Research Project | Principal Investigators: Ali Cheema and Asad Liaqat (Harvard University)
This project surveys voter attitudes regarding the 2018 Election. It provides insight into how voters perceive the current government, the important issues, their own situation and the leading candidates.
Research Paper | Principal Investigators: Anjum Nasim, Faisal Bari and Umbreen Fatima
This project addresses the major issues contributing to Pakistan’s electricity crisis: circular debt and underinvestment in the electricity sector, contention between the federal and provincial governments over financing and the weak governance structure of the electricity sector.
Research Project | Principal Investigators: Ali Cheema, Farooq Naseer and Hassan Javid
While, dynastic politics is often cited as a driver of underdevelopment, there is little evidence to back that claim. This projects studies the relationship between political dynasties and underdevelopment in Pakistan through rigorous data collection dynastic dominance and political competition. It identifies both facts and popular myths surrounding political dynasties, as well what the implications are for making politics more conducive for development.
Research Paper | Principal Investigators: Ali Cheema, Asim I. Khwaja, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Perhaps the most important factor enabling a well-functioning state is a citizenry’s trust in that state. When there is a lack of trust, citizens are unwilling to pay taxes to authorities they perceive as corrupt, thus limiting the ability of the state to deliver services. This project examines trust in state actors in Pakistan’s context. Specifically, it looks at how trust affects the actions of citizens, and whether that trust is determined by the actual or perceived behaviour of the state. See project details
Research Project | Principal Investigators: Ali Cheema, Sohail Khan, Jacob N. Shapiro, Zulfiqar Hameed and Shan A. Rana
This research provides evidence to explain recent crime trends in Punjab. It correlates urban population densities to the crime rate and identifies the socioeconomic factors that have been driving crime. Based on this evidence, it lays out strategies to support police investigations, the development of crime mapping tools, crime reduction strategies and reforms in the criminal justice system.
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