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    Curse of anonymity or tyranny of distance? The impacts of job-search support in urban Ethiopia

    21 July 2016 | Simon Franklin, Stefano Caria

    Urban jobs are key drivers of economic growth in developing countries. Finding ways to connect and match young and skilled workers with better jobs remains a key policy challenge. In Ethiopia, experiments with training and transport subsidies show great promise. Unemployment is high among young people in Africa, especially in urban areas. While many young people come to...

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    How much will people pay for clean air? Evidence from China

    18 July 2016 | Koichiro Ito

    Pollution is no doubt a major problem. But how much are people willing to pay to get rid of it? The answer: A lot. But, it also depends on a person’s income. That’s what my coauthor and I found in a new study. The findings come as leaders in emerging economies like China and India ramp up efforts to confront pollution. We provide a key metric to help them decide which...

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    Brexit: Why Africa will lose a voice in Brussels but gain the best of both worlds

    18 July 2016 | Olu Fasan

    The recent British referendum results have unleashed considerable panic and anxiety both in and out of Europe. Olu Fasan explores what a British exit from the EU could mean for African trading partnerships. The world has talked about little else since Britain voted in a referendum on June 23 to leave the European Union (EU). Everyone, it seems, is transfixed by the...

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    Could emerging economies change the rules of the global labour standards game?

    13 July 2016 | Kuntala Bandyopadhyay

    In an increasingly global marketplace, the ramping up of trade has drastically altered the way goods are manufactured and sold. State and civil society must act together in emerging markets if they hope to shape global labour standards in a way that protects both workers and their environment. The issue of global labour standards has been at the forefront of both...

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    Start your engines: Automobile exports, comparing India and China

    12 July 2016 | Saon Ray, Smita Miglani

    Relying much more heavily on domestically grown lead-firms, India’s car manufacturing industry, in contrast to China’s, has benefited at a slower pace from global best-practices. India is the second fastest growing market for automobile and auto-components in the world after China. The automobile sector in India and China developed due to waves of investment in these...

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    When models fall short: Evidence from Chinese road infrastructure investments

    11 July 2016 | Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Vernon Henderson, Matthew Turner, Qinghua Zhang, Loren Brandt

    Despite limits to data quality and to the possibilities for recovering causal relationships between infrastructure investment, urbanisation and economic growth, quantitative models may prove to be weak substitutes for direct empirical evidence. For evidence based policymaking, research technique matters. Policymakers around the world face important choices about which...

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    Thank you for your patronage: How social connections impact bureaucratic efficiency

    29 June 2016 | Guo Xu

    When promotions are more about whom you know than what you know, chances are that the top jobs, even in the public sector, don’t go to the most ablest or hardest working employees, but to the best connected. This can affect the ability of bureaucracies to regulate, implement reforms and provide public resources conducive to development and growth. Today's blog looks at...

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    New IGC Annual Report

    27 June 2016 | Upaasna Kaul

    2015 marked a significant ramp up in the International Growth Centre’s efforts to generate new and collaborative ideas with the aim of reducing poverty and powering growth in our partner countries. Recognising that effective policy comes from researchers and policymakers working together, we have renewed our focus on cultivating an integrated research agenda and deepening...

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    Remittances and credit markets: Complementarities and evidence from Senegal

    23 June 2016 | Linguère Mbaye

    In markets that lack access to formal financial institutions, remittance flows and credit can serve as complementary resource channels to help alleviate the impact of shocks to households. This blog looks at the effect of remittance flows on credit access for households in rural Senegal. Remittances are crucial to many developing countries and in particular in...

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    Minor relaxations of immigration policy will not make up for the economic impacts of a Brexit in the UK or India

    22 June 2016 | Swati Dhingra

    As the EU referendum approaches, Swati Dhingra considers how a Brexit is likely to affect British Asians and India’s economy. She writes that although Leave promises of eased immigration restrictions on Indians might appear attractive, they cannot make up for the severe economic consequences on the British, EU and global economies that a vote to leave would entail. This...

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