Population and Development Demographic Research at PIDE

History of PIDE Series-4
Publication Year : 2009

In addressing the economic and social issues, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) has remained conspicuous in carrying out theoretical, empirical and policy relevant research since its inception in the late 1950s. With a 50-year history of contributions to enhancement and dissemination of knowledge about Development Economics, it is one of the few research organisations to have pursued academic excellence and professional autonomy to respond to educational and policy concerns. While ascertaining the structure and growth of the economy and analysing poverty and income distribution issues, the study of demographic change and analysis has been seen as relevant to economic and social development, and it has been an integral part of its research agenda. The evolution of demographic research at PIDE reflects the thinking about the complex relationship between population and development, and has identified many issues that are still a subject of scholarly debate in that context.1 The general consensus2 supported the view that a comprehensive approach encompassing both high-quality reproductive health services (including family planning) and broad development efforts in terms of improved educational levels, productive employment, infant/child mortality, and lessening of poverty and gender inequality are the best ways to deal with population and development interactions.