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Support prices: where is the change?

Support prices: where is the change?

In the past week alone, the economic wizards of federal government have twice sat together to deliberate commodity support prices. Price for 40kg wheat has...

Price control in Riyasat-e-Madina

Price control in Riyasat-e-Madina

Milton Friedman is quoted to have said that "if the federal government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would...

The future of work

The future of work

Businesses in Pakistan may be put into three kind of boxes: the aging legacy types, corporates or  family-owned SMEs, that have adopted some level of...

Exports: High volumes alone won’t cut it

Exports: High volumes alone won’t cut it

The current account deficit for September 2019 at $259 million would have sounded extremely outlandish a year ago. But it is happening. And it is...

Pakistan needs PPP

Pakistan needs PPP

Governments in Pakistan, including provincial ones, do not have money to spend on development. Private sector is cash rich – and the economic growth model...

Rising onion prices bring tears

Rising onion prices bring tears

Back in January, while commenting on the rabi crop projections for FY19, SBP’s State of the Economy report had noted that “anecdotal evidence suggests that...

On cellphone imports

On cellphone imports

It’s probably a false alarm. As per central bank data, mobile phone imports came in at roughly $74 million for July 2019 (August numbers are...

Much ado about 5G

Much ado about 5G

The quest to bring 5G to Pakistan is off to a controversial start. Last month, Zong marketed itself as “the first and only telecom operator...

Inflation holds the key

Inflation holds the key

Central banks are like ocean liners they take time to change directions. Something on those lines was the SBP Governor in a post MPS analysts...

Textbooks economics and support prices

Textbooks economics and support prices

It has been repeatedly highlighted that support price mechanism create distortions in commodity markets by de-coupling producer’s cost from international prices. Since indicative prices are...

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