Dr Asma Hyder is dean and professor at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. She is also former member social sector and devolution at the Planning Commission, Ministry of Planning Development and Reform, Islamabad. She is recipient of Fulbright J. William Award for International Understanding and did her post doctorate from University of Pennsylvania, USA. She has been a visiting research fellow at University of Sussex, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and Carleton University, Canada. Her research interest focuses broadly on development issues and specifically different labour market issues, wage differentials, schooling, gender, health and social wellbeing. Besides working on Pakistan’s social issues, she is also studying the household behavior and preferences toward child schooling during and after economic and climatic shocks in extremely vulnerable and poorest societies of the world. Her regional interest includes South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.