wolf-Peter Schmidt (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Implementing Partners: National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) Project Consultant: Edward Higgins…
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State Authority

Title: State Authority Principal Investigators: Dr. Asim Khawaja, Dr. Ali Cheema, Dr. James Robinson and Daron Acemoglu Implementing partners: Punjab Safe City Authority Project type: Phase 1: Pilot (Kasur) Implementation (Sargodha) Phase 2: Implementation (Lahore) Start Date: Phase 1: Pilot…
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Procurement Efficiency Project

Principal Investigators: Professor Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics), Dr. Michael Best (Stanford University), Dr. Adnan Qadir Khan (London School of Economics), and Professor Andrea Prat (Columbia University). Implementing Partners: Punjab Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), Punjab Information Technology Board…
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Entrepreneurial Finance Lab

Psychometric Analysis of Entrepreneurs:Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL) has developed an effective, automated and scalable tool to identify high potential, credit worthy entrepreneurs. These tools are based on psychometric principles, drawing on results from decades of research. The EFL Tool has…
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