OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Michael Callen, a PhD scholar of the Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, USA will conduct research study of 'Punjab Model of Proactive Governance to assess its role in improving the public sector governance through proficient use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He is working along-side Dr Ali Hasnain, a faculty member at LUMS who graduated from George Mason University in Economics. An official handout issued on Sunday said that the logic behind the Punjab Model is to reduce corruption by harnessing the power of Information and Communication Technologies to quickly aggregate information necessary to effectively monitor the public officials. Quoting Mr Callen, the handout said that his core motivation for joining this research was due to the fact that Punjab Model has the necessary potential to scale across many services to reduce corruption. Cellular monitoring works because of evidence from Randomized Control Trial evaluations; but if a similar logic holds for service provision, then there is much more potential to create positive change. He will also attempt a rigorous Randomized Control Trial evaluation in collaboration with Dr Hasnain of the Economics Department at LUMS. Michael Callen pointed out that this programme is extremely promising as corruption thrives where it is difficult to gather information on misbehaviour. It is important to note that the costs of gathering such information have gone virtually to zero because of ICT innovations, and so this should remove a broad class of misbehaviours, says Callen. He will begin a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Institute for Global Conflict & Cooperation and at the Center of Evaluation for Global Action at UC, Berkeley in coming August. Previously, Michael has worked on Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) of Information and Communication Technology Development Innovations in different countries. He holds a BSc degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the prestigious London School of Economics, UK and has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund. While sharing his views about Pakistan with an officer of Punjab government, Callen termed Pakistan as a fantastic country. He said: The students at LUMS are talented and ambitious, much more than the graduates at top US schools and the faculty is also first rate. The Government seems serious about fixing problems and also serious about having a credible understanding of what it doe, he concluded.