The November edition of Ideas for Growth highlighted a new IGC working paper examining the impact of roads on crop prices at market.
The IGC's inaugural Africa Growth Forum is happening this week from Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th December!
The forum will be the first region-wide meeting of IGC network researchers, researchers based in the region and senior policymakers centered on the major economic policy issues and challenges to sustainable economic growth in our partner countries. It is being held in conjunction with the Bank of Uganda and the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda.
The IGC India-Central Programme in conjunction with the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is organising its fourth annual growth conference on 17-18 December 2013 at the ISI, Delhi Centre. The conference will bring together researchers and policymakers to present and discuss the implications of research produced by the India Central Programme in Phase I of its operation, on various issues central to India's growth and development, and to identify questions for future research.
The purpose of this paper is to explore whether Liberia’s rich history with private and mission schools presents an opportunity today to improve the educational outcomes of students across both public and private schools.
Using a road-level regression discontinuity design in Sierra Leone, we study the impacts of improvements in rural road infrastructure on crop prices in rural markets. We show that the improved roads reduced market prices of local crops. These price effects are stronger in markets that are further from major urban centers and in less productive areas. In addition, these price effects are reversed in areas with better cell phone penetration.
This study is made up of two essays on the “Determinants of the Zambian Kwacha”. The first essay gives a critical analysis of the short term determinants of the Kwacha and draws implications for the exchange rate policy.
The second essay specifically interrogates whether either the copper price or industrial diversification is a key long-run determinant of the Kwacha and also draws implications for the exchange rate policy.
A new policy brief from Ila Patnaik, Ajay Shah and Nirvikar Singh emphasises the value of detailed empirical analysis as a precursor to any policymaking.
It examines the topic of the financial stability implications of globalisation, as well as asking whether extreme events in world markets induce extreme behaviour by foreign investors, thus making them vectors of crisis transmission.
The IGC invites researchers to submit proposals for high-calibre research projects relevant to growth policies in developing countries. The deadline is 11:59pm GMT, 30th November 2013.
The IGC is building on previous work and streamlining its research with a sharper focus on key research questions that are relevant for growth within the following four broad themes, where we have also received great interest from policymakers: (i) state effectiveness, (ii) firm capabilities, (iii) cities, and (iv) energy.