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    Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

    19 January 2017 | Brad Parks

    How concerned would you be if a third of your country's land was granted to foreign investors? Liberia has pinned its hopes for economic development on foreign direct investment, granting somewhere between 21% and 38% of the country's land to investors, or concessionaires, in the agriculture, forestry and mining sectors. However, a 2011 survey of nearly 1500 rural and...

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    From moving vehicles to moving people: Designing a mass public transportation system for Kampala

    17 January 2017 | Astrid Haas

    In developing countries like Uganda, urbanisation holds the key to achieving productivity and is therefore the foundation for economic growth. Urbanisation is able to spur productivity by supporting the shift of workers from low productivity sectors and jobs in agriculture, to higher productivity jobs in manufacturing. The ability of urbanisation to foster a...

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    The six biggest challenges facing Pakistan's urban future

    16 January 2017 | Hina Shaikh, Ijaz Nabi

    Pakistan is among the most urbanized countries of South Asia. As challenges mount, urban planning is gradually finding space in the policy discourse. This is the first of three blog posts on Pakistan’s rapid urbanization. It discusses the pace of urbanization and the major problems associated with it. This will be followed by posts on how the government is responding to...

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    China’s industrial policy fosters collusion

    11 January 2017 | Joe Kaboski, Wyatt Brooks, Yao Amber Li, Vikas Dimble

    China’s economic growth is often attributed to the rapid proliferation of special economic zones (SEZ). New research suggests that gains to firms arising from the preferential tax and regulatory incentives for locating inside an SEZ, may come at a cost to consumers. Clustering may equally promote competition and collusion among firms in SEZs; could benefits from collusion...

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    Reforming fossil fuel subsidies provides opportunity to better target government support towards women and children

    10 January 2017 | Shruti Sharma, Laura Merrill, Christopher Beaton, Lucy Kitson

    A new report from the Global Subsidies Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) finds that Bangladeshi, Indian and Nigerian governments can significantly curb poverty among women and children in their countries by redesigning fossil fuel subsidies.   Fossil Fuel subsidies fail to reach households with greatest needs Globally,...

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    Four approaches to unleashing Pakistan’s growth

    9 January 2017 | Shehryar Nabi

    A recent seminar in Islamabad titled “Creating Capabilities for Growth”, organised by the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR), presented IGC-funded studies to an audience of academics, policymakers, development professionals, politicians and business leaders and fostered discussions to connect research to...

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    The inadequacy of South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policy

    5 January 2017 | Vrinda Chopra

    Vrinda Chopra analyses the detrimental effects of the BBBEE on smallholder farmers and cooperatives in South Africa. The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) of South Africa is a landmark policy for reversing the historical marginalisation of Black, Coloured and Indian people in the country. The policy outlines a scorecard that promotes non-white ownership,...

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    You can pay me through my cell phone: Mobile money in Sierra Leone

    4 January 2017 | Sarah Logan, Nadia Hasham

    This past March, the International Growth Centre (IGC), in partnership with the Bank of Sierra Leone, held the ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa as they seek to replicate successes from East and Southern Africa. In March 2016, the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Bank of Sierra...

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    “Even when class conditions are equalised, caste seems to have an independent effect on future life outcomes” – Ashwini Deshpande

    27 December 2016 | Ashwini Deshpande

    In November Professor Ashwini Deshpande presented a new paper on caste, class and social mobility to an audience of academics and researchers at the South Asia Centre. After the seminar she spoke to Sonali Campion about the survey design for the paper, its initial findings and the challenge of measuring social mobility among women.   Could you start by outlining the main...

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    Drivers for diversification: Firm productivity and export growth

    21 December 2016 | Herryman Moono

    During the past decade of relatively high copper prices, Zambia enjoyed high GDP growth rates but employment growth has been inadequate and narrowly concentrated.  Growth rates have declined sharply since 2014 due in large part to declining copper prices which reduced exports and foreign exchange earnings while putting pressure on exchange rates. Given these developments,...

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