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The latest issue of the top ranked Lahore Journal of Economics (Volume 22-1, January-June, 2017, ) is now available online.
This issue covers following topics:

The Statistical Value of Injury Risk in Pakistan’s Construction and Manufacturing Sectors

Ahmad Mujtaba Khan and Asma Hyder


The authors look at injury risk against occupation and industry, using data from the Labor Force Survey for 2013/14. They focus on five blue-collar occupations in two industries (construction and manufacturing), which tend to account for the highest number of injuries. The authors find that the statistical value of injury in these occupations is too small to reflect the wage premium that workers should be paid for risky jobs.

Agglomeration and Firm Turnover in Punjab

Marjan Nasir


The author conducts a firm-level analysis to gauge the impact of agglomeration on firm entry and exit in domestic industries in Punjab, Pakistan. The results illustrate how certain industries exist in clusters while others are highly dispersed. The results also suggest that higher rates of firm entry and exit are associated with highly agglomerated industries.

Corporate Financial Leverage, Asset Utilization and Nonperforming Loans in Pakistan

Ijaz Hussain


The author applies panel least squares and fixed effects to a sample of 40 banks for the period 2006–14 to identify the key determinants of nonperforming loans (NPLs) in Pakistan. The findings suggest that, in addition to some macroeconomic and bank-specific variables, the corporate debt–equity ratio and financial burden have a positive, significant impact on NPLs, while corporate asset utilization and the diversification of bank activities significantly reduce the volume of NPLs.

Is There a Causal Relationship Between Financial Markets in Asia and the US?

Amalendu Bhunia and Devrim Yaman


The authors examine whether there is a causal relationship between selected stock markets in Asia and the US. Based on stock values from a sample of nine Asian stock markets, the authors find a positive correlation with US stock market prices in most cases, the exception being Vietnam. Their results indicate significant long-run and short-run causality in both directions between the Asian and US stock markets. These findings show that, while both sets of markets are integrated, there are still valuable opportunities for international investors to diversify their portfolios in the US and Asia.

The Impact of Rural Electrification on Education: A Case Study from Peru

Julio Aguirre


The author examines the indirect impact of rural electrification on education. It finds that the greater the likelihood of a household being connected to the electricity grid, the more time the household’s children are likely to spend studying at home. This finding is interpreted as indirect evidence of an improvement in levels of schooling. The study’s LATE estimates reveal that providing households with access to electricity leads to children studying an extra 94 - 137 minutes at home per day, on average.

Deprivation Counts: An Assessment of Energy Poverty in Pakistan

Rafat Mahmood and Anwar Shah


The author examines the energy–poverty nexus in Pakistan at the national and provincial level, using the multidimensional energy poverty index. Based on data from the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey for 2010/11, the authors find that the average household in Pakistan is 26.4 percent energy-poor. The study shows that the incidence of energy poverty is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, with a similar trend at the provincial level. A comparison with findings based on data from 2008/09 shows a slight decrease in energy poverty at the national level.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 7/04/2017 10:33:00 AM,

Admissions to Lahore School of Economics 2017 Programs Open

The Lahore School of Economics has invited applications for its MBA Program, MBA for Professional Program, BSc (Hons) Economics Programs, BBA (Hons) and BSc(Hons) Business Programs, and BS (Hons) Social Sciences Programs for the year 2017.

For details regarding Entrance Requirements, Scholarships, Term Schedules, Admission Deadlines and Program lengths, please click at links below:
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 6/23/2017 02:02:00 PM,

Lahore School of Economics Quality Enhancement Cell

The Lahore School of Economics reconstituted its Quality Enhancement Cell. The following are the members of the reconstituted QEC:

1. Dr. Azam Chaudhry, Professor and Dean, Department of Economics and Head QEC
2. Ms. AmberinTanveer, Director, QEC
3. Ms. MamoonaNazeer, Deputy Director, QEC
4. Ms. Sehrish Khan, Senior Assistant Director, QEC
5. Ms. Rabia Rauf, Assistant Director, QEC
6. Ms. KhadeejaIdrees, Assistant Director, QEC
7. Ms. Sundus Farooq, Assistant Director, QEC

Membership of International Bodies:

The Lahore School of Economics renewedmemberships of the following International Bodies during the year 2016-17:

1. Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
2. International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 6/21/2017 11:45:00 AM,

Vivo Pakistan Recruitment Drive

Vivo Pakistan team visited the Lahore School of Economics on 31 May 31 2017 to conduct their recruitment drive for our Bachelors and MBA students. Mr Marvin Zhan, Chief Sales Officer gave a brief introduction about the company’s inception and its launch in Pakistan. He also told the students that with 136 million annual cellular mobile phone users, Pakistan presents an ideal landscape for all mobile companies. The team then conducted interviews of the students attending the recruitment drive. Madeeha Riaz, Director HR talked about the hiring process for their Management Trainee Program. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

Vivo is a global technology company that designs, develops, and manufactures smartphones, smartphone accessories, software, and online services. It is Launching in Pakistan in June, 2017.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 6/01/2017 02:40:00 PM,

Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited Recruitment Drive

Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited visited the Lahore School of Economics to conduct their recruitment drive on 1 June 2017 for our Bachelors students for sales positions at their organization. Mr Saad Ahmad, Group head Sales talked about career opportunities and growth prospects in Pak Qatar Limited. He explained the hiring process and training they offer to the students who become part of Pak Qatar. He emphasized on how lucrative sales jobs have become these days by quoting his own example. The presentation was followed by interviews of the students attending the session.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 6/01/2017 01:00:00 PM,

Berger Recruitment Drive

Berger Paints Pakistan Limited visited the Lahore School of Economics for their recruitment drive on 30 May 2017. Sadia Aurangzeb, HR Business Partner for Berger Paints briefed the students about their Management Trainee Executive Program (MTE). It was followed by a written test. She also explained the hiring process in detail. 
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 5/31/2017 02:33:00 PM,

Packages Recruitment Drive

Packages Limited visited the Lahore School of Economics on 30 May 2017 to carry out their recruitment drive for their Area Sales Manager positions. A large number of for the graduating Bachelor and MBA students attended the Packages recruitment session. Mr Subhan Zahid, Assistant Manager BUCP Conversion, started off with talking about Packages newest addition which is the Packages Mall. He told the students that almost every company in Pakistan outsources Packages Ltd for their packaging requirement.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 5/31/2017 02:29:00 PM,

Huawei Recruitment Drive

Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd visited the Lahore School of Economics to conduct a recruitment drive for their Trainee Program on May 29th, 2017. A significant number of graduating students (BBA, MBA and MSc) attended the session and later appeared for the test. The qualified students were then interviewed by the Huawei Team on the campus. Mr Rehan Tariq, Manager Human Resource talked about Huawei presence and market in Pakistan. They briefed the students about their career path and opportunities as they become part of Huawei team. The program offers a six months paid internship leading to a job. He emphasized on cross-cultural working environment experience and lots of learning opportunities for the students.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 5/29/2017 02:47:00 PM,

Lahore School bids farewell to MBAs and M Phils 2017

Lahore School of Economics hosted an exciting and lively farewell to its graduating class of regular MBAs, professional MBAs and M Phils on 13 May 2017. The event was attended by hundreds, consisting of both graduating candidates, the faculty who taught them as well as the Dean of Economics School, Dr. Azam Chaudhry who, along with Dean of Business School Sohail Zafar offered the concluding remarks.

The regular and professional MBAs put up a most spirited performance. All sections had prepared their own skits, speeches, song and dance routines, videos and more. The skits relived their intense one year which they had spent working hard, preparing assignments and attended classes, but only this time, it seemed all was fun. Teachers were parodied, but even parodies reflected the affection that the students felt for them. The faculty was present and enjoyed the show as thoroughly as the students themselves. 
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 5/19/2017 10:44:00 AM,

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