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    The Economic Impact of Ebola – October 2014...

    Uncertainty about the exchange rate, restrictions on shipping routes, reduced activity by informal traders fearing infection from Ebola and the cordon imposed around Kenema and Kailahun has the potential to interrupt the trade of basic commodities across the country. We therefore collected data on food availability, prices, and number of traders in 153 markets throughout Sierra Leone (with the exception of Western Area Urban) in the week of 19-27 August 2014. Note that these are prices in the markets only. Many communities rely on traders taking the food to villages and therefore these...

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    Assessing the economic effects of Ebola

    Phil Thornton

    The outbreak of Ebola has highlighted the need for economists to assess the impact of the crisis. Very tentative findings by researchers at the International Growth Centre have flagged up warning signs on jobs, sales and the state of food markets In the midst of a severe health emergency such as the outbreak of Ebola that has struck the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it is clear the first priority must be to help the sick and contain the spread of the disease. But it is equally clear that the economies of these countries will be devastated. The numbers of...

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    Call for Proposals (Ebola)

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) is issuing a call for proposals for research and design on the economics of the Ebola outbreak, under the IGC’s Liberia and Sierra Leone Country Programmes. Early analysis indicates that the economic costs of the epidemic will be significant, and the economic aspects of the crisis—including panic, a loss in confidence, a reduction in market interactions, a breakdown in formal systems and institutions, reduced supply of essential goods, and potentially increased prices—will require economic logic and research. We invite expressions of interest...