Henry Telli

Before joining the IGC, Henry was a Lecturer at the Nottingham Trent International College after completing his PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham. He also worked for Intelligence East Midlands – the research observatory that promotes research-led sustainable development in the East Midlands region, UK. His main research interests are in Labour Economics, Public Policy, Political Economy, Market Structures and Pricing. He has done some work on development dynamics and international migration to the UK; immigration and the European welfare state; and the determinants of European attitudes towards immigration.  

Content by Henry Telli
  • Blog post

    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

  • Project

    Improving labour market efficiency in Ghana: A field experiment

    The labour market in Ghana is largely characterised by informal recruitment practices. While these practices are not inherently bad, the scale at which they occur reduces the information flow and competitiveness in the recruitment process, obstructing the efficiency of the labour market in matching vacancies to more suitable candidates. According to the World Economic...

    15 Jul 2021 | Monica Lambon-Quayefio, Henry Telli, Kofi Asante

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Real-time economic impacts of COVID-19 in Ghana

    To better inform policy decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this project collected high-frequency data and produced economic indicators in real-time during the crisis. We focused on two economic indicators: weekly urban employment statistics and monthly electricity usage. Employment statistics are calculated based on weekly online surveys and electricity...

    16 Apr 2021 | James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

  • Blog post

    Women's employment during the pandemic in Ghana: A tale of vulnerability and resilience

    Women have traditionally been more vulnerable in the labour market, more underrepresented and the nature of their employment less secure. While the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it hit women's employment the hardest, they were also the more resilient and rebounded much faster than men. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s...

    29 Mar 2021 | James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informality and COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

    The size, nature, and significance of the informal sector in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have important implications for how countries are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how policymakers can manage the ensuing socio-economic shocks. This policy brief discusses how informality complicates the implementation of COVID-19 containment measures. It addresses...

    20 Oct 2020 | Egas Daniel, Michael Danquah, Camilla Sacchetto , Henry Telli

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Protecting lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic by shielding elderly populations

    Blanket lockdowns have proven to be unsustainable, particularly in developing countries. This brief examines how age-targeted policy measures could keep economies largely open while shielding the elderly and others with underlying health conditions. We find that in the presence of large informal sectors, limited fiscal space, and large numbers of households living...

    26 Jun 2020 | Titan Alon, James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli, Mitchell VanVuren

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The effects of the introduction of a bus rapid transit system on commuter choices in Ghana

    1 Oct 2019 | Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, Patrick Asuming, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Improving local government tax collection capacity: Evidence from Ghana

    30 Sep 2019 | James Dzansi, Anders Jensen, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

  • Project

    IGC Public Forum on Galamsey in Ghana

    Small-scale illegal mining operations (colloquially known as “galamsey”) are destroying farmlands, forests, and water bodies in Ghana. IGC analysis showis that it would cost approximately $250 million to reclaim lands and water bodies destroyed by galamsey based on its studies in the western region.  This event shared findings from IGC Ghana-sponsored work on...

    16 Jan 2019 | James Dzansi, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Project Report

    Survey of local government revenue mobilisation capacity in Ghana, 2017: Summary and policy implications

    7 Jan 2019 | James Dzansi, Anders Jensen, David Lagakos, Isaac Otoo, Henry Telli, Cynthia Zindam

  • Project

    Guidance on 'One-District, One Factory'

    Ghana has begun an ambitious policy of building one new factory in each of its 216 districts. This study provides guidance on which types of factories would be most viable in each district. The study concludes that several unexploited primary resources exist in almost each district, and highlights the challenges districts are likely to face when trying to process...

    26 Sep 2018 | David Lagakos, James Dzansi, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Project Report

    Manufacturing capabilities in Ghana’s districts: A guidebook for “One District One Factory”

    26 Sep 2018 | James Dzansi, David Lagakos, Isaac Otoo, Henry Telli, Cynthia Zindam

  • Project

    Urban transport systems and commuter mode choices: A field experiment in Ghana

    The traffic congestion resulting from too many cars moving to the central business district in the city is a symptom of an inefficient and ineffective public transport system. Such is the experience of Accra, a city with the third highest traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa following Lagos and Luanda. According to a recent World Bank study, transportation and land use concerns,...

    21 Sep 2016 | Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, Patrick Asuming, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Imperfect Information and School Choice in Ghana (Working Paper)

    1 Mar 2013 | Henry Telli, Kehinde Ajayi

  • Project

    Imperfect Information and School Choice in Ghana

    This study identifies and analyses how information influences school choice by students in Ghana. It explores why lessprivileged students do not apply moreaggressively and, in particular, whether a lack of information is responsible for this disparity. Ghana, like many other countries across the world, has a centralised application system for admission to secondary school...

    1 Jun 2012 | Kehinde Ajayi, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Imperfect Information and School Choice in Ghana (Policy Brief)

    1 Apr 2012 | Kehinde Ajayi, Henry Telli