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Sadia Hussain


Sadia Hussain is a Research Fellow at CREB. Her research interests are in the areas of applied microeconomics, political economy and behavioral economics. Her work is mostly on women and marginalized communities. In one of her research projects, with Kashf Foundation, she highlights the impact and constraints faced in the use of health microinsurance by female microfinance borrowers. She finds physical distance to hospital and dearth of listed health facilities can deter women from using the program despite paying for it. In a similar context, she also evaluates the impact of introducing telehealth clinic services on microfinance borrowers, a group that is highly constrained in mobility and decision-making. More recently, her ongoing work in collaboration with Duke University and The Citizen’s Foundation, explores the learning losses experienced by students belonging to a lower socio-economic background due to COVID-19.
Email: syedasadiahussain@gmail.com
Google Website: https://sites.google.com/view/sadiahussain/home

Journal Articles

The Role of Bundling in promoting Sustainability of Health Insurance: Evidence from Pakistan (with Hamna Ahmed), Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance, Volume 44-5, 2019

Diversification on Small farms: An Empirical Investigation of Panel Data for 2001-10 (with Farah Said), The Lahore Journal of Economics, 22: SE, 233 - 250, 2017

Working Papers

Ethnic Diversity, Concentration of Political Power and the Curse of Natural Resources (with Waqar Wadho), GLO Discussion Paper, No. 611, 2020

The Theory of the Natural Resource Curse: A Political Economy View (with Waqar Wadho), CREB Working Paper, No. 01-17, 2017

Other Publications

COVID-19 and well-being of female borrowers in Lahore, Pakistan (with Hamna Ahmed and Muhammad Ahmed Nazif), CREB Policy Brief, No. 03-20, 2020

Utilization of Health Microinsurance: Evidence from Focus Group Discussions (with Hamna Ahmed and Muhammad Ahmed Nazif), CREB Policy Paper, No. 02-19, 2019

Utilization of Health Microinsurance in Punjab: Insights from Administrative Data (with Hamna Ahmed), CREB Policy Paper, No. 01-19, 2019

Presentations at Conferences

Ethnic Diversity, Concentration of Political Power and the Curse of Natural Resources (with Waqar Wadho), Twentieth International Conference on Public Economic Theory Conference, Strasbourg, France, 2019

Diversification on Small Farms: An Empirical Investigation of Panel Data for 2001–10 (with Farah Said), Thirteenth International Conference on the Management of the Pakistan Economy, Lahore School of Economics, 2017

Presentations at Seminars and Workshops

Learning Loss during COVID-19: Evidence from Pakistan (with Hamna Ahmed, Ijaz Bajwa and Kate Vyborny) Lahore School/LUMS/Duke DevLab Joint Workshop, 2020

The Role of Bundling in promoting Sustainability of Health Insurance: Evidence from Pakistan (with Hamna Ahmed and Muhammad Ahmed Nazif) Gender and Health Microinsurance: Research Prospects and Challenges, Lahore School of Economics, 2019

Research in Progress

Learning Losses from COVID-19 in collaboration with The Citizen’s Foundation Foundation (with Hamna Ahmed, Ijaz Bajwa, Kate Vyborny)

Leveraging Technology to Promote Women's Health and Bargaining Power: Evidence from a Pilot Program (with Hamna Ahmed and Muhammad Ahmed Nazif)

Political Distortions and Production Responses: Evidence from Wheat Procurement in Pakistan (with Ignacio Rodriguez Hurtado and Kate Vyborny)

Behavior Insights for Evidence Based Policy Making (with Sonia Balhotra, Asia Maselko, Farah Said and Siham Sikander)