Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Do candidate debates strengthen democracy? A field experiment on the effects of debates on voter behaviour and electoral accountability

    Candidate debates are currently held in over 60 countries around the world. Increasingly, they are being held in developing countries with financial support from international democracy-promotion organisations on the grounds that they strengthen democracy. In developing democracies, debates have the potential to provide valuable information to citizens on the character and...

    9 January 2017 | Sarah Brierley Brierley, Eric Kramon, George Ofosu

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    The twin deficits hypothesis in developing countries: Empirical evidence for Ghana

    The importance of fiscal discipline and having a current account close to equilibrium for macroeconomic stability and sustained economic growth of countries is unquestionable. Persistent fiscal and current account deficits, if unattended, could extend beyond one country (or region) and lead to global financial instability and possibly an economic crisis with dire...

    31 August 2016 | Daniel Sakyi, Eric Evans Osei Opoku

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    Assessing the total economic value of electricity in Ghana: A step toward energising economic growth

    Ghana’s economy has suffered from inadequate electricity generation resulting in chronic power outages, which have had negative effects on economic growth. With a current annual growth in electricity demand of about 10%, the country needs to meet the existing deficit and go the extra mile to create additional supply to meet demand. This will require private sector...

    19 August 2016 | Jonathan Quartey, Wisdom Ametorwotia

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    Urban distances and labour market participation of the poor: the case of urban Ghana

    Over the last three decades, Ghana’s urban population has more than tripled, rising from 4 million in the mid-1980s to nearly 14 million people in 2015. The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) accounts for almost 4 million dwellers, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in West Africa. Rapid urbanization has led to the emergence of several social problems...

    10 August 2016 | Ying Chen , Pascal Jaupart, Nathalie Picarelli

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    Central bank deficit financing in a constrained fiscal space

    This policy note addresses central bank financing of fiscal deficits in Ghana and the macroeconomic implications thereof. Alternative configurations of deficit financing and the experiences of developing countries with a history of zero tolerance for central bank financing are addressed. Briefly, the note argues that sound public finances are predicated on sound rules on...

    17 June 2016 | Paul Alagidede

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    The effectiveness of government Bureaucracy: A study of the Ghanaian Civil Service

    This study aims to document variation in management quality within the Service – both across and within organizations – and to understand how this variation maps onto variation in performance. Through a unique survey of over 3,000 government officials as well as intensive collection of administrative data on project completion, this study sheds light onto the...

    25 February 2016 | Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, Martin Williams

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    Analysing the extent and sources of productivity losses from electricity shortages for small and medium-sized enterprises

    Electricity is a critical input for most production processes especially as technological advancements in production have increased the reliance on electricity-dependent technologies. However, in many developing countries, consumers are either not connected to an electricity grid or when they are, the supply of electricity is fraught with outages. In Ghana, the setting for...

    2 February 2016 | Patrick Asuming, Ama Baafra Abeberese, Charles Ackah

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    Can raising salaries reduce police corruption in Ghana?

    This IGC research exploits one of the most ambitious civil service policy reforms in Africa to ask whether raising salaries for corrupt officials improves or worsens petty corruption outcomes in developing countries. In one of the most ambitious public sector reform experiments in Africa, the Ghana government doubled its police officer salaries in 2010 in part to mitigate...

    19 January 2016 | Jeremy Foltz

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    Agricultural mechanisation in Ghana

    Mechanisation of agriculture is occurring in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, but there remains limited understanding of the economic, social, and institutional conditions underlying this trend. There has been a striking growth in the use of agricultural machinery in Ghana since the early 2000s.  This seemingly contradicts perceptions of agricultural stagnation and also runs...

    16 December 2015 | Douglas Gollin

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    When does the state deliver? An analysis of procurement practices among local governments in Ghana

    Under what conditions do bureaucrats and politicians have an incentive to defraud the state through corrupt procurement practices? Public officers regularly award contracts to private companies to construct public goods. However, these elites often abuse their position and award contracts to politically connected firms in return for campaign donations or personal kickbacks....

    16 December 2015 | Daniel Posner, Sarah Brierley Brierley