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    The tale and maths of universal basic income

    Commenting on the discussion on universal basic income in the recently released Economic Survey, Jean Drèze argues that UBI is an idea whose time will come, but that time is still quite distant as far as India is concerned. The Economic Survey 2016-17, released on 31 January, gives a much-awaited view of the government’s (or at least the Chief Economic Adviser’s)...

    20 February 2017 | Jean Drèze

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    Food fights: Food prices and civil conflict in Africa

    Over one million people have died from direct exposure to civil conflict in Africa since the end of the Cold War alone. What causal role do economic factors play in this tragedy? We study the effect of world food prices on violence across the continent, finding that the impact depends on both the type of conflict and whether a region mainly produces or consumes food. The...

    14 February 2017 | Marshall Burke, Eoin F. McGuirk

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    An economist’s view on recent domestic and world events

    Dilip Mookherjee spoke to Hindu Business Line at length on a variety of issues including demonetisation, the upcoming Budget, and the Trump Presidency’s impact on the world economy. Excerpts: What are your views on the recent demonetisation exercise? Yes I’m struck by the audaciousness of the move, I don’t know how well planned it was. In terms of motives one can...

    13 February 2017 | Dilip Mookherjee

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    Interfirm relationships and business performance in Nanchang (China)

    In the quest for identifying barriers to firm growth, much attention has been paid to barriers that act at the level of the individual firm. But firms do not operate in a vacuum: business relationships are potentially highly influential. An experiment in Nanchang, China was conducted to measure their importance. Regular meetings between the managers of young firms...

    9 February 2017 | Jing Cai, Adam Szeidl

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    The effects of electricity grid access on Indonesian manufacturing firms

    Matching data on electricity grid access in Java, Indonesia with census data on the island’s manufacturing firms, allowed for an estimate to be made of the causal impact of such access on various firm outcomes. Preliminary results show that access to electricity increases firm revenue, capital, and investment. These results are potentially important in guiding policy and...

    8 February 2017 | Dana Kassem

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    South Sudan’s crisis is complex, but there’s a way out of war and fragility

    South Sudan has faced significant challenges since civil war broke out in December 2013. The violence was triggered by disagreements between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. Since then conflict has become widespread and has flared in previously peaceful regions. Atrocities are taking on an increasingly ethnic nature. With the very limited...

    7 February 2017 | Sarah Logan, Peter Biar Ajak

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    Urban density, trust, and knowledge sharing in Lusaka

    A recent IGC study looks at the relationship between urban density, in the context of Lusaka, trust and knowledge sharing among small-scale  manufacturing firms. Zambia’s urban population is set to reach 12 million by 2030 – double its urban population as of 2015. Economic theory suggests that urban density can facilitate economic growth through agglomeration...

    31 January 2017 | Alexia Delfino, Nicholas Swanson

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    Study provides fresh insights into the benefits of mobile money in Kenya

    A recently published study on the long-run effects of mobile money on economic outcomes in Kenya provides some valuable insights that will benefit economic development and financial inclusion policies across Africa. The study found that increased access to mobile money has reduced poverty in Kenya, particularly among female-headed households. Rapid expansion of mobile...

    25 January 2017 | Sarah Logan

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    From conversation to action: The role of women empowerment in transforming Africa

    Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi discusses the investment needed to further harness the potential for women on the African continent in transforming their societies. The annals of history are littered with factual accounts of successful women, some leaders of nations, others champions of social transformation with global consequence. While their true number may yet be a matter...

    24 January 2017 | Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi

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    How Zimbabwe can embrace the future of work

    Local contexts must be given as much prominence as global in the debate about the future of work, argues LSE’s McDonald Lewanika. The future of work is at the centre of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) centenary conversations for 2019 when it turns 100. This multi-sector global debate focuses on four conversations: work and society; decent jobs;...

    23 January 2017 | McDonald Lewanika