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    What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

    Across large swaths of the developing world, a new trend is taking hold: governments are targeting public and private investments in specific geographic areas in the hopes of creating spatial “development corridors.” These strategies are guided by the belief that concentrating and co-locating infrastructure investments in specific locations can create clusters of...

    February 24, 2017 | Bradley Parks

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    The effects of electricity grid access on Indonesian manufacturing firms

    Matching data on electricity grid access in Java, Indonesia with census data on the island’s manufacturing firms, allowed for an estimate to be made of the causal impact of such access on various firm outcomes. Preliminary results show that access to electricity increases firm revenue, capital, and investment. These results are potentially important in guiding policy and...

    February 8, 2017 | Dana Kassem

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Demand for environmental quality information and households’ response - Evidence from well-water arsenic testing

    February 6, 2017 | Prabhat Barnwal, Alexander Van Geen, Chander Kumar Singh

  • Project

    Building environmental regulation that enables growth

    Industry has not only fuelled rapid growth and increased living standards in China and India but also contributed to air and water pollution.  Pollution concentrations in these and other developing countries exceed the highest levels recorded in the developed world. Industrial regulations in India have a history of heavy-handedness, characterised by onerous licensing and...

    February 2, 2017 | Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

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    Willingness and affordability to pay for improved electricity supply reliability in Zambia

    Zambia has had one of the world’s fastest growing economies for the past 10 years, with real GDP growth averaging 6.4% per annum between 2010 and 2014. Electricity demand has also increased by about 4% per annum since 2000. However, electricity generation capacity has not kept up with demand and as a result the Zambian electricity sector is employing costly emergency...

    February 1, 2017 | Bothwell Batidzirai, Jiska de Groot, Louise Tait

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Tanzania: The Path to Prosperity

    The book, published by Oxford University Press, is available for purchase here. This book, the third in the Africa: Policies for Prosperity series, is concerned with the challenges of securing economic prosperity in Tanzania over the coming decades. Building on widespread economic reforms in the early 1990s, Tanzania has recorded steady economic growth over the...

    January 26, 2017 | Christopher Adam, Paul Collier, Benno Ndulu

  • Project

    The social and economic impacts of electrification: Evidence from Kenya

    Universal access to modern energy has become a top priority for policy makers, non-governmental organisations, and international donors across Sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, nearly $600 million has been invested in extending the grid to rural areas since 2008. While there is now widespread grid coverage in Kenya, the national electrification rate remains low at roughly 32%...

    January 25, 2017 | Edward Miguel, Catherine Wolfram, Ken Lee

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    Reforming fossil fuel subsidies provides opportunity to better target government support towards women and children

    A new report from the Global Subsidies Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) finds that Bangladeshi, Indian and Nigerian governments can significantly curb poverty among women and children in their countries by redesigning fossil fuel subsidies.   Fossil Fuel subsidies fail to reach households with greatest needs Globally,...

    January 10, 2017 | Shruti Sharma, Laura Merrill, Christopher Beaton, Lucy Kitson

  • Project

    Clearing the air: The effects of transparency on plant pollution emissions

    India is choking on growth. Of the 20 cities in the world with the worst fine particulate air pollution, 13 are in India, meaning the average Indian loses about three years of his or her life due to the harm of this pollution There is also growing evidence that high levels of pollution lower labour productivity and, therefore, potentially economic growth. If good...

    November 24, 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Rohini Pande

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    The cost of air pollution in South Africa

    Developing countries like South Africa have a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in productivity losses and mortality due to high concentrations of air pollution, namely, fine particulate matter (PM). A recent IGC study indicates that 7.4% of all deaths in South Africa in 2012 were due to chronic exposure to fine PM, costing the country up to 6% of its GDP. High...

    November 22, 2016 | Katye Altieri, Samantha Keen