Amanda Jinhage

Amanda Jinhage is former Policy Economist at IGC, providing thematic leadership over the organisation’s work on cities and firms. Amanda holds an MPA (Master in Public Administration) from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to joining IGC, Amanda worked as a Desk Officer for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, focusing primarily on economic and trade relations with Eastern Europe. Amanda has also worked for UNEP and Tallberg Foundation, and is particularly interested in areas concerning trade, sustainable development, firm productivity and urbanisation.

Content by Amanda Jinhage
  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Trading up: The benefits of exporting for small firms

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide the majority of jobs in developing countries, yet they have low productivity and exports. International trade can spur the growth of SMEs. SMEs employ a large proportion of the labour force in developing countries. Compared to large firms, however, few SMEs export – direct exports represent just 3% of total SME...

    22 Nov 2017 | David Atkin, Amanda Jinhage

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    Trading up: The benefits of exporting for small firms

    22 Nov 2017

  • 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

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    Rwanda’s export challenge

    Rwanda must create an additional 200,000 jobs per year to absorb its expanding population. Increasing exports could play an important role in achieving this goal. A new policy brief by the IGC outlines the challenges Rwanda needs to overcome to improve its trade balances. Since 2000, Rwanda has seen a rapid rise in exports of goods and services. Increasing exports and...

    27 Mar 2017 | Amanda Jinhage

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    Rural-to-urban migration: Improving labour market prospects

    A conference co-hosted by the IGC and the Stanford Center for International Development yielded multiple insights on the potential benefits of migration to cities for generating economic growth in developing countries. Reducing transport costs through transport subsidies and better roads allows people to work urban jobs with higher wages. Leading researchers gathered to...

    16 Nov 2016 | Amanda Jinhage

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    Risky business: Firms, trade and development

    If you missed the 2016 IGC Growth Week Conference, held at the London School of Economics, get caught up through our blog recaps looking at research highlights and policy insights. This post forms part of our blog recap series, looking particularly at ideas on firm productivity and trade-led development. See here for other recaps from growth week. Starting with the premise...

    14 Jun 2016 | Upaasna Kaul, Amanda Jinhage

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    FDI can catalyse job creation and industrialisation in Africa

    The IGC launches its newest Growth Brief: Harnessing Foreign Direct Investment for job creation and industrialisation in Africa. During the last decade and a half, African economies grew at nearly double the rate of the 1990s. The rapid pace of growth spurred the Africa Rising narrative. However, the recent commodity cycle slow-down has led to increasing questions about...

    25 May 2016 | Amanda Jinhage

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth brief: Harnessing FDI for job creation and industrialisation in Africa

    During the last decade and a half, African economies grew at nearly double the rate of the 1990s. However, the commodity boom obscured a key weakness in African economic performance – slow manufacturing growth. Productivity increases in Africa, after 2000, happened without the deep structural change that shifts labour from low to high productivity jobs (McMillan et...

    24 May 2016 | John Sutton, Amanda Jinhage, Jonathan Leape, Richard Newfarmer, John Page

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    The new urban agenda (Part 2): Urban complementarities

    Following on from our recap of the policy takeaways at the recent IGC Cities conference, today's blog highlights a number of innovative and exciting academic studies that were presented. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population are living in cities. By 2045, the urban population of the world is expected to grow from 3.9 billion currently...

    22 Feb 2016 | Upaasna Kaul, Amanda Jinhage

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    Graduation: What’s next for ultra-poor programmes?

    Results are in: Research shows that BRAC’s one-shot, ‘big-push’ intervention targeting the ultra-poor with assets and skills can lift extreme households onto a more sustainable path out of poverty. In this blog we presented updated findings on the long-term impact and sustainability of the approach from studies showcased at the recent IGC-BRAC conference: Tackling...

    19 Jan 2016 | Emilie Yam, Upaasna Kaul, Amanda Jinhage

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    Tourism, trust and unequal pay: Recapping the IGC-SCID conference on 'Firms, trade and development'

    Firm productivity and trade are well established indicators of economic growth and development. Despite this, there remain significant questions around which elements of firm organisation and market structures are the most conducive to encouraging scale and integration of firms into high-value global supply chains. Understanding the conditions that support...

    14 Jan 2016 | Amanda Jinhage