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AQI and population growth

The recent rise in Lahore’s smog levels were anything but unprecedented; the city is perhaps the most polluted in the world as it ranks above 100 on the Air Quality…

Growth model needs to be long term

Pakistan has never achieved impressive growth rates in its history with the highest rate (average) achieved in the 1960s of 6.8 percent (attributed to the Korean War that enabled the…

Capital suggestion: Growth strategy

The clock is ticking for Pakistan’s economic future. Decades of unrealized potential and missed opportunities cast a long shadow. Yet, Pakistan holds immense promise. Imagine harnessing the energy of a…

Fixing energy to fix growth

Pakistan is stuck in a low-growth trap. Consumption makes up almost 100 per cent of GDP, largely financed by imports, while the investment-to-GDP ratio continues to hover around 12 per…

Why emphasis on export-led growth becomes imperative

In the expansive arena of economic governance, Ludwig von Mises’ profound assertion resonates: “If one rejects laissez-faire on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must, for the same…

Gender and population

ACCORDING to Pakistan’s 2023 census, our country’s population has officially surpassed the 240 million mark — an increase of 33.8m people since the previous census in 2017. The growth rate jumped…

Where are we on population?

The year 2018 saw a significant moment in the history of population discourse in the country when the then-chief justice of Pakistan took suo-motu notice of the high population growth…

Population and the NFC

According to the 7th Population Census results announced recently, Pakistan’s population has crossed a staggering 241 million as against 208 million in the 2017 census – registering an increase of…

Escaping the low-growth trap

Pakistan’s economy is now effectively stuck in a low-growth trap. The composition of the economy is heavily tilted towards consumption, with household and government consumption making up more than 97.6…