Hamna Ahmed

Hamna is a Senior Research Fellow at CREB and Assistant Professor at the Lahore School of Economics. Her research focuses on the behavior of individuals and small groups in low-income settings. Her research interests are in the areas of behavioural economics, gender, education, and performance of non-state institutions. She studies constraints faced by young women from low-income households in entering the workforce, and their labor market decisions when exposed to positive role models. In other work, she studies the demand for health microinsurance and telehealth services among female microfinance borrowers, the constraints they face in take-up and the effect of such programs on their physical and mental health outcomes. In a nationwide study, Hamna is testing the effect of systematic self-reporting and non-financial incentives on the performance of community-based, non-state institutions. In follow-up work to this study, she focuses on understanding how donor organizations respond to bottom-up information on the efficiency of non-state institutions. Hamna is co-PI on several collaborative projects with local and international researchers from the Lahore School of Economics, Oxford, Duke and Exeter. Her research has been supported by several international competitive grants such as the GLM, PEDL, NSF and the IGC.

Learning Losses from COVID-19 in collaboration with The Citizen’s Foundation (with IjazBajwa,Sadia Hussain and Kate Vyborny)

The unintended consequences of accountability: Quasi-experimental evidence from policing in Pakistan (with Dareen Latif and Kate Vyborny)

Leveraging technology to promote women's health and bargaining power: Evidence from a pilot program (with Sadia Hussain and Muhammad Ahmed Nazif)

Overcoming Constraints to Female Labor Force Entry: Do role model interventions work? (with Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said and Zunia Saif Tirmazee)

Institutional Capacity as an Organizational Challenge: A Field Experiment in Pakistan (with Simon Quinn and Kate Vyborny). RAs: Ahsan Ansari, Salman Khalid, Saheem Khizer, Shahmir-ul-Haq, Abbas Raza and Yushma Umar

Incentivizing NGOs: A Field Experiment in Pakistan (with Simon Quinn and Kate Vyborny). RAs: Ahsan Ansari, Salman Khalid, SaheemKhizer, Shahmir-ul-Haq, Abbas Raza and Yushma Umar

Working Papers

Leveraging technology to promote women's health: Evidence from a pilot program (with Sadia Hussain and Muhammad Ahmed Nazif) GLO Discussion Paper No. 939 (2021)

Student Experiences and Outcomes during COVID-19 (with IjazBajwa, Sadia Hussainand Kate Vyborny) Insights for TCF, 2021

Determinants of School Choice: Evidence from Rural Punjab, Pakistan (with Masooma Habib, Syed Ahsan Shah and Sahar Amjad Sheikh), CREB Working Paper, No. 01-13, 2013

Journal Articles

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

Determinants of School Choice: Evidence from Rural Punjab, Pakistan (with Sahar Amjad Sheikh),The Lahore Journal of Economics, 19(1), pp.1-30, 2014

Patterns of Export Diversification, Evidence from Pakistan (with Naved Hamid),The Lahore Journal of Economics, SE Vol. 19, 307-326, 2014

The Impact of Public School Enrolment on Child Labour in Punjab, Pakistan Lahore Journal of Economics, Vol. 17:2, pp.1-34, 2012

Determinants of Export Performance in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from South Asia (with Farah Said), Pakistan Development Review, Special Edition 57 (4), 2012

What Determines Innovation in the Manufacturing Sector? Evidence from Pakistan (with Mahreen Mahmud),Pakistan Development Review, Special Edition 53 (4), 2011

Financing Constraints; Determinants and Implications for Firm Growth in Pakistan (with Naved Hamid), The Lahore Journal of Economics, Vol. 16, 2011

Capital Flows and Real Exchange Rate Overvaluation -A Chronic Ailment: Evidence from Pakistan, The Lahore Journal of Economics, Volume 14, Special Edition, pp.51-86, 2009

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The unintended consequences of accountability: Quasi-experimental evidence from policing in Pakistan (with Dareen Latif and Kate Vyborny), Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Conference, 2022

Political Influences on Police Responses to Crime (with Dareen Latif and Kate Vyborny), ISI Dehli Conference, 2021

Political Influences on Police Responses to Crime (with Dareen Latif and Kate Vyborny), Third International Conference on Applied Development Economics, 2021

Political Influences on Police Responses to Crime (with Dareen Latif and Kate Vyborny), NOVAFRICA Webinar Series on Economic Development, 2021

Political Influences on Police Responses to Crime (with Dareen Latif and Kate Vyborny), Workshop on the Political Economy of South Asia (WPESA), 2021

Undergraduate Female Students in Lahore: Perceived Constraints to Female Labour Force Participation (with Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said and Zunia Saif Tirmazee), GIGA Lunch Time Seminar, University of Hamburg, 2021

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Co-convener (with Maryiam Haroon, Farah Said and Zunia Saif Tirmazee) Applied Development Economics Conference, Lahore School of Economics, 2021

Conducted skills training workshop on Impact Evaluation Toolkit (with Hijab Waheed), Lahore School of Economics, 2021

Co-convener (with Maryiam Haroon and Farah Said) Applied Development Economics Conference, Lahore School of Economics, 2018, 2019, 2020

CERP-CLEAR Evidence Based Program Design Workshop (with Farah Said and Anam Shoaib), 2020

Shared knowledge and experience in the field on Behavioral Economics in Policy Making (with Fadi Makki and Farah Said), National School of Public Policy, Lahore, 2020

Share knowledge and experience in the field (with Farah Said), Behavioral Economics in Policy Making, National School of Public Policy, Lahore, 2019