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    Remote sensing for property valuation and taxation in Pakistan

    Effective property tax administration and revenue collection require detailed and accurate property information. However, collecting this information through large surveys is both time consuming and costly. Remote sensing can simplify this process by mapping and identifying taxable properties in real time. The provincial capacity to generate fiscal revenue has been low in...

    15 Aug 2022 | Muhammad Fareed Zaffar, Murtaza Taj

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    Do Rwanda’s cities increase worker productivity and welfare?

    Developing economies are quickly urbanising and must weigh the amenities and disamenities of city life as they grow because the urbanisation process is important for productivity and wage growth. Rwanda is urbanising rapidly and recognises the importance of urbanisation to overall economic growth. Starting from the current urbanisation rate of 18.5%, Rwanda’s Vision 2050...

    11 Aug 2022 | Jonathan Bower, Sakshi Gupta, Carlo Menon

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    Impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on Ethiopia

    The conflict in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia triggered price increases of key commodities with far reaching impacts on welfare, production, and economic growth for developing countries, including Ethiopia. Economic sanctions were imposed on Russia by the US and EU to deter Russia from further escalating the war with Ukraine. The ongoing conflict has...

    8 Aug 2022 | Seneshaw Tamru, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

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    The role of inter-governmental transfers in financing Africa’s cities

    Financial transfers from central governments to subnational governments in African cities can be successful in aiding urbanisation and development. However, these inter-governmental transfers need to be sufficiently sized, transparent, predictable, and based on feasible conditions to be effective.   Inter-governmental transfers (IGT) are the transfer of finance between...

    4 Aug 2022 | Oliver Harman

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    In-kind transfers as insurance: Evidence from India

    While academics and policymakers prefer unconditional cash transfer to the poor, they value in-kind transfers that protect against price fluctuations A fundamental question in the public economics literature, as well as in the practical design of social protection programmes, is whether transfers from the government to the poor should take the form of cash or kind...

    2 Aug 2022 | Lucie Gadenne, Sam Norris, Monica Singhal, Sandip Sukhtankar

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    Has Uganda recovered from the COVID-19 lockdowns?

    The economic effects of the pandemic were rapid and difficult for policymakers to respond to. Moreover, conventional economic indicators require longer time periods for efficacy. In our study, we utilised electricity consumption as an indicator for economic activity during and after the pandemic in Uganda, and find a decline in electricity consumption during...

    26 Jul 2022 | Nicole Ntungire, Leonard Gichia, Priya Manwaring

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    Digital tax stamps and firm behaviour in Uganda

    Digital tax stamps enable governments to strengthen tax administration and compliance by simplifying the verification, tracking, and monitoring of excisable goods. Firms’ behavioural responses to these stamps determines ex-factory prices, sales revenues, and government excise revenues. In an effort to minimise underreporting and misclassification by firms manufacturing...

    19 Jul 2022 | Silver Namunane

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    How COVID-19 affected women and children: Evidence from Bangladesh

    The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world, disrupting people and economies. Bangladesh was especially susceptible to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic because of its strong ties to the global economy. These negative demand shocks persisted throughout and after the pandemic. To explore the effects of the pandemic on women and children in vulnerable...

    11 Jul 2022 | Emily Beam, Sohini Chaparala, Priya Mukherjee

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    How food prices changed during COVID-19: Evidence from Kenya and Uganda

    COVID-19 induced a combination of supply and demand shocks, impacting price dynamics. We used real-time price data to track price dynamics between the lockdown and reopening phases in Kenya and Uganda. Results suggest that prices for essential food items were higher during the initial phase of lockdown, but changes in mobility patterns affected prices beyond the shutdown...

    7 Jul 2022 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

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    How to reduce waste in the textile industry?

    Textiles are an integral part of daily lives and the global economy, but their production and consumption often leave a global footprint of waste and pollution behind. A circular economy for textile can eliminate waste in the industry, which is a core sector of economies in the developing countries. Textile has played a key role in world trade and global development all...

    22 Jun 2022 | Shubhranka Mondal