Pakistan Institute of Development Economics


Iftikhar Ahmad

Associate Professor

About Me 

About Myself:

My main area of research is the public policy, public economics, local governance, fiscal federalism, SEZs and environmental valuation. Being placed at Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) since 2007, I have good exposure to important policy debates. My main responsibilities at PIDE includes steering innovative research, writing reports and conducting analytical studies. Moreover, I teach and supervise at postgraduate level. While serving as Executive Director, Centre of Excellence-CPEC and as Head, PIDE School of Public Policy, I was exposed to a number of administrative matters, which refined my organizational and team building qualities

Area of Interest:
Public policy, public economics, local governance, fiscal federalism, SEZs and environmental valuation


Ph D. University of Kent, United Kingdom
MPhil. University of Peshawar, Pakistan
MA. University of Peshawar, Pakistan

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Contribution to PIDE Research

Local Government Reforms: An Overview

January 2024

Pakistan’s Income Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022 aka “Industrial Policy Package”

May 2022

SME Sector in Pakistan: Mapping the Policy Framework, Opportunities and Constraints

February 2022

Fiscal Federalism

December 2021

Endurance or Submission: How Terrorism Frame Households’ Time Allocation? (Article)

December 2021

Fiscal Federalism in Pakistan: Need for a Revisit

November 2021

Interview with Iftikhar Ahmad

August 2021

Inviting FDI: Is Pakistan an Attractive Destination?

August 2021

National Finance Commission Awards in Pakistan; It’s Time for a Revisit

It Is High Time We Revisited the NFC Awards in Pakistan

May 2021

Decentralization and Institutions: An Insight

May 2020

Production or real estate?

March 2020

Production Or Real Estate Activities: What do we want from SEZs and IEs

March 2020

Building industry-academia linkages: a latent solution (PIDE In Press)

January 2020

A Tale of Two Punjabs and CPEC 

January 2020

Special Economic Zones in Pakistan: Promises and Perils

January 2020

Building Industry-Academia Linkages: A Latent Solution (Blog)

December 2019

Need of the Hour: Simplicity and not Complexity in the SEZ Act

November 2019

From Fiscal Decentralisation to Economic Growt The Role ofComplementary Institutions

November 2016

Impact of Credit on Education and Healthcare Spending in RuralPakistan

November 2016

Capturing Willingness to Pay and Its Determinants for Improved Solid Waste Management 

July 2014

Fiscal Decentralisation in Pakistan

December 2010

Factors Determining Public Demand for Safe Drinking Water (A Case Study of District Peshawar)

January 2010

Environment-Friendly Cotton Production through Implementing Integrated Pest Management Approach

December 2007

Household’s Willingness to Pay for Safe Drinking Water: A Case Study of Abbottabad District

December 2007

Economic Evaluation of Pesticide Use Externalities in the Cotton Zones of Punjab, Pakistan

December 2002