Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Nasir Iqbal
Associate Professor

About Me 

For the past fourteen years, I have worked in the areas of trade, governance, development and the design and implementation of social protection programs. I am currently an Associate Professor at PIDE. In the past, I led the research wing of Pakistan’s largest social protection program, BISP. I dealt with the design and implementation of macroeconomic models, socio-economic surveys, as well as quality assurance and data analysis of social protection programs.

Area of Interest:
Social Protection, Poverty and Migration

Area of Specialization:
Trade, Poverty, Governance, Design and Policy Specialist, Social Protection


PhD Economics, PIDE, Pakistan

Contact Me 


Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Social Links 

Contribution to PIDE Research

Fixing fiscal policy

September 2023

Charter of power

July 2023

Path to prosperity: budget priorities

June 2023

Wheat Support Price: A Note for Policymakers (Policy)

May 2023

A Review of Accountability Systems: Learning from Best Practices (Policy)

February 2023

The Socio-economic Analysis of the Street Economy in the Twin Cities of Pakistan (Article)

December 2022

A Review of Accountability Systems: Learning from Best Practices

September 2022

Legalizing street business

August 2022

Evaluating the Short Run and Long Run Impacts of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Food-Seeking Behaviour: New Insights from BISP, Pakistan (Article)

August 2022

Business of the street

July 2022

Food Subsidies Programs In Pakistan: A Review

April 2022

Political economics

March 2022

Economics of Political Strikes

March 2022

A new economic model

January 2022

Fiscal Federalism

December 2021

The Spatial Effects of Road Infrastructure on Employment in Pakistan: Quantifying the Role of Complementary Factors (Article)

December 2021

Fiscal Federalism in Pakistan: Need for a Revisit

November 2021

Role of the Middleman & Neglected Aspects

October 2021

Education is key

October 2021

Employment policy

September 2021

Policy Framework for Vaccinating All

July 2021

Using Cash Transfer Programs to Get Children Back to School from Work

July 2021

Enrolment matters 

June 2021

COVID-19, Irregular Migration and Asymmetrical Dependency

May 2021

How To Address The Gender Gap In Pakistan?

April 2021

National Poverty Estimates 2018

April 2021

Let’s Have a New Discussion on Poverty Estimates

April 2021

Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Wheat and Inflation

April 2021

The Quaid’s Economic Model

December 2020

Wheat price game

December 2020

Pakistan Needs A Market-Based Solution To The Recurring Wheat Crises

December 2020

Tax Policies for Growth

December 2020

Economic Cost of Political Conflict

December 2020

Rent-seeking Opportunities and Economic Growth in Transitional Economies

December 2020

Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth Role of Democratic Institutions

December 2020

Irregular Migration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 2020

Wheat Support Price: A Note For Policy Makers

October 2020

Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Wheat and Inflation

October 2020

Cost of protest

October 2020

The Economic Cost of Political Protests

October 2020

Protecting the Internal Migrant Workers

September 2020


September 2020

Are we ready to reap CPEC benefits?

July 2020

Moving Up The Energy Ladder: The Impact Of Bisp Cash Transfers On Fuel Choices

June 2020

CPEC: Phases and Challenges

May 2020

National Poverty Estimates 2018 19

May 2020

Cost of corona

April 2020

Caring for the poor

March 2020

Sustainable housing

March 2020

Doing taxes better

March 2020

Tax Policies for Growth

March 2020

Let’s Have A New Discussion on Poverty Estimates

February 2020

Covid-19 and Pakistan’s Economy Recovery Scenarios for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021

February 2020

Measuring the Impact of Remittances on Housing Demand: Evidence from Large Cities in Pakistan

January 2020

CPEC: phases and challenges

January 2020

Estimating poverty

December 2019

Economic cost of political conflict

November 2019

Time for a rethink

February 2019

Determinants of Expansion of Micro and Small Firms and State of Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

January 2019

Streamlining the EAC

September 2018

Ten million jobs

August 2018

Our safety nets

August 2018

Determinants of Housing Demand in Urban Areas of Pakistan: Evidence from the PSLM

February 2018

Institutions and Innovation: Evidence from Countries at Different Stages of Development

November 2017

Institutional poverty

September 2017

Spatial Differences and Socioeconomic Determinants of Health Poverty

July 2017

The optimal level

June 2017

Getting regional trade right in Central Asia

April 2017

Pakistan’s Bilateral Trade under MFN and SAFTA: Do Institutional and Non-Institutional Arrangements Matter?

February 2017

Pakistan can’t reap the benefits of CPEC

November 2016

The visa trade

November 2016

Socio-Economic Losses of Flood and Household’s Coping Strategies: Evidence from Flood Prone District of Pakistan

September 2016

Pakistan needs to look beyond China for FDI

August 2016

Determinants of Urban Poverty: The Case of Medium Sized City in Pakistan

December 2015

Migration and Health Outcomes: The Case of a High Migration District in South Punjab

Spatial Differences and Socio-economic Determinants of Health Poverty

The Impact of Institutional Quality on Economic Growth: Panel Evidence

March 2014

Electricity Demand in Pakistan: A Nonlinear Estimation

December 2013

Fiscal Decentralisation, Democratic Institutions and Inflation

September 2013

Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth: Role of Democratic Institutions

May 2013

Rent Seeking Opportunities and Economic Growth in Transitional Economies

May 2013

Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth: Role of Democratic Institutions

September 2012

Macroeconomic Brief No. 2

April 2011

The Persistence and Transition of Rural Poverty in Pakistan: 1998-2004 

January 2011

Fred Gault. Innovation Strategies for Global Economy: Development, Implementation, Measurement and Management. (Shorter Notices-2010-2)

May 2010

Determinants of Urban Poverty: The Case of Medium Sized City in Pakistan

January 2010

Employers Size Wage Differential: Does Investment in Human Capital Matter?

December 2009

Investment, Inflation and Economic Growth Nexus

December 2009

Waleed Haider Malik (ed). Judiciary-led Reforms in Singapore: Framework, Strategies, and Lessons. (Shorter Notices-2009-1)

February 2009

Douglas A. Irvin (ed.). Free Trade under Fire. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2005. 294 pages. Price not given.

February 2008

Noureddine Berrah, Fei Feng, Roland Priddle, and Leiping Wang. Sustainable Energy in China: The Closing Window of Opportunity. (Shorter Notices-2007-2)

May 2007