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Challenges and Possibilities for Environmental Sustainability with a focus on Pakistan

27-28 February 2019

Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Lahore School of Economics

Call for Papers

The social metabolism reproducing society in the modern era is upsetting Earth’s natural equilibrium, which until recently, had maintained relative stability for millions of years. Marking this shift in the planet’s biogeochemical processes due to human activities, scientists recently declared the emergence of a new geological epoch, the ‘Anthropocene’. This new global shift is characterized by severe (1) socio-environmental crises, including climate change, degradation of air, water, soils and habitats, rapid extraction of finite freshwater and mineral reserves, deforestation and desertification, and growing quantities of wastes that cannot easily be absorbed into the environment. Such processes are being experienced unevenly across space on a scale never before witnessed in human history, producing impacts that are becoming increasingly critical for our own species as well as others (2).

Aiming to understand the environmental, social and economic dimensions of these crises, particularly in the context of Pakistan, as well as to engage critically with the contemporary debates regarding possible ways to safeguard and/or restore ecologically sustainable systems to the extent possible, this conference will serve as a site for grappling with the multiple and complex sources of these crises, the ecological and social impacts experienced, and the technological, economic and policy interventions being attempted at local, national, and international scales.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9/26/2018 04:27:00 PM,

Lahore School of Economics International Conference on Applied Development Economics

Lahore School of Economics hosted its first International Conference on Applied Development Economics on 12-13 September 2018 at the Lahore School’s Burki Campus. The aim of the conference was to expose researchers and policy makers in Pakistan to on-going research on key issues of relevance to economic development and poverty alleviation in Pakistan and contribute to improving research capabilities of young researchers in the country. The conference highlighted frontier research that is being conducted in Pakistan with the aim of economic development and poverty alleviation. 


The first day of the conference started with welcome remarks by Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, rector of Lahore School of Economics. Professor Imran Rasul, Professor of Economics at the University College London delivered the Plenary Address was focused on new research on Bangladesh and Pakistan that aims to broaden the agenda on understanding how to optimally design social protection programs for the poor and whether such programs should entail providing transfers in kind or in cash. He showed that asset transfers reduced engagement in casual wage labour, increased work in capital-intensive sectors as well as labour supply hours.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9/14/2018 03:55:00 PM,

Orientation for class of 2022


Lahore School of Economics is organizing Orientation for the Class of 2022 on 3-4 September 2018. Following departments will set up information booths in Garden Cafe for new students in order to acquaint them with the opportunities available on campus:
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9/04/2018 09:31:00 AM,

Intrahousehold Consumption Allocation and Demand for Agency: A Triple Experimental Investigation

Uzma Afzal, Giovanna D'Adda, Marcel Fafchamps, Farah Said

NBER Working Paper No. 24977
Issued in August 2018
NBER Program(s): Development Economics

We conduct two lab experiments and one field experiment to investigate demand for consumption agency in married couples. The evidence we uncover is consistent across all three experiments. Subjects are often no better at guessing their spouse's preferences than those of a stranger, and many subjects disregard what they believe or know about others' preferences when assigning them a consumption bundle. This confers instrumental value to individual executive agency within the household. We indeed find significant evidence of demand for agency in all three experiments, and this demand varies with the cost and anticipated instrumental benefit of agency. But subjects often make choices incompatible with pure instrumental motives – e.g., paying for agency even when they know their partner assigned them their preferred choice. We also find female subjects to be quite willing to exert agency even though, based on survey responses, they have little executive agency within their household. We interpret this as suggestive of pent-up demand for agency, and indeed we find that female demand for agency falls as a result of an empowerment intervention.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9/04/2018 09:31:00 AM,

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