The Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre (MHRC) is the flagship centre of social science research at LUMS. It supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching on issues of human development, social exclusion and inequality across South Asia. Its vision is to co-construct knowledge on critical challenges with a community of scholars, students, practitioners and social actors to bring about transformative change for an inclusive and equitable society.
Rapid urbanization in low and middle-income countries is contributing to
the ‘urbanization of poverty’. Yet the true scale and nature of this
challenge are unknown. Census data are infrequent and household surveys...
Principal Investigators: Dr. Ali Cheema (LUMS, IDEAS, IGC), Dr. Ali Abbas (IMF), Dr. Michael Best (Columbia, IGC), Dr. Michael Callen (LSE, IGC), Dr. Adnan Qadir Khan (LSE, IGC), Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand (IDS Sussex)
This project aims to assess the degree of horizontal and vertical tax inequity in property tax in metropolitan Punjab. It aims to disentangle the factors responsible for inequity and underutilization of property taxation in Lahore and understand the political economy barriers to introducing an equitable property tax code.
Researchers: Ali Usman Qasmi (LUMS), Ali Raza (LUMS and MHRC), Waqar Zaidi (LUMS and MHRC)
The project aims at curating a social history of the influenza epidemic in colonial India. By exploring archival materials and survey reports, it hopes to understand the notions of diseases, body, and cure through an exploratory survey of approaches towards the influenza epidemic.
Panelists: Syed M. Hasan, Steven Rubinyi, Sana Riaz, Nasir Javed, Adeel Shah, Hasaan Khawar & Nazish Afraz
16 September 2021
SEED recently launched a report that uses nightlights (NTL) data to provide insights into: district-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GDP growth and income per capita; province-level estimates of GDP; and for KP’s major cities, patterns of growth and the distribution of economic activity within the city. The panel disseminates the report and examines how satellite data can be used to plan sustainable cities.
This article seeks to clarify the effect of growth on gender equality for the case of Pakistan. The paper addresses this aim by estimating gendered sectoral employment elasticities of growth for the period 1984–2017 and investigates their drivers. The authors find that the secular trend toward productivity-driven growth since the turn of the millennium has lowered the responsiveness of men’s employment to growth impulses in particular. For women, factors related to Pakistan’s gender order are more relevant. Greater gender parity in education enables women to benefit from growth in the form of better employment access.