Francesco Loiacono

Francesco Loiacono is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University. His main research is in development economics, with special focus on private sector development, corruption and conflict. He currently runs several projects in Uganda and Myanmar and he is the recipient of different international research grants. He holds a BSc and a MSc in Economics from Bocconi University. Prior to joining the IIES, he worked as a senior researcher for BRAC in Uganda, as a consultant for the World Bank in Nigeria, as a project manager for an NGO in Senegal, and as a researcher for UNCTAD in Geneva.

Content by Francesco Loiacono
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    SMEs in Uganda: Profits and labour force shrink during COVID-19

    While the strict lockdown measures implemented in many developing countries aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they also risk increasing poverty and vulnerability by lowering economic activity. Uganda experienced some of the toughest lockdowns in the world. This policy brief presents key findings from a panel of over 1,600 smal and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...

    6 May 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Francesco Loiacono, Andreas Madestam, Miri Stryjan

  • Publication - Project Report

    COVID-19, SMEs, and workers: Findings from Uganda

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital for the Ugandan economy, comprising over 90 % of the private sector (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2017). In this report, we present findings from a unique long panel of SMEs in Uganda, focusing in particular on changes in the trends following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Uganda experienced some of the strictest...

    23 Apr 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Francesco Loiacono, Andreas Madestam, Miri Stryjan

  • Project

    The impact of COVID-19 and flexible credit on SMEs: Evidence from Uganda

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of the Ugandan economy, comprising over 90 % of the private sector, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2011. This project will re-survey a sample of 2,400 SMEs in Uganda with the purpose of: Better understand the long-term consequences of increased flexibility in loan repayments, in particular: does...

    9 Apr 2021 | Selim Gulesci, Miri Stryjan, Andreas Madestam, Francesco Loiacono

  • Publication - Project Report

    Artisanal jade mining in Myanmar: Livelihood challenges and opportunities

    13 Apr 2020 | Min Zar Ni Lin, Francesco Loiacono, Win Min, Marjanneke Vijge, Samu Ngwenya

  • Project

    Refugees and the choice between cities and settlements: Evidence from Uganda

    In 2018, Uganda hosted approximately 1.2 million refugees from various countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s refugee policy, which has been praised internationally, entitles refugees to a small plot of land to cultivate, food ratios and rights to access the same health and education services like the ones offered to...

    6 Nov 2019 | Francesco Loiacono, Mariajose Silva Vargas

  • Publication - Project Report

    Improving access to labour markets for refugees: Evidence from Uganda

    24 Oct 2019 | Francesco Loiacono, Mariajose Silva Vargas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Improving access to labour markets for refugees: Evidence from Uganda

    24 Oct 2019 | Francesco Loiacono, Mariajose Silva Vargas

  • Project

    Construction sector mapping survey

    Business corruption and inefficiencies in public procurement are pervasive in the economy, and this tends to be especially true for developing countries. Focusing primarily on the construction sector, crucial from a policy perspective, this project aims to study the potential frictions to the effectiveness of transparency and enforcement initiatives undertaken by the...

    31 Aug 2016 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Francisco Muñoz, Francesco Loiacono