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    Tracking constraints to entrepreneurship in Africa

    An important part of understanding the growth prospects of an economy comes from understanding the constraints to business growth and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, the data in this area is scarce in East Africa. The World Bank collects two sets of data in this vein, both of which suffer from some well-known issues such as the focus being solely on formal firms, medium to...

    23 May 2017 | Tavneet Suri, Louis Dorval, Neema Iyer

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    Rural electrification with off-grid community microgrids: An impact evaluation in Uttar Pradesh, India

    Randomised controlled trial measuring effect of installing solar microgrids in 81 villages in Uttar Pradesh who previously had no electricity and used kerosene lamps to light their homes. Villagers spent considerably less money on buying kerosene after subscribing to the solar service. However, researchers found no evidence of broader socio-economic impacts on...

    17 May 2017 | Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, Johannes Urpelainen

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    Electrification effects on firm productivity in Ethiopia

    Energy as a driver of growth appears intuitive to most contemporary observers, and access to reliable sources of energy is especially understood to be an engine of industrialisation and growth in developing countries. However, policymakers and academics are still in the dark about the extent and the exact mechanisms of how energy investments translate into growth. This...

    10 May 2017 | Niclas Moneke

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    Urban land governance in Tanzania: Actors, processes, and local governance

    Dar es Salaam is the most populous city in East Africa and is projected to become a megacity with 10 million inhabitants by 2030. As the city expands demographically and geographically, the pertinence of understanding local government systems and urban land governance processes across the urban zone increases. This project seeks to address two knowledge gaps in the...

    9 May 2017 | Joshua Chipman, Stina Møldrup Wolff, Amelia Kuch

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    How do rural roads affect development? Evidence from India

    Despite a broad consensus that high transportation costs are a large barrier to economic development, many of the world's poor live in rural communities without paved roads, impeding their access to outside markets and public services. The high cost of roads means that the tradeoffs are steep in terms of other public goods and services. Nevertheless, the impact of rural...

    9 May 2017 | Paul Novosad, Sam Asher

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    Non-price energy conservation programme and household energy consumption in Bangladesh

    In order to meet the growing energy demand in developing countries and the obligation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, various governments are striving for higher energy production and better energy conservation while achieving sustainable economic development. As a result, countries across the...

    8 May 2017 | Asadul Islam, Liang Choon Wang, Ahsanuzzaman A

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    Assessing the economic benefits of transit trade: The case of Tanzania

    The aim of this study is to assess the economic benefits of transit trade (the trade arising from the passage of goods through one country or region to another) to a transit country, using the case study of Tanzania. Transit trade is vital in facilitating economic transformation and regional trade, while contributing to the growth of employment, incomes, tax revenues, and...

    8 May 2017 | Josaphat Kweka, Solomon Michael

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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 in the effect of natural 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...

    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