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Fifth Annual Business Research Conference on Managing Business in Pakistan

21 – 22 April, 2017


Abstracts of paper presentations: 

Putting Investors First: Awareness of Investor Rights

Mr. Ashraf Bava, CFA, CEO, Nael Capital and President CFA Society Pakistan

Ashraf Bava’s career spans over 21 years with experience in broking and advisory business. He is currently working as the Chief Executive of Nael Capital (Pvt.) Limited. Before setting up Nael Capital he used to work for Elixir Securities, his last assignment at Elixir was as CEO of the firm. He has served on the boards of Karachi Stock Exchange and National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited in the year 2011. He also chaired the Trading Affairs Committee of the KSE in the same year and is currently the member of Broker Front Office System (BFOS) committee of the Pakistan Stock Exchange and a nominee Director of SECP on the board of Institute of Financial Markets. He is also serving as a member on the Standards and Practice Council of CFA Institute at global level and also volunteering as a grader for the institute. He has also been associated with World Bank Group in the capacity of a consultant. As an active volunteer of the CFA Society Pakistan he has worked in various volunteer positions and is currently serving on its board as President and Advocacy Chair.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/18/2017 04:05:00 PM,

Lahore School of Economics And University of Oxford On Microfinance Products and Processes: Lessons from the Field

The second International Conference, jointly organized by Lahore School of Economics and University of Oxford, was held at Main Burki Campus of Lahore School of Economics on 13th of April 2017. The theme of the Conference was “Microfinance Products and Processes: Lessons from the Field”.The one-day event was devoted to discussions on the cutting-edge research in the microfinance sector. The conference brought together speakers from microfinance institutions, researchers and other stakeholders from Pakistan and outside of Pakistan to discuss main findings of the rigorous research of microfinance products and the key lessons of this research on the socio-economic welfare of Pakistan.


The conference started with the welcome remarks by Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry (Rector, Lahore School of Economics). He mentioned that the issues the Conference aims to address are very important and must be explored in detail. He commented that the global economic landscape is witnessing tectonic shifts in major economic powers of the world including the United States and European Union that already hints that the traditional models of running the world as well as financial systems are no longer valid. In particular, innovative strategies to boost growth in microfinance are very important for the well being of people in the country. He stressed the importance of active contributions by both academicians and policy makers to provide fresh and innovative perspectives on microfinance products and processes.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/14/2017 11:44:00 AM,

Lahore School of Economics and University of Oxford Second International Conference

Microfinance Products and Processes: Lessons from the field
13th April 2017


About 40 percent of the South Asian population living on less than $1.25 per day and 74 percent subsisting on less that $2 a day. This suggests that a large proportion of the population in South Asia is particularly ‘vulnerable’ to external shocks. Research shows a strong positive relationship between financial inclusion and poverty reduction. However, Only 13% of the adults in Pakistan have access to a formal account, which is much lower than 31% in Bangladesh, 53% in India and 83% in Sri Lanka. Recent empirical results on microlending show that the standard microcredit model, with high interest rates and immediate repayment, seems unable to generate enterprise growth (Karlan and Zinman, 2011). In contrast, a growing body of empirical evidence suggests that savings products can be valuable for generating income and for reducing poverty (Burgess and Pande, 2005; Brune, et al., 2014).
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/12/2017 09:30:00 AM,

Recent Advances in Mathematical Methods, Models and Applications (RAMMMA17)

The Lahore School of Economics, Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences hosted, “Twelfth Conference on Recent Advances in Mathematical Methods, Models and Applications (RAMMMA17)”, on 8-9 April, 2017, at the Lahore School’s Burki Campus, Amjad Chaudhry Library.


The goal of this conference was to bring together mathematicians and users of mathematics to talk to each other, to transfer problems, ideas and methods from one community to the other, so as to enhance progress in understanding. The "RAMMMA" tradition has these key features: the number of participants is usually bounded above by 70 with a mix of pure and applied interests; there are no parallel sessions so that all participants focus on each presentation and fully engage in each topic; and there is ample time for discussion of each presentation. The areas of interest of this conference were (but not limited to): Basic axioms; Mathematical modeling of systems in applied sciences; Big data; Queuing theory; Financial mathematics; mathematical biology.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/11/2017 01:13:00 PM,

Igniting Technology led Growth in Pakistan: Role of Monetary, Fiscal and Investment Policies - Day 2

The Lahore School of Economics Thirteenth International Annual Conference on Management of the Pakistan Economy concluded today. The second day of the Conference opened with a session titled “Openness, Economic Growth and Firm Level Productivity”. The session was chaired by Matthew McCartney (Director of South Asian Studies; Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of India, University of Oxford, UK).


The session started with the paper titled,“Pakistan’s Experience with the Pakistan-Chine Free Trade Agreement: Lessons for CPEC”. In this paper, Dr. Azam Chaudhry (Professor of Economics at the Lahore School and the Dean of the Economics Faculty) and his co-authors Dr. Theresa Chaudhry (Professor of Economics, Lahore School of Economics) and Nida Jamil (Teaching Fellow, Lahore School of Economics), provided fresh insights on Pakistan’s experience with the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to draw policy related conclusions for CPEC related initiatives. They tested the impact of the last major economic agreement between the two countries, which was the 2006 Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The study found a significant impact of this trade agreement on the amount of trade between two countries however it also pointed out its sub optimal consequences in the context of Pakistan’s growth strategy.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/30/2017 06:30:00 PM,

Lahore School Thirteenth International Conference on Management of the Pakistan Economy - Day 1

The Lahore School of Economics hosted its Thirteenth International Annual Conference on Management of the Pakistan Economy at its Main Burki Campus on the 29th of March, 2017. The theme of this Conference is “Igniting Technology led growth in Pakistan: Role of Monetary, Fiscal and Investment Policies”. The two-day event will be devoted to discussions on past successes and constraints on technology-led growth and to draw guidance on how macro and micro level policies can contribute to accelerating economic growth in Pakistan.


The conference started with a keynote address by Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry (Rector, Lahore School of Economics) to set the stage for the detailed discussions held at the Conference to explore how monetary, fiscal, investment and governance policies can help ignite Technology Led Growth in Pakistan. He remarked that the issues the Conference aimed to address are very relevant to the issues confronted by Pakistan’s economy at present. He shared his experience as Pakistan’s Advisor on Finance, Revenue, Planning, Economic Affairs and Statistics in the Caretaker Government of 2013. In April 2013 Pakistan was facing a very severe foreign exchange crises and Pakistan’s International reserves had been run down to negligible levels – to about 4 to 5 billion dollars. Both the World Bank and ADB had stopped new adjustment lending to Pakistan and as a result Pakistan was making a net transfer of about $2 billion to these institutions.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/29/2017 06:30:00 PM,

Econothon 2017

Econothon 2017 was hosted by the Economics Society of the Lahore School of Economics on the 27th of March 2017. Besides the hosts, teams from LUMS, Kinnard College and other institutional organizations participated.


The competition was structured in such a manner so as to challenge the individuals and enable them to bring out their abilities to tackle the real life issues by associating them with the available theoretical frameworks. The event consisted of 5 rounds; the first round consisted of MCQs followed by a Pic-to-ward round where the participants had to explain the provided image using appropriate economics concepts. The third round consisted of a policy round (Brain pop) which prompted the finalists to draft and elaborate upon an applicable policy with respect to the given scenario. These teams faced a Crisis Problem round and concluded the event with the final round; the Buzzer round. Matthew McCartnay (Director of South Asian Studies; Associate Professor in the Political Economy and Human Development of India, University of Oxford, UK), Ms. Farah Said, Ms. Marjan Nasir and Ms. Rabia Ikram judged the competition.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/28/2017 01:24:00 PM,

Igniting Technology led Growth in Pakistan: Role of Monetary, Fiscal and Investment Policies

Lahore School Thirteenth International Conference on
Management of the Pakistan Economy
Igniting Technology led Growth in Pakistan: Role of Monetary,
Fiscal and Investment Policies

29-30 March, 2017


Abstracts: 

Pakistan: How Macro-Micro Interaction Has Resulted in an Undervalued, Underperforming Economy

Dr. Rashid Amjad, Lahore School of Economics

As Pakistan attempts to reignite its economy and move towards sustained higher growth, it must overcome the binding constraints that have been responsible for the prolonged recession of the last decade. These factors have lowered the country’s average growth rate over the last 30 years, compared to a more robust average growth rate of 6 percent in the past. This paper argues that one must analyze macro-micro interaction to understand the dynamics of economic growth – including the prolonged and increasingly frequent downturns that have left Pakistan with an undervalued, underperforming economy. Only then can policymakers frame appropriate policies to create an enabling macroeconomic environment in which firms and other economic agents can help propel the economy onto a higher growth plane.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/28/2017 10:41:00 AM,

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