Posts tagged as: Evidence Paper

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - Firms, trade, and productivity

    Productivity growth is the driving force behind economic development. A large development accounting literature has shown that much of the difference in income per capita across countries can be explained by differences in total factor productivity (TFP) (see, e.g., Hall and Jones 1999, Caselli 2005). On top of its “direct” effect on output, TFP growth can have positive...

    1 Sep 2021 | David Atkin, Dave Donaldson, Imran Rasul, Matthieu Teachout, Eric Verhoogen, Christopher Woodruff

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    IGC evidence paper - State effectiveness

    This evidence paper explores the key theme of state effectiveness. The central objective of this theme of research is building effective states to improve economic governance in developing countries and generate higher rates of inclusive growth. The first pillar of this research agenda centres on escaping the fragility trap, building a functioning state, strengthening...

    1 Jun 2021 | Oriana Bandiera, Michael Callen, Katherine E. Casey, Eliana La Ferrara, Camille Landais, Matthieu Teachout

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    IGC evidence paper - Cities

    In this paper, we divide the field of urban development economics into three broad categories: agglomeration economies, density’s downsides, and spatial models of transportation and housing. The central question of agglomeration economics is if cities themselves actually increase productivity or if the observed relationship between density and earnings represents the...

    1 May 2021 | Gharad Bryan, Edward Glaeser, Nick Tsivanidis

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    IGC evidence paper - Energy and environment

    This paper reviews the literature on three main questions related to energy and environment and outlines the areas with greatest potential for research progress in the next five years: How will the last billion people get access to energy, and what benefits will it bring for their welfare and livelihoods? How can environmental regulation check the local harms from...

    1 Mar 2021 | Michael Greenstone, Mar Reguant, Nicholas Ryan, Tim Dobermann

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    Identity, norms, narratives, and state bureaucracy: Evidence from tax administration in Afghanistan

    The effectiveness and legitimacy of a public organisation may depend to a large degree not only on institutional arrangement but also on the behaviour of actors within institutions and the interactions between the two. This paper argues that beliefs, in the form of identity, norms, and narratives, significantly affect bureaucratic effectiveness. They can have various...

    22 Nov 2019 |

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    Research Strategy

    The IGC funds high-quality research relevant to growth policy in developing countries. This document lays out the strategy that underpins this research and what follows builds on the Phase I Research Strategy. The IGC Research Programme was conceived to help generate a richer understanding of the process of economic growth and the required policy and institutional...

    16 Sep 2014 | International Growth Centre

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    IGC Evidence Paper - State

    In a sizable number of developing countries, the public sector fails to provide many, if not most, critical public goods necessary for economic development. The presence of a well-functioning state is key to encouraging economic growth. Part of this concerns having a public sector that has the capacity to raise revenues and spend them effectively; and that policymakers...

    2 Sep 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Henrik Kleven, Eliana La Ferrara, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Michelle Tejada, Michel Azulai, Florian Blum

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    IGC Evidence Paper - Firms

    The IGC Firm Capabilities Research Programme pulls economists with a common interest in firm capabilities together to focus on three core questions: (i) what are the key proximate determinants of firm productivity? (ii) Where does the productive capacity of firms originate? (iii) What are the barriers that prevent resources from moving from unproductive firms and...

    2 Sep 2014 | Nick Bloom, Greg Fischer, Imran Rasul, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare, Tavneet Suri, Chris Udry, Eric Verhoogen, Christopher Woodruff, Giulia Zane

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    IGC Evidence Paper - Energy

    Achieving reliable, widespread access to electricity will be transformative for many developing countries. It has significant effects on how households apportion their time and which methods and inputs are applied by productive enterprises. However, much of the world’s population remains without this reliable access or the benefits generated from it. This paper...

    2 Sep 2014 | Michael Greenstone, Aaron Weisbrod

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    IGC Evidence Paper - Cities

    Much of the developing world has begun to rapidly urbanise. This has led to the creation of developing cities and the emergence of mega-cities around the world. The benefits of this dense clustering of individuals have been well documented in many more developed cities. In fact, it has been observed that productivity in these urban clusters is significantly higher than...

    2 Sep 2014 | Enrico Moretti, Aaron Weisbrod