The Centre for Business and Economics Research (CBER) publishes its working paper series for the main purpose of disseminating preliminary research results, conference proceedings and unpublished work. This stimulates discussion and generates critical feedback from experts in the field. The work could later be published in reputed journals and presented at conferences abroad. Below is the list of IBA Working papers.
Exploring Determinants of Productivity in Pakistani Manufacturing FirmsHaroon Jamal
AbstractThis study examines the determinants of productivity among manufacturing firms in Pakistan using firm level data gathered in the World Bank Enterprise Survey of 2007. The research econometrically investigates the impact of various structural, organizational and technological characteristics of firms on the level of Total Factor Productivity (TFP). Findings of The study suggest that factors which enhance the firms' performance and level of productivity include; foreign ownership, use of information and communication technology, schooling of production workers, presence of labor welfare programs, access to international market and use of innovative production process. In contrast, unionization of workforce and power outages are negatively associated with TFP. more...
Spatial Disparities in Socioeconomic Development: The Case of PakistanHaroon Jamal
AbstractRising spatial disparities in socioeconomic development is a major concern in developing economies. Regional inequality is a dimension of overall inequality, but it has added significance when spatial and regional divisions align with political and ethnic tensions to undermine social and political stability. more...
Private Returns to Educationin PakistanHaroon Jamal
AbstractThe paper statistically evaluates the trends in private returns to education in Pakistan for the period 1990-91 to 2012-13. The data of 16 nationally representative Labor Force Surveys during this period are utilized to estimate the standard Mincerian Earning Functions with some modifications. more...
Prospecs, Challenges and Risks for Increasing India-Pakistan TradeDr. Ishrat Hussain
AbstractDespite the common historical, legal and cultural heritage, South Asia still remains as one of the least integrated regions of the world. The political tension and rivalry between the two major countries of the region - India and Pakistan - stands out as the main explanatory variable. In last one year, there have been some healthy developments in relaxing this constraint and resuming better trading relations. more...