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    Resource discoveries, FDI bonanzas, and local development: Evidence from Mozambique

    The natural resource price boom of the 2000s and the accompanying discoveries, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa, revived economists’ interest into the effect of resources on development. One notable insight is that discoveries themselves should be of interest to economists as they have their own economic consequences before extraction happens. Indeed, recent research...

    7 Apr 2017 | Gerhard Toews, Pierre-Louis Vezina

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    How regional trade can contribute to the development of East Africa's border areas

    Context and motivation In East Africa as well as other regions of the world, border regions tend to be less economically developed than interior ones : Night lights captured by satellites are on average 35 percent less intense at land borders than two hundred kilometers inland. Such “border shadows” are both a cause and a consequence of national boundaries. Country...

    31 Mar 2017 | Olivier Cadot, Alexander Himbert, Marius Brülhart

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    The importance of firm networks: Methods and evidence from transaction-level administrative data

    How does the success or failure of one firm depend on its business linkages to other firms? Questions about firm-to-firm economic interactions are largely open because reliable and representative micro-data on firm transactions is hard to come by. We can shine some light on this problem by relying on a novel administrative data set of firm-to-firm transactions in Ecuador....

    23 Mar 2017 | Paul Carrillo, Dave Donaldson, Dina D. Pomeranz, Monica Singhal

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    Myanmar's remittance economy

    Economic challenges within Myanmar over the past half-century have led to a large emigration of workers to neighbouring countries such as Thailand. Here economic opportunities are greater, wages higher, and demand for less skilled labour larger – all acting as pull factors for migrants. As a result, Myanmar has become the largest migration source country in the Greater...

    22 Mar 2017 | Randall Akee, Devesh Kapur

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    Understanding slum formation and designing an urban housing policy for the poor in Bihar

    Bihar with just an urban population of 11 percent as against 31 percent for India, is the least urbanised among the major states, although it has the highest density of population in the country (1193 person per square km.). The state has the highest population growth rate in India, but the growing labour force is absorbed largely in the urban areas outside the state (IHD,...

    21 Mar 2017 | Abhinav Alakshendra

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    Supply chains, exports, and import-substitution

    The two biggest policy priorities of the Rwandan Ministry of Industry, Trade and EAC Affairs (MINEACOM) currently relate to the promotion of exports, and the reduction of the import bill through ‘domestic market recapturing’. This project will conduct two small studies that utilise firm-level tax data to better understand the dynamics and constraints in both these...

    20 Mar 2017 | John Spray

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    Recruitment, motivation, and retention effects of teacher performance pay

    Skilled and intrinsically motivated personnel are central to state capacity, yet the capability to recruit, elicit effort from, and retain this profile of civil servants remains a challenge in many developing countries. In this project, we ask whether performance contracts for teachers in Rwanda can affect not only the effort provided by existing teachers, but also the...

    17 Mar 2017 | Andrew Zeitlin, Clare Leaver

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    Establishing responsive linkages between politicians and voters in Pakistan

    This project provides politicians in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province useful tools to gather actionable information about voter preferences over public goods and, reciprocally, provides voters high-value information about upcoming policy decisions. Elections are blunt instruments for ensuring responsiveness by public officials to voter preferences. At best,...

    16 Mar 2017 | Miriam Golden, Luke Sonnet, Saad Gulzar

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    Export transitions, productivity, and the supply chain

    Context and motivation Transitioning from selling goods domestically to exporting for the first time is probably the biggest change any firm is likely to undertake. Extant empirical research suggests that new exporters, when faced with international competitive pressures and with new demand for higher quality and larger markets, grow, become more productive, and invest...

    15 Mar 2017 | John Spray

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    The potential of taxing vacant land in Kampala’s central business district

    In a previous IGC-funded research project at the request of the Directorate of Revenue Collection (DRC) in the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Dr Mihaly Kopanyi analysed various ways that KCCA could potentially raise its own source revenue. One of the main recommendations was to explore the issue of taxation of vacant land. Land tax overall is a major potential...

    15 Mar 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas