What is CERP?

The Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan, or CERP, is a leading independent non-partisan 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 the private sector on the product and process design.

Our mission is to improve decision-making in Pakistan through evidence-based research, survey, analytics, executive education and 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 2010, 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.