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.

Be the Solution: How Bureaucrats can Improve Public Sector Performance Through Mission Management

Dan Honig

Management reform strategies are often steeped in a top-down, command-and-control, incentive-laden theory of change. In my work, I explore when these approaches are useful, and…

Blog: Pakistan Dialogues Political Economy

Inequality, Trust and Taxation in Punjab

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.

Research Political Economy

Analysis on Agriculture Productivity and Climate Change in Pakistan

Researchers: Dr. Abid Aman Burki (LUMS) Dr. Mushtaq A. Khan (LUMS), Muhammad Raza Mustafa Khan (LUMS), Verda Arif (LUMS), Muhammad Abubakar Memon (LUMS), Dr. Shabbir Ahmad (University of Queensland).

The aim of this project is to produce two research papers on “Analysis on Agriculture Productivity and Climate Change in Pakistan,” which will serve as background papers to the World Bank’s Pakistan Country Economic Memorandum 2.0 report to be published in 2022.

Research Climate


Negotiating Adulthood: Women’s Education, Work and Family Formation in Rural Pakistan

Panelists: Dr. Tahir Andrabi (Pomona), Dr. Hadia Majid (LUMS) and Dr. Farah Said (LUMS)

The panelists discuss some salient findings on education, marriage and labor market aspects of the lives of women aged (20-30) in the 2018 survey. They explore how generational shift in education outcomes between these women and their mothers, and between men and in the same age group. They also look at the effect of education on marriage likelihood, assortative spousal matching and the quality of the in-law relationship. Dr. Tahir Andrabi examines labor force participation, occupational sorting between men and women into “brain vs brawn” jobs and, using time use-data, he looks at the variation of paid vs housework of both married and unmarried women along the education dimension.

Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lecture

Transgressions: Poems Inspired by Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Reviewed by: Dr. Anjum Altaf

Transgressions, by Anjum Altaf, is a book of poetry that is a comment on the nature of translation more than anything else. This commentary is made all the more poignant since the book is not a work of translation in the first place, but is rather reflections on the poetry of the late, great master of Urdu poetry, Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Described on its cover as a book of ‘Poems inspired by Faiz Ahmed Faiz,’ Anjum takes on the task of picking different poems by Faiz, and writing poetry inspired by those poems. He insists, and correctly so, that these are not translations. Instead, it is a very humble offering. The act of making another poet your muse is not just rare, but also a nod and an acknowledgement towards the greatness of the poet of inspiration.