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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Corruption and Development: Perspectives from Economic Theory

Jul 18

03:00pm to 04:30pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Corruption in its various forms is believed to be one of
the major impediments to sustainable development and economic growth. 
Apart from earlier advocates of development friendly corruption, today, there
is an overwhelming consensus among both academics and international
organizations that corruption does more ‘harm’ than ‘good’ (if
any). In this talk, Dr Waqar Wadho will start with contesting the strand of
literature that advocates the development friendly facet of corruption, i.e. it
greases the wheels of commerce and is efficiency enhancing. This would be
followed by the presentation of his three original pieces of contribution to
the economic theory of corruption. He will be starting with his paper “Control
Rights, Bureaucratic Corruption and the Allocation of Resources”, published in
the European Journal of Law and Economics. This paper adds to the
literature on the determination, variance and repercussions of corruption.
Building upon the first paper, second paper deals with the rationale and
cost-effectiveness of incentive-based anti-corruption strategy. The central
argument made here is that there can be situations where the government can be
better-off by accepting corruption than eliminating it. Further, the role of
incentive based anti-corruption strategy declines in countries with higher
proportion of dishonest agents. In this sequence, the third paper builds a
theory explaining resource curse: a spiral among abundant natural resources,
low educational attainments, wide spread corruption and low economic growth. In
this paper, he provides a theory that explains the evidence where abundance of
natural resources affects both corruption and education, which in turn
determines the rate of economic growth.

Biography: Dr. Waqar Wadho is an Economist with
specialization in quantitative methods and applied economics theory. He has
earned doctorate from GREQAM, University
of Aix-Marseille, France.
Previously, he received Masters in Economics from Quaid-I-Azam
University, Islamabad. His research is focused on the
economics of corruption, growth, public finance and development. He is
publishing his work in international peer-reviewed journals such as European
Journal of Law and Economics
. He also contributes to leading English
newspapers on economic issues.

Chair: Syed Qasim Ali Shah, Director Programmes Development, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)