Dr. Nasir Iqbal

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, PIDE

Career History

Academic Responsibilities

August 2018 to till date – Associate Professor (Economics) at PIDE

Conducted independent researches on socioeconomic issues, supervised PhD and MPhil Students and taught courses at graduate and undergraduate level.

Courses taught include,

  • Public Policy Analysis (Graduate level)
  • Development Economics (Undergraduate Level)
  • Research Method (Graduate level)

Non-Academic Responsibilities

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at PIDE

  • Associate Editor (The Pakistan Development Review): Technical Assistant for Pakistan Development Review (PDR) ‐ quarterly journal published by the PIDE.
  • Project Management

Research Study on political protests: Cost of political protests (2019)

Research Study on BISP: Citizenship, Political Participation and Knowledge among Poor with Brown University, USA (2019)

Research Study on migration in KPK: Migration in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: New insights from Bajaur, Charsadda and Mohmand with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (2019)

April 2015 to-August 2018 –Additional Director General (Research & Development) – BISP

As an Additional Director General (Research & Development), develop design documents, prepare policy documents, design targeting survey –NSER and evaluation, design tools including Proxy Means Test Formula (determines wellbeing of the beneficiaries based on correlation of socioeconomic factors) and beneficiary targeting (identification and selection), provide technical inputs to the design of graduation schemes, and review / validate methodologies and reports of third-party firms mandated to carry out external monitoring and evaluation of BISP Interventions.

April 2014 to April 2015 – Assistant Professor –PIDE

Conducted independent researches on socioeconomic issues, drafted data collection tools, supervised data collection process, conducted data analysis, served as committee member for organizing PIDE annual conferences, supervised PhD and MPhil Students and taught courses at graduate and undergraduate level.  Courses taught include,

  • Macroeconomic and Issues in Pakistan Economy (Graduate level)
  • Public Policy (Graduate level)
  • Industrial Policy (Graduate Level)
  • Mathematics for Economist (Graduate level)
  • Macroeconomic Theory (Graduate level)
  • Sustainable Development (Graduate level)
  • Advanced Microeconomics (Graduate level)

Individual consultant: Worked with ILO, Pakistan on Labour Migration Issues, with ADB to produce Assessment on Pending Beneficiaries and Targeting Performance of BISP, and with IFPRI to conduct firm-based research to identify the determinants of small and micro firms’ growth.

Technical Assistant PDR: Technical Assistant for Pakistan Development Review (PDR) ‐ quarterly journal published by the PIDE.

Coordinator M.Phil./PhD Program in Economics

November 2006 to April 2014 – Staff Economist –PIDE

Conducted independent researches on socioeconomic issues, drafted data collection tools, supervised data collection processes, conducted data analysis, served as assistant to the supervisor in research unit, prepared policy briefs, prepared teaching material for the supervisor, conducted seminars, participated in conferences, and served as the committee member for organizing PIDE annual conferences.

Worked on various research projects funded by the World Bank, DFID, ILO and ADB.