Doreen Rubatsimbira

Content by Doreen Rubatsimbira
  • Blog post

    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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking prices during COVID-19 in Kenya and Uganda

    This project serves as a proof of concept exploring whether it is possible to collect high-quality, high-frequency price data at scale through a crowd-sourcing approach. We collected over 39,000 price quotes of essential food items in Kenya and Uganda between April 2020 and mid-March 2021, featuring a wide geographic coverage. The findings suggest that prices were...

    9 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Publication - Project Report

    Tracking price dynamics during a pandemic in Kenya and Uganda

    6 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Publication - Project Report

    Exploring the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system

    Interest spreads in Uganda have been persistently high over the last two decades. This paper aims to complement the literature by investigating the determinants of interest rate spreads in Uganda, following the period after the adoption of Inflation Targeting, using three different approaches: First, a cross country comparison with regional peers; Second, a...

    10 Jul 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Nicole Ntungire

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system: Results from a new analysis of banking system data

    There have long been concerns about high-interest rates charged by banks in Uganda and wide spreads between deposit and lending rates. This makes it difficult for firms to borrow for the productive investment that is required to achieve high rates of economic growth. This study investigates the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system, using...

    13 Mar 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Nicole Ntungire, Doreen Rubatsimbira