The Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) (http://cerp.org.pk/) was established in 2008 with the aim of filling the gap of evidence based policy planning in Pakistan by economists from Harvard University, University of Chicago, Pomona College and Lahore University of Management Sciences. CERP seeks to bridge the gap by building meaningful engagements between academic research and policy making that inform better policy design. Using established and frontier scientific research techniques to collect and analyze data economists at CERP believe that decision makers can create and implement sound economic and social policies. Their work currently looks at five key thematic areas in Pakistan: Firms and Organizations, Social Policy and Public Goods, Governance and Institutions, Macro Policy and Finance and Public Finance. CERP collaborates with governments, policymakers, civil society, and NGOs to promote the use of rigorous research methodology, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making.