Management Practices in Manufacturing

Recent literature has documented surprising differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and more developed countries (Syverson 2011, Hsieh and Klenow 2009, Joner and Romer 2010). Poor management practices are likely an important factor behind the lower levels of development in Asia, Africa and Latin America, hampering the manufacturing sector’s ability to innovate, exploit new technologies and react to the challenges and opportunities of globalization.


Reclaiming Prosperity in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: A Medium Term Strategy for Inclusive Growth

The citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have suffered a series of external shocks over an extended period of time that has eroded living standards. These include the fall-out from over three decades of the Afghan conflict, spill-over of the militancy in FATA, devastation caused by the 2005 earthquake, internal displacement of 3 million people following the conflict in Swat in 2009, and the damage inflicted by unprecedented floods in 2010.

The Diffusion of Mobile Money: Evidence from a Lab Experiment in the Field

The success story of M-PESA in Kenya raised hopes that massive mobile money adoption would promote financial inclusion of the poor. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa where the poor had very limited access to formal financial services before the introduction of mobile money technology. In Mozambique, recent research has shown considerable adoption of mobile money in rural areas within one year of its introduction. However, it remains to be understood how information and adoption diffusion occurs in the case of this innovation.


Local Content and Tanzania's Industrial Development

Tuesday, 10th June 2014

On Tuesday 10th June 2014, IGC researcher John Sutton delivered the Bank of Tanzania’s Seventh Gilman Rutihinda Memorial Lecture, on the topic of “Gains from the Natural Gas: Local Content and Tanzania’s Industrial Development”. The lecture was chaired by Bank of Tanzania Governor Prof. Benno Ndulu, and was attended by over 150 stakeholders from the Bank of Tanzania, Government departments, civil society organisations, donors and the private sector.


Paths to Development: Is there a Bangladesh Surprise?

Using aggregate indices of education, health, demographic, and gender equality outcomes, we empirically investigate the hypothesis that Bangladesh achieved a higher level of social development compared with countries of similar level of per capita income. Stylized facts and cross-country regression results support this hypothesis for a broad range of dimensions. Further tests show that such achievements do not simply reflect income-mediated channels and social expenditure programs.


IGC – Political Economy Working Group Workshop

Thursday, 12th June 2014

On Thursday 12 June the IGC's Political Economy Working Group held a workshop at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) in Stockholm, Sweden. This meeting was scheduled the day before a meeting of the CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics, held jointly with the PODER network. The date was picked in order to take advantage of the presence of several scholars in development that travelled to Stockholm for the occasion.

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