Posts tagged as: technology

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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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    Learning to navigate a new financial technology: Evidence from Bangladesh

    How do consumers learn to navigate a new financial technology? An experiment with workers from Bangladesh suggests that experience makes a difference In the past decade, more than one billion people have gained access to a bank or mobile money account (World Bank 2017).  While this shift has provided households with greater choice and autonomy, there is also...

    16 Feb 2022 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

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    The promise and pitfall of technology: Evidence from tax collection in Ghana

    Information technology (IT) systems are potentially transformative tools to increase local tax capacities. However, they must be carefully designed not only to increase tax collection but to minimise unintended outcomes. From a field experiment in Ghana, we find that technology improves local tax collection by expanding the effective tax base and improving compliance....

    8 Dec 2021 | James Dzansi, Anders Jensen, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

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    Can consumer incentive schemes enhance VAT revenue collections in developing countries?

    There has been a resurgence in the adoption of consumer incentive schemes within the realm of revenue collection in recent years, due in part to technological advancement, digitisation of records, and the rise in digital payment platforms such as mobile money. These schemes can help address evasive practices that some retail firms currently engage in. Their success however,...

    23 Aug 2021 | Twivwe Siwale

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on agriculture

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on agriculture. Some interesting findings are below. Agriculture is a large economic sector in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for an estimated 15 to 23% of...

    19 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on education

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on education. Some interesting findings are below. Young people make up most of sub-Saharan Africa’s population, with nearly 500 million children of up to 14...

    14 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    COVID-19: Pakistan’s preparations and response

    The government of Pakistan has taken unprecedented steps to counter the effects of COVID-19 crisis, but is unclear if these will be enough given the challenges facing the country prior to the pandemic. Pakistan is amongst the 180+ countries dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. There are now clear warnings of a global economic recession as workers continue to fall sick,...

    6 Apr 2020 | Hina Shaikh

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    Tanzania’s textiles and apparel: Technology demand and the role of South-South trade

    Technological progress and innovation are critical for long-term economic growth. Sub-Saharan Africa, however, continues to show huge productivity differentials, as firms operate with large gaps from available best practices in more advanced economies. Adopting and adaptation of more efficient and effective technology to the context and specificities of the local economy...

    28 Jan 2020 | Amrita Saha, André Castro, Ben Shepherd , Daniele Guariso

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    Pre-paid electricity metering and its effects on the poor

    Pre-paid meters for electricity or water are spreading rapidly in the developing world. Households that switched from post-paid monthly bills to pre-paid meters in South Africa, reduced their electricity usage drastically. Given that the energy demand of households is typically relatively unresponsive to prices, the question arises as to where these reductions came from....

    11 Sep 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Kathryn McDermott, Anja Sautmann

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    Keep it clean: Can blockchain change the nature of land registry in developing countries?

    The global economy is constantly exposed to disruptive technologies. Take the example of telecommunications: it was not long ago that everything revolved around landlines. Households would go to huge lengths to ensure they were well-serviced with fixed-line infrastructure, while those left out endured long travel times for everyday activities like managing a business or...

    5 Aug 2019 | Sebastian Kriticos