Socio-economic Transformation and Knowledge Advancement

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and National Academy Of Higher Education (NAHE) are offering a cross-cutting refresher course on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and real economic/policy issues and questions to build research argument keeping in view pressing challenges facing by the country, and use analyses as well as data to inform the people and policymakers of Pakistan. PIDE is one of the kind national research think tank with the aim to carry out research on national and international socioeconomic issues. On the other side (NAHE) is established as a stand-alone, autonomous institution operating under the auspices of HEC to improve the quality of teaching, research and governance in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across Pakistan.

Rationale of the course

Quality research produce healthy debate on issues thus brings innovative approaches to problem solution and fresh ideas for efficient public policy. Unfortunately, most of our universities lack policy oriented research. This results in dearth of local research on issues faced by the country, leading to reliance on international consultancies for the same. Resultantly, solutions offered by them look fancy, but are not sustainable, as these are not in line with the endogenous factors. Hence, in this backdrop, PIDE has built a 15 days rigorous training program for students and faculty. The core purpose of this program is that the participants should focus on basic of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and real economic/policy issues and questions, build their research argument keeping in view pressing challenges facing by the country, and use analyses as well as data to inform the people and policymakers of Pakistan.

Aims and objectives

This proposed workshop will attempt to address flowing objectives:

  1. To provide a knowledge-sharing/generating platform where students can present and share evidence-based research to inform decision-making in the government/policy making domain;
  2. To revisit the future policy agenda in line with the evidence produced in this program;
  3. To build capacity in line with contemporary research and help design policy oriented and applied research and teaching.

Potential Audience

Possible attendants of the course will be:

  1. Faculty of academic institutes of all the universities of Pakistan;
  2. Policy makers and government officials, especially who are involved in governance and economic related jobs;
  3. Development practitioners/early career researchers; and
  4. Post-graduate students/NGOs/INGOs/development professionals.

Contents to be covered

Course will highly focus on the ongoing socio-economic and governance issues of the country. Keeping in view following 15 key subject areas will be covered under the subject training program:

Day 1Fundamentals of MicroeconomicsIntroduction to applied microeconomics, Marginal Analysis, and Theory of Invisible HandDr. Shahid Razzaque and Dr. Karim Khan
Optimization problem – utility maximization, Consumer Optimization and Expenditure Minimization
Day 2Measuring Cost, Price setting, price changes and welfare effects 
Firm and their production decisions
Market Structures and its Applications
Day 3Fundamentals of MacroeconomicsInflation, unemployment, and monetary policyDr. Abdul Jalil and Dr. Naseem Faraz
Technology, technological progress, wages, unemployment, and standard of living 
Day 4Innovation, information, and the networked economy    
Economic Inequality
COVID-19 vis a vis economy
Day 5Econometric AnalysisEconomic Analysis and ToolsDr. Ahsan Satti & Dr. Amena Urooj
Day 6Fundamentals Of  Econometrics
Day7From State-Building to Nation-Building: Enabling Components for GrowthStable Democracy – a pre-requisite for growth and developmentDr. Nadeem ul Haque & Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad
Developing the blueprint for Governance
Judiciary for the contemporary times
Day 8Decoding Growth Constraints Poor investment climateDr. Idrees Khawja & Dr. Mehmood Khalid
The bigger foot-print of the government in the economy
High transaction cost making it difficult to do business
Terrorism and Sectarian issues
Day 9Vibrant Cities – The Engine of GrowthCities of the futureDr. Nadeem ul Haque & Aqeel Anwar
What is smart about smart cities?
Wealth of cities
Master Planning – what it is and what it creates?
Urban Development
Day 10Absence of Efficient and Effective Markets: The Possible Way OutDeveloping Real Estate MarketMr. Shahid Mehmood & Fida M. Khan
Agriculture Market: Challenges and Opportunities
Discussion on Energy Market
Day 11Institutions and DevelopmentUnderstanding the fundamentals of institutionsDr. Karim Khan and Mr. Saddam Hussein
Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance
The State of Institutional Reforms in Pakistan
Decentralization and Local governance
Rule of law
Day 12Targeted Transfer Programs and WellbeingEhsaas PrgorammeDr. Nasir Iqbal & Dr. Shujaat
Sehat Sahulat Programme
Effectiveness of Wellbeing Programmes
Day 13Unpacking the Crises of Education and Policy ResearchEducation and Research Culture in Pakistan: Challenges and OpportunitiesDr. Jehangir Khan & Mr. Saddam Hussein
Pakistan and the Need for Curriculum of the Future
Learning from the best practices around the world
Day  14Reducing the Transaction Costs: Time to Embrace TechnologyE-commerceDr. Shujaat Farooq &  Dr. Idrees Khawaja
Internet Access and its Significance
The Future is Digital: How Online Platforms Are Driving Global Economic Growth
Navigating People & Business through COVID-19: Gearing Up for the Future Way of Work
Day 15Leadership and Critical ThinkingHow to become an effective leader?Khurram Elahi Khan & Saddam Hussein
Understanding the basic components of the critical thinking

Mode of Lecture

The training workshop will have a hybrid mode. Primarily, lectures will be the online as it can facilitate a reasonable number of audiences. Due to COVID, online method will also be provided. Digital mode also would also offer flexibility to independent researchers and post-graduate students from across the country to attend easily from their respective regions. A dedicated Zoom account – having all the required features needed will be utilised to conduct these workshops.

PIDE, however, will provide space to around 50 participants in the premises of PIDE's building. PIDE will provide them with its own transport, which is used by its staff members and students on cost basis. No other facility including boarding, night stay or food will be provided.

All the lectures will be recorded and can be accessible to all participants through the cloud. Each lecture will comprise of 04 hours. Timing will be 03:00 - 07:00 PM PST. Following dates may be noted.

Open for ApplicationsAugust 11, 2021
Finalization of nomination and registration August 25, 2021
Start-up                                   August 30, 2021
Closure of CourseSeptember 17, 2021

Registration and Fee of Participants

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The fee for the program will be Rs. 15,000 payable in advance for this 60 hours program. Top 3 students having more 85% cumulative marks will get fee 100% refund. Details for registration can be accessed at or if you have any question you can mail to


It is pertinent to note that each participant will have to go through a thorough evaluation process. The evaluations will be gauged through digital quizzes, checked by the computer and the result will be shared with the students instantly. At least 50% attendance is must. Those, having minimum required attendance of 50% and minimum required score of 40% would be awarded certificates. The evaluation will be online through Microsoft Teams or Google Platform.

Account Details

HBL, Quaid e Azam University Branch, Islamabad

Account Title: PIDE Phd Account

Account # 02940010862301

For Detail:

Contact @ PIDEContact @ NAHE

Mr. Naveed

Cell # 0311-8558729

Ghulam Murtaza Goraya

Assistant Director NAHE