Hamna Ahmed obtained her PhD in Economics from University of Kent. Before that, she obtained her MSc. in Economics from University of Warwick. She is an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Centre for Research in Economics and Business, Lahore School of Economics. Her research interests include child health, decision-making by individuals and small groups and performance of non-state institutions. Her PhD dissertation explored the short and long term effects of early life exposure to weather shocks on child health in Pakistan and India. It also examined the process of decision making within community-based organizations in rural Pakistan. Her current research uses experiments to study whether systematic self-reporting and non-financial incentives can be used to improve performance of non-state institutions. In addition, it aims to understand how donors respond to new information on performance of non-state institutions like community based organizations and non-profit organizations. Her research has been supported by the British Academy, World Bank funded Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), International Growth Centre (IGC), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries (PEDL).
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