Productivity in Pakistan: Why Did We Fall Behind?

Episode 8

Why did Pakistan fall so far behind in terms of growth from its neighbors? To what extent was this due to low worker productivity? How do we measure worker productivity? How do exports and women working in the labor force help increase productivity? In this episode, Dr. Ijaz Nabi and Dr. Gonzalo Varela answer these questions.

Dr. Ijaz Nabi is a Country Director at the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Executive Director at the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). He is also part of the visiting faculty at the Department of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Previously he worked at the World Bank. Dr. Nabi has a Ph.D. from Warwick University.

Dr. Gonzalo Varela is a Senior Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice of the World Bank. His work focuses on how trade and investment policy affect firms’ performance, and it has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books and reports. He holds a PhD in Economics from Sussex.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of CDPR or any of its affiliates.