In this Urdu discussion, Uzair talks to Shahid Mehmood about a recent article he published which showed how major issues since at least the 1980s continue to plague the economy. The discussion focuses on key drivers of these issues, why policy does not change to deal with this reality, and includes updates on economic developments in the former FATA regions.
Shahid Mehmood is an economist and research fellow at PIDE.
You can read his article here – www.dawn.com/news/1669368
You can read the PIDE Growth Strategy here – pide.org.pk/Research/PIDE-Reform-Agenda-Report.pdf
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
2:00 Why do the same problems persist?
9:30 Using taxes to plug imbalances
13:20 Potential of pharmaceuticals
17:10 Welfare v. entrepreneurship
24:14 Building a culture of innovation
27:50 Occupation of public lands
35:52 Economy of the ex-FATA regions
44:30 How can the trajectory be corrected?
52:20 Reading recommendations