What is CERP?
The Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan, or CERP, is a leading independent nonpartisan policy institution focused on improving decision making in Pakistan through rigorous quantitative research, engaging with policy counterparts with real policy challenges and designing and advising on high impact reforms based on data. At CERP, we also deploy cutting edge pedagogy tailored for Pakistan and provide data insights to private sector on product and process design.
Our mission is to improve decision-making in Pakistan through evidence-based research, executive education, analytics and data advisory services.
There is tremendous amount of evidence collected in Pakistan, but little emphasis is put on analysing it and bringing that evidence into decision-making which is often informed by anecdotes. CERP brings to the table an emphasis on generating evidence which feeds into government, non-governmental and private sector, influencing the design of high-impact reform.
At CERP, we seek to bridge the gap between academic research and policy making. We convert data into returns, equip professionals with knowledge on markets and trends and we advise organisations on how to grow smarter.
CERP at a Glance
In 2008, a group of economists with a history of conducting rigorous, internationally recognised
empirical research in Pakistan, came together to form CERP – an organisation focused specifically on
generating new knowledge, disseminating it to improve public discourse, and partnering from the
outset with policy actors to design better policy.
Headquartered in Lahore CERP has close to 150+ full staff members, 20+ active projects and 80+ research fellows.
- Maroof. A Syed joins as CEO
- Launched Advisory services
- MOU signed with FINCA Microfinance Bank
- Completed Procurement project
- Held ‘LEAPS: Educational ‘mela’’ for government schools in Lahore
- British Asian Trust-Market Linkages(BAT ML) launched in alliance with British Asian Trust and Kaarvan Foundation
- Successful completion of transfers and postings project
- Tax Collection research findings published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics
- 5 year Skills Development Program (SDP) launched in collaboration with Government of Punjab and Department for International Development(DIFD)
- CERP wins Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) grant
- Projects added to research portfolio; Customs, Sialkot Soccer Balls, Tax and Political Connections, Social Compact, Broadening Tax Base and Income Tax Evasion
- Research portfolio expanded; Women’s Mobility Project and Preferences
- First match making policy dialogue on Civil Service Reforms(CSS)
- Intervention initiated for Tax project: Transfers and Postings
- Research portfolio expanded; Asset Transfers, Procurement Efficiency, Mobile Money
- Won bid for Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence(BCURE)
- Signed MOU with National School of Public Policy in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)
- Expanded research portfolio; CLEAR, Education Financing, State Authority and Property Tax
- LEAPS research findings published in the Journal of Public Economics
- Launched first summer internship programme
- Initiated Recruitment for CERP
- Collaborated with Centres for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR)
- Learning and Educational Achievements in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) research findings published in the Journal of Human Resources
We are working on numerous research projects in collaboration with the government of Pakistan, National School of Public Policy and several local and international organisations.
CERP is an independent nonpartisan research center which works on producing high quality research and evidence based policy recommendations. Our work is supported by a number of sources in the form of grants and awards to projects.
If you are interested in supporting our research, please email our CFO
- World bank
- University College London
- UBS Optimus Foundation
- Punjab Skill Development Fund
- Precision Agriculture for Development
- Pomona College
- Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries
- Punjab Commission for status of Women
- Oxford University
- J-Pal at MIT
- Harvard University
- Duke University
- DFID UK
- Columbia University
- British Asian Trust
- Asian Development Bank
- International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
- Aman Foundation
- Center for International Development
- Innovations for Poverty Action
- IGC at London School of Economics