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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....

    March 23, 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...

    March 22, 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,...

    March 21, 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...

    March 20, 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...

    March 17, 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,...

    March 16, 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...

    March 15, 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...

    March 15, 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

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    An effective building tax rate for Rwanda

    This project analyses the impacts of a proposed and various alternative buildings tax for Rwanda. It will also include commenting on the buildings tax threshold, sales tax, land tax provisions and planned valuation procedures, due to their interaction and inclusion in the same draft law.

    March 14, 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi

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    Microfinance institutions and micro and small enterprises in Ghana: The potential of the missing middle

    MSEs are important as major generators of employment and livelihood strategies in Ghana, and could be an important catalyst for the development of the country. One of their major growth challenges is the lack of access and appropriate use of financial products and services, principally due to the weak performance of the financial sector as a whole. Government efforts to...

    March 14, 2017 | Marco Trombetta, Pablo Casadio, María Luque Calvo