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Poverty Research Unit

Lahore School of Economics Centre for Research has established a Poverty Research Unit headed by Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry with Dr. Salman Ahmad, and Dr. Abdul Wajid Rana as its members. The aim of the Poverty Research Unit is to develop an existing and innovative new areas of research on poverty issues. As their first project, the Unit will be measuring food poverty in district Lahore. On the basis of primary data, economic and statistical analysis will be done to know causes of what influences poverty, the choice of going to school. This analysis will be extended to all districts of Punjab. [By Dr. Salman Ahmad]


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/25/2006 09:28:00 AM,

Management of Pakistan Economy (May 2-3, 2006)

Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Shamshad Akhtar will inaugurate the Second Annual Conference on the Management of the Pakistan Economy on May 2, 2006 at the Lahore School of Economics.

The Lahore School of Economics is organizing Second International Conference on Management of Pakistan Economy on May 2-3, 2006 at its Main Campus. The Conference will bring together a group of distinguished policymakers, academics, and international experts related to economic management. Many of them would be are presenting papers on various aspects of the management of the economy of Pakistan. Some of the subjects to be discussed are Key Challenges in Economic Development of Pakistan, Sustainability of Fiscal and Monetary System, Knowledge Economy, Key Issues in Industrial Growth in Pakistan, External Account and Foreign Debt Management, Intergovernmental Resources Transfers: Prospects and Issues, Local Government Finance, Federal and Provincial Public Management, and Civil Service Paradigm.

Shkib Sherani, Chief Economist ABN-AMRO Bank, Dr. Rashid Amjad, ILO, Dr. A. R. Kamal, Director Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Dr. Ashfaque H. Kahn, Economic Advisor / Chief Debt Management Cell Finance Ministry, Dr. Zubair M. Khan, former Federal Minister for Commerce, Shahid Kardar, Economist and former Finance Minister Punjab, Javed Hassan Ali, former Secretary Establishment Division, Government of Pakistan and Dr. Moazam Mahmood will be among speakers.

Lahore School of Economics First Annual Conference on Management of the Pakistan Economy

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/18/2006 02:23:00 PM,

Lahore School ISP


 Lahore School of Economics has established its own ISP service. Relevant: Most Connected Campuses

posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/14/2006 09:30:00 AM,


The application of scientific method to interpret social phenomena dates back to the march of first man on our planet when his mind became functional for its rational application. More conspicuous manifestation in the historical records is encountered in philosophies from Greek’s to current in twenty-first century. The main theme of discussion has been the interpretation of the relationship between individual, society and the state with special reference to sociology, politics and economics in terms of scientific theories and physical laws of nature. There are many socio-economic phenomena in the current era that offer a scope of their interpretation in terms of natural theories and laws. An attempt can be made to interpret concept of “Sustainable Development” in the light of some physical laws of nature. The concept can be assigned a scientific basis in the light of some important concepts framed and fortified for natural and biological sciences. The oldest one is the Law of Conservation of Mass that stated that total amount of mass in the universe remains constant although it may change its one form into another. Another law that followed the law of conservation of mass was the Law of Conservation of Energy, which is also known as First Law of Thermodynamics. It states that the total amount of energy in the universe remains constant although it may change its one form to another. Thus, when we burn a carbon based fuel, which is matter in the reduced state, the potential energy of its chemical bonds is transformed into the heat energy. This also leads to the fact that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Even this concept did undergo a change after the nuclear fission that demonstrated that matter can be destroyed by the destruction of mass. The concept concluded with the statement that sum of mass and energy in the universe remains constant. The experts of sustainable development are now saying that there is nothing in nature that can be called waste as nature is capable of efficient recycling of materials within its ecological systems. In their opinion, people call these materials wastes as they have not been able to develop systems humanly or industrially to utilize them to the natural level of efficiency. This thinking has led to the concept that the resources can be conserved if processed in a sustainable manner. The time is not very far that another law may be displayed on the screen of twenty first century stating that “The total amount of resources in the universe remains constant although they may change form from one to another”. This statement may be floated at the hypothetical level for testing its validity for its acceptance as a law.
Prof. DR. Mohammad Rafiq Khan, Senior Research Fellow, Lahore School

posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/13/2006 11:10:00 AM,

Lahore Journal of Policy Studies

The Centre for Research, Lahore School of Economics is going to bring out a bi-annual journal of Policy Studies. It will publish articles by eminent writers on inter-disciplinary subjects. The first issue will be out by July. It will also contain articles based on policy-oriented research conducted by the Centre for Research. The Journal will be non-technical and will be of common interest for all social scientists including economists, political scientists, sociologists and administrators. We would welcome contributions as long as they are not published elsewhere. The articles submitted will be subject to review by the Editorial Board and some external reviewer. Articles on any topic can be submitted to Dr. Muneer Ahamad, Senior Research Fellow/Editor. The e-mail address is: [By Dr. Salman Ahmad]


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/08/2006 01:44:00 PM,

On Campus Presentations and Interviews - 2005

Following presentations and interviews were held in Lahore School of Economics during 2005:


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/08/2006 01:41:00 PM,

Falling Grads

Student cheating is reaching new levels, forcing an overhaul of standardized tests. Read . . .
Via Newsweek, Mar 27, 2006

posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/07/2006 09:00:00 AM,

Towards the Law of Conservation of Resources

Dr. Mohammad Rafiq Khan, the Senior Research Fellow Lahore School of Economics will present his work at the Seminar of the Centre for Research on April 8, 2006 at Burki campus. The topic of his discussion will be: Towards the Law of Conservation of Resources - sustainable development under the agenda 21: An application of scientific theory and laws to interpret Social phenomena.
Dr. Mazhar ul Had Baluch will present his research proposal on “Correlates of Low Participation Rate in Primary Education – Rural and Urban Lahore

posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/07/2006 08:57:00 AM,

Dr. Mazhar-ul-Haq Baluch

The Senior Research Fellow in Lahore School of Economics, Dr. Mazhar-ul-Haq Baluch has been associated with teaching and research most of his working life. He did his M.Sc in Agricultural Economics with specialization in Agricultural Marketing from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (1980) and Ph.D in Economics in 2004 from University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Dr. Baluch has served as a teacher in Economics Department in University of the Punjab and has worked as SENIOR RESEARCH ECONOMIST at Punjab Economic Research Institute, Research Officer at University of Agriculture.

Some of his papers published in research journals include: Saving Pattern of Rural Families in Punjab: "Pakistan Economic and Social Review", Vol. XXXIII, Number 1&2, Department of Economics, University of the Punjab, Lahore-Pakistan. A Socio-Economic Study of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, “Pakistan Agricultural Development Review”, Vol-1 No.2, Winter, 1991- Journal of the Pakistan Society of Agricultural Economics. Five Points, More Words than Deed:" Pakistan Banker", Jan-Dec, 1996. The Bank of Punjab, Lahore-Pakistan. Off-farm Employment and Income of Farm Families in Rural Punjab: "Pakistan Economic and Social Review", Vol. XXXV, Number 2, Department of Economics, University of the Punjab, Lahore-54590, Pakistan. Development Profile of Districts in Punjab, Pakistan Economic and Social Review Vol. XXXVII, Number 1, Summer, 1999, Department of Economics, University of the Punjab, Lahore-54590, Pakistan. Cost Dilemma for Higher Education (Study of Inter and Degree Colleges), Pakistan Economic and Social Review, Vol. XXXVII, Winter, 1999 Number 2, Department of Economics, University of the Punjab, Lahore-54590, Pakistan. Economic of Floriculture in Pakistan – A Case Study of Lahore Market, Pakistan Economic and Social Review, Volume XXXIX Number 1 & 2, 2001, Department of Economics University of the Punjab, Lahore-54590 (Pakistan).


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/07/2006 08:52:00 AM,

Lahore School Spring Festival - 2006

Lahore School Spring Festival story in the Daily Times here. . .

posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/03/2006 09:39:00 AM,

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