Research Project | Principal Investigator: Anjum Nasim
Punjab currently experiences a major shortfall between its actual and potential tax revenue from the agricultural sector, putting a hamper on its public expenditure. This project quantifies the potential tax revenue from crop farming in Punjab to provide realistic estimates of agricultural income tax (AIT) revenue. These estimates provide a basis policy discussion regarding how to best increase AIT collection at the federal and provincial levels.
Report | Authors: Faisal Bari, Nazish Afraz, Nadia Mukhtar, Usman Khan, Syed Turab Hussain and Umbreen Fatima
Pakistan’s auto industry is at a crossroads: It could either suffer under the weight of imported automobiles, or it could be supported by continued tariff protection and complimentary policies. Thus far, tariff protection alone has not been sufficient for ensuring a robust auto sector because its guiding policy framework is obsolete. In this report commissioned for the World Bank, IDEAS Director Faisal Bari et al. provide an overview of Pakistan’s auto industry and identify the policies that will be needed for it to generate competitive products and high quality jobs.
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Fiscal Space for Social Protection
Policy Paper | Author: Anjum Nasim
This working paper looks at the expenditure on social protection programs and compares it with the subsidies provided to the non-poor. It argues that fiscal space for social protection can be created by reducing the implicit and explicit subsidies provided to the non-poor, reducing losses of public sector enterprises, improving economic growth and raising tax-to-GDP ratio which is one of the lowest in the world. The paper was presented at the Social Protection Dialogue held in Islamabad and Lahore on 13th and 15th February, 2013 respectively.
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Electricity Policy and Governance
Policy Paper | Authors: Anjum Nasim and Umbreen Fatima
This research outlines the electricity tariff determination process and considers the likely changes in the federal and provincial shares of the divisible pool of tax revenue if a tariff differential subsidy were given to the provinces in the form of a revenue share from the divisible pool.
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