Highlights

  • Ebola
    Blog Post

    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...

  • Voting maybe
    Project

    The Impact of Information on Voter Knowledge...

    Kelly Bidwell, Rachel Glennerster, Katherine E. Casey

    Evidence from India and Brazil suggests that increased information about politician performance can result in lower vote shares for low-performing or corrupt representatives. Using the 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, this paper looks at the impact of public screenings of debates between electoral candidates on voting outcome. In the run-up to the November 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, implementing partner Search for Common Ground filmed debates between rival candidates for membership in parliament. From a total of 264 polling centres, 112 were randomly assigned to receive...

  • Sierra Leone Community Development
    Project

    Community-driven development in post-conflict...

    Edward Miguel, Rachel Glennerster, Katherine E. Casey

    A significant analysis of the popular community driven development (CDD) programmes in post-war Sierra Leone has found that although CDD has positive impacts on enhancing the quality of local public goods and improved household economic welfare, it does not increase participation in local governance as previously believed. Despite the World Bank’s push for greater community participation in economic development, this experiment conducted by Katherine Casey (Brown University), Rachel Glennerster (MIT) and Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley) finds that CDD has no significant impact on long term...