Pakistan Institute of Development Economics


Saima Bashir

Senior Research Demographer

About Me 

Saima Bashir received her Ph.D in Sociology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA in 2017. She serves as the Head of Social Dynamics Units at PIDE. Trained as family demographer and sociologist, Dr. Bashir studies fertility and family behavior, maternal and child health, and family demography. A related line of research looks at unintended fertility, particularly looking at trends over time as well as the antecedents and consequences of unplanned childbearing. Dr. Bashir also studies the marriage market in Pakistan, looking at trends over time in consanguineous unions, and how they influence the reproductive decision making. Recent and current line of research focuses on political implications of changing age structure in Pakistan.

Areas of Interest:
Demography, Family, Gender inequality, Population and Health


Ph.D. (Sociology) 2017, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

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Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Social Links 

Contribution to PIDE Research

Educational Exclusion of Children with Special Needs

December 2023

Invest in Future: Prioritising Youth Family Planning (Policy)

November 2023

Invest in Future: Prioritizing Youth Family Planning

May 2022

Marriage Market in Pakistan Consanguinity, Educational Assortative Mating, and Fertility

March 2022

Burden of Diseases among Elderly in Pakistan

February 2022

Challenges of Aging Among Transgender Community

June 2021

Revisiting demographic dividend amid fertility stall

March 2021

Educated women are at higher risk of mistimed birth (P & R Vol.2 Issue 3)

March 2021

Results speak louder than words

March 2021

The Encroachment Debacle in Pakistan

September 2020

Educated Women Are at Higher Risk of Mistimed Birth (Blog)

February 2020

Pakistani Women’s Perceived Spousal Concordance on Desired Family Size and Birth Intendedness 

October 2019

Changing Gender Roles and Spousal Agreement on Fertility Intentions

June 2019

Applying an Equity Lens to Maternal Health Care Practices in Pakistan 

March 2012

Perception Survey of Civil Servants: A Preliminary Report

December 2007

Pide Business Barometer 01

March 2007