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    Reopening schools too early could spread COVID-19 even faster – especially in the developing world

    Low-income countries face a very different set of circumstances to high-income countries when it comes to reopening schools after lockdown. In developing countries, adults and the elderly generally have more contact with children than those in advanced economies. A new study predicts that delaying school openings could save lives. According to the latest UNESCO...

    17 Aug 2020 | David Lagakos, Emilie Yam

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    Property taxes in a pandemic world

    While increasing demands are being placed on cities to address the current crisis and plan for resilience in the future, key sources of city government revenues are drying up. Taxes based on the value of land and/or property offer extraordinary potential for cities in financing urban recovery, but crucial to this is raising tax morale through visible investments in...

    13 Aug 2020 | Astrid Haas, Priya Manwaring, Jennifer Musisi

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    Ideas Matter: What is stopping developing countries from taxing more?

    Public finance – government revenue and expenditure – is crucial for redistribution and inclusive growth. The information scarce environment and a large informal sector make it difficult for developing countries to raise revenue through taxation. Virtually every country in the world taxes their populations. But, some do so more successfully than others. Most developing...

    12 Aug 2020 | Shahrukh Wani

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    Rental markets for mechanisation in India: Trends and current state

    Agricultural landholdings and mechanisation levels vary considerably in the developing world. Whether smaller farmers adopt lower levels of mechanisation because returns to adoption are lower, or because there are barriers to adoption that are particularly detrimental to them remains unclear. Our project aims at estimating the impact of access to equipment rental markets on...

    11 Aug 2020 | Julieta Caunedo, Namrata Kala

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    Economics’ racial reckoning: A discipline that studies inequality confronts its own

    Economics has been a hostile environment for minorities. It is now high time for it to address its systemic biases and pave the way for a more equitable future, within the profession and beyond. There are events in history that cause us to disrupt our lives and thinking by rightly pushing us to pause and reflect. In 2018, the economics profession was spurred into action...

    10 Aug 2020 | Nikita Sharma

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    Impact of COVID-19 on public transport

    Public transport has been hit hard by COVID-19. With ridership significantly down, operators in developing cities will have to face difficult questions for their future viability. The appropriate response must plan for contingencies, but never forget the value of shared transit in the process of economic development. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, cities across...

    6 Aug 2020 | Julia Bird, Sebastian Kriticos, Nick Tsivanidis

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    Ideas Matter: Improving private sector performance

    Unleashing the potential of the private sector in developing countries is critical to achieving productive job creation and inclusive growth. Productivity growth - increasing how much output is realised from a given amount of inputs - is one of the main contributors to economic development (Caselli, 2004, Hall and Jones, 1999). One reason for productivity in developing...

    5 Aug 2020 | Nick Wilkinson

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    COVID-19 and the willingness to vaccinate: Evidence from India

    Vaccination is one of the success stories in modern day medicine and seen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a key element of the response to the current pandemic. While billions are poured into a vaccine’s development and tackling supply difficulties, policymakers should prepare for the next challenges: compliance and ability to pay. One of the most, if not the...

    5 Aug 2020 | Alex Armand, Britta Augsburg, Antonella Bancalari

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    Why COVID-19 offers the perfect opportunity to remove fuel subsidies

    April 2020 recorded the lowest oil price (USD 21/barrel of oil) in 18 years. This was driven by a lack of demand due to low economic activity worldwide. This temporary season of low oil prices presents an opportune moment for countries to remove inefficient fuel subsidies and reduce the knock-on effect to citizens. This reform also provides developing country governments...

    3 Aug 2020 | Joevas Asare

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    Rethinking regulations: Informal settlements in the time of COVID-19

    Informal settlements, given their high densities and lacking water and sanitation infrastructure, are potential hotspots for the spread of pandemics like COVID-19. To remedy this, upgrading informal settlements will be essential. However, for long term resilience, we need to tackle the regulatory challenges that keep formal housing prices unattainable for the urban...

    30 Jul 2020 | Astrid Haas, Victoria Delbridge