Vaqar Ahmed

Vaqar Ahmed

Joint Executive Director

Dr Ahmed serves in advisory capacity at many national, regional and international institutions and forums such as Fauji Foundation and Creative Cities project of the British Council Pakistan. He is also a member of steering committee of Southern Voice Think Tanks Network and council member of energy committee of National University of Science & Technology (NUST). An honorary research fellow at Partnership for Economic Policy, University of Laval in Canada, he has earlier worked as an advisor to United Nations Development Program and as the head of macroeconomics section at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives. He has also done various assignments with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as well as with ministries of finance, planning and commerce. Dr Ahmed has been a part of the government’s Advisory Panel of Economists in 2008, Task Force on Private Sector Development in 2009, Working Group on Macroeconomic Framework for 10th Five Year Plan (2010-15) and Working Group on Social Sector Development for Vision 2025. He is also a visiting faculty member and researcher at different institutions, including University of Le Havre in France, National University of Ireland, IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development. His research work on inclusive growth, trade, public finance and sustainable development has been published extensively and he has received fellowships from Germany’s Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, France’s Young Leaders Programme and IMF’s Civil Society Organizatins initiative. He holds a PhD in economics.

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Status and determinants of other gainful activities by farmers in mountainous rural regions of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Using stakeholders for dialogues for strengthening evidence use to inform government decision-making during COVID-19

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Impact of school facilities and teachers’ training on child education: Evidence from Balochistan and KP

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Reform Priorities for Pakistan’s Energy Sector: Perspectives in the Backdrop of Paris Agreement, 202

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NFC Award: Devising formula for horizontal distribution (W - 173)

Measuring Institutional Performance in Pakistan Can governance indices help? (WP - 172)

Vol. 26 NO 1-2 (January-June 2019)

Integrating Gender into Educational Planning and Budgeting (WP - 171)

Pakistan-China Financial Market Integration (W-165)

Economic Contribution of Copyright-based Industries in Pakistan

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Contours of a programme with IMF Choosing between approaching or not approaching IMF

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Health Services Trade between India and Pakistan

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Internal Migration and Labour Mobility in Pakistan

Competition and Intellectual Property in Pakistan

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Challenges to Social Accountability and Service Delivery in Pakistan

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Political Economy of Exchange Rate Misalignment - A Synthesis of Lessons For Pakistan (PB - 55)

Social Enterprise Landscape in Pakistan

Sustainable Development: Issues and Challenges - Towards Sustainable Development in Pakistan

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Tax Reforms in Punjab (PB - 53)

Demystifying Exchange Rate (PB - 52)

National Study on Agriculture Investment in Pakistan (W - 157)

CUTS-SDIP Report Rethinking Perceptions

Legislative Gaps in Implementation of Health related Millennium Development Goals: a case study from Pakistan

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Corporate Tax Reforms in Pakistan (W - 155)

Chapter 6: Towards Sustainable Economic Development in Pakistan

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Trade with Iran

Environmental Regulations and Compliance in the Textile Processing Sector in Pakistan: Empirical Evidence(w*)-(The Paper was published by SANDEE)

Energy Crisis And Nuclear Safety & Security of Pakistan

Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade & Investment Roadmap

Towards a Fair and Just Fiscal Policy in Pakistan

Fiscal Challenges in Pakistan (Dr. Vaqar Ahmed)

Trade Consignment Mapping in South Asia A Study of Three SAARC Corridors (RR*)-(The Study was published by CUTS)

Chapter 7: Trade Facilitation through Economic Corridors in South Asia: The Pakistan Perspective

Fund-raising-for-Energy-Projects-in-Pakistan (W - 149)

Welfare Impacts of Afghan Trade on the Pakistani Provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (RR*)-(The report was published in stability)

Decomposing Change in Energy Consumption of the Agriculture Sector in Pakistan

India-Pakistan Trade: A case study of the Pharmaceutical Sector (Working Paper *)-(The Paper was published by ICRIER)

Informal Flow of Merchandise from India: The case of Pakistan (ccs)

FDI in India: Prospects for Pakistan

Economy and Energy Security for Pakistan: What Lies Ahead!

Rise of China and India: Implication for Pakistan Economy and Environment [chapter 11th]

India-Pakistan Trade: Perspectives from the Automobile Sector in Pakistan (W*)-(The paper was published by ICRIER)

India-Pakistan Trade: An Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Sector(W*)-(The Paper was published by ICRIER)

Foreign Aid and Pakistan

Trading with India-Lessons Pakistan must learn from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Samavia Batool and Dr Vaqar Ahmed

Foreign Aid in South Asia

Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Human Resource Development in the SAARC Region: Lessons Learnt

Energy and Tax Reforms Household Analysis from Pakistan (W - 147)

Energy and Tax Reforms: Firm-level Analysis from Pakistan (W - 146)

Challenges to Social Accountability And Service Delivery in Pakistan (W - 145)

Assessing the Role of the Private Sector in Conflict Prevention in Pakistan (Research Report*)-(The Study was published in Stability)

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis of Expanded Program on Immunization in Pakistan (W-143)

Informal trade between India and Pakistan (W - 141)

Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade: Welfare impact on Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

FDI in India : Prospects for Pakistan(W - 140)

Improving Avenues of Assistance for the vulnerable in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Energy and Taxation Reforms - Firm Level Analysis from Pakistan

Energy and Taxation Reforms - Household Analysis from Pakistan

Consultative Meeting on Trade Normalization and FDI Prospects for India & Pakistan

FDI in India-Prospects for Pakistan

Trade Normalization and FDI Prospects for India and Pakistan

Informal trade between India and Pakistan

Policy Symposium on Taxation & Energy Reforms

Pakistan : Energy Sector Appraisal

Draft Study: Reforming Tax System in Pakistan

How to solve Pakistans power crisis ( PB-40)

Tax Reforms in Pakistan (PB-39)

Managing Intra-Country Growth Disparities in South Asia

Social Protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PB-38)

Social Protection in Balochistan (PB-37)

Social Protection in Pakistan (PB-36)

RR - Poverty And Social Impact Analysis Of Stipend Program For Secondary School Female Students In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Poverty And Social Impact Analysis Of Workers Welfare Fund

Vol 20 No. 2 (April - June 2013)

Summit Recommendations

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis of Workers Welfare Fund(PB-33)

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis of Stipend Program for Secondary School Girls of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(PB-32)

Political Barometer - A study of public opinion - voters’ preferences and political parties popularity across Pakistan Phase-II

Public Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Pakistan: A Dynamic CGE-Microsimulation Analysis

Human Resource Development and Foreign Remittances: The Case of South Asia(W-130)

Vol. 3, No. 11-12 (Regional Connectivity Special - November December,2012)

Environment, Trade and Governance for Sustainable Development

Future of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Perspectives from Pakistan (W-129)

US and EURO Zone Debt Crisis: A Perspective from Developing Countries (PB 30)

Vol. 19, No. 3 (July - September 2012 )

Vol. 3, No. 7-8 (Market Governance Special -July Aug,2012)

Towards a South Asian Model of Inclusive and Sustainable Growth (By Dr Vaqar Ahmed)

Monetary Policy Response to Rising Oil Prices (PB 29)

Experiments With Industrial Policy: The Case Of Pakistan (W-124)

Vol. 3, No. 5-6 (Budget Special -May June,2012)

Vol. 3, No. 3-4 (Fiscal Special -March April,2012)

Vol. 18, No. 3 (July - September, 2011)

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