Nasir Iqbal

Dr. Nasir Iqbal

Associate Professor

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad

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 working as Associate Professor at PIDE. 


Duke University NC, USA

(Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Economic) 2023

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[Supported by ICIMOD & SANDEE]
[Completion date: June 2023] The study involves a quasi-experimental welfare analysis of the Billion Tree Project in KP, employing rigorous research methods to assess its impact on local communities and the environment. Additionally, the study aims to explore the factors that explain participation rates in the project.
[Supported by IFPRI & IPA] [Completion date: Dec 2023]
This ongoing study uses quasi-experimental methods to explore how households cope when cash transfers stop, focusing on the impact of changes to eligibility criteria on households that no longer qualify for the Benazir Income Support Program. The research aims to provide insights into the consequences of stopping cash transfers on poverty reduction efforts and household welfare.
[Supported by HEC & World Bank] [Completion date: Dec 2023]
The research project aims to evaluate the efficacy of poverty graduation programs in breaking the poverty trap using a quasi-experimental design in Pakistan. Additionally, the study will investigate how social mobilization and community handholding approaches impact the perception and interaction of poor youth beneficiaries with governance
[Completion date: Dec 2023]
This research aims to develop a new political instability index for Pakistan based on historical strikes data collected from newspapers, and use it to measure the economic costs of political unrest in the country. The index will provide a more accurate assessment of political instability and help identify its key drivers. The main contribution of this study will be a novel tool for measuring political instability and its economic costs in Pakistan.
[Completion date: June 2024]
For many beneficiaries, BISP represents the main engagement they have had with the state. This research project seek to understand whether this direct engagement with the state in one area (receiving cash transfers) leads the recipients to be more likely to choose to engage with the state in another context (justice), where they have a choice of state vs. non-state actors. The empirical analysis is based on census data, which is unique in nature.
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