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  • Blog post

    Smart policy for women’s economic empowerment in South Asia

    In this article, Jennifer Johnson and Nalini Gulati highlight the different trajectories of women’s economic empowerment across South Asia, based on a recent policy dialogue hosted by Evidence for Policy Design. On 23-24 March, ‘Smart Policy for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ brought together policymakers, private-sector actors, and civil-society representatives...

    21 Apr 2017 | Nalini Gulati, Jennifer Johnson

  • Blog post

    Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks in Benin

    Farmers’ vulnerability to climate shocks is affected by their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. One must parse these components before designing policies for climate resilience. Agro-ecological factors are especially important, as their variation means that households with low adaptive capacity do not necessarily have high exposure or sensitivity to climate...

    20 Apr 2017 | Boris Odilon Kounagbè Lokonon

  • News Item

    Research Programme Director Dave Donaldson wins prestigious John Bates Clark Medal

    The American Economic Association (AEA) is awarding IGC Research Programme Director Dave Donaldson (Stanford University) the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded annually to an economist under 40 years old in recognition of "outstanding research accomplishments in economics". Previous John Bates Clark medalists include Esther Duflo (2010), Daron Acemoglu (2005), Lawrence...

    20 Apr 2017

  • Blog post

    How inefficient land allocation in Malawi is severely depressing agricultural productivity

    New data on the relationship between resource allocation and agricultural productivity in Malawi has revealed how a minority of total cultivated land is acquired in the market while the vast majority is either directly (or indirectly) distributed via the Customary Land Act. Accordingly, the allocation of land is unrelated to farm productivity. The Customary Land Act is in...

    11 Apr 2017 | Diego Restuccia, Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis

  • Project

    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

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Forgery, market liquidity, and demat trading: Evidence from the National Stock Exchange in India

    5 Apr 2017 | Madhav Shrihari, Sanjay Banerji, Krishna Gangopadhyay

  • Blog post

    Post-Brexit trade and development policy

    Regardless of what one may think of the decision, the British people have voted to leave the EU – a result that throws up historic challenges as well as historic opportunities. This blog introduces the IGC's latest Policy Brief on Post-Brexit Trade & Development Policy, and why Brexit should be viewed as an important opportunity for fresh thinking. The decision to...

    3 Apr 2017 | Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier, Tony Venables

  • Project

    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

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Beyond borders: Making transport work  for African trade

    Africa has seen massive trade liberalisation in the last three decades. But the success of translating reduced tariffs into increased international trade has been limited and geographically unbalanced. One of the main reasons for this is the high cost of moving goods within countries. While the rest of the developing world has been tapping into global value chains and...

    30 Mar 2017 | Dave Donaldson, Amanda Jinhage, Eric Verhoogen