Jakob Rauschendorfer

Jakob is a Country Economist at the IGC in Uganda. He holds an MSC in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford and a BA in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Before joining the IGC in Uganda, Jakob was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Republic of Malawi, working amongst others on tariff liberalization, trade facilitation and regional integration under the Southern African Development Community.

Content by Jakob Rauschendorfer
  • Publication - Project Report

    What is the fiscal costs of tax incentives in Uganda?

    20 Jan 2021 | Nada Eissa, Priya Manwaring, Nicole Ntungire, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Project

    Tax evasion in customs: Firm level evidence from Uganda

    Developing countries are constrained by a lack of resources to fund growth enhancing public investments. Trade taxes are one important source of tax revenues for almost all of these economies. Uganda is no exception: In fiscal year 2017/18 revenues from import duties (tariffs) alone contributed about 8.5 percent to total tax collection. For this project we propose to...

    11 Jan 2021 | Nada Eissa, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Michael Best

  • Project

    Regional (dis)integration in the East African Community

    Two forms of regional trade agreements are free trade areas and customs unions. In a free trade area, members liberalise trade with each other, but each country sets its own tariffs for imports originating from non-members of the agreement. A customs union goes one step further: members negotiate and adopt a uniform tariff schedule called a Common External Tariff (CET),...

    11 Jan 2021 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Anna Twum

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Unmaking of a customs union: Regional (dis)integration in the East African community

    The Common External Tariff (CET) of the East African Community (EAC) customs union has long been considered the cornerstone of one of the more successful examples of regional integration in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this project we assess the integrity of the CET using a novel dataset of country- and firm-level deviations from the common tariff regime created by digitizing...

    7 Jan 2021 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Anna Twum

  • Project

    Estimating income losses and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda

    COVID-19 continues to take its toll on the world and more recently, the African continent. While the continent still accounts for fewer cases or deaths, in cities such as Uganda, the incidence of the disease has risen sharply. Uganda is not new to infectious diseases and has successfully battled outbreaks of Ebola, Marburg and even HIV/AIDS. Whilst COVID-19 has...

    27 Nov 2020 | Stephen D. Younger, Albert Musisi, Wilson Asiimwe, Nicole Ntungire, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Estimating income losses and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda

    The recent COVID-19 pandemic has come at an overwhelming cost to both developed and developing countries; Uganda is no exception. Despite having relatively few cases, the pandemic’s indirect effects arising from an economic contraction and global recession, as well as the direct effects through ill health and death, are likely to have a devastating impact on poverty...

    26 Nov 2020 | Stephen D. Younger, Albert Musisi, Wilson Asiimwe, Nicole Ntungire, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Project Report

    Estimating income losses and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda

    20 Nov 2020 | Stephen D. Younger, Albert Musisi, Wilson Asiimwe, Nicole Ntungire, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The COVID-19 impact on Ugandan supply chains: The importance of imports

    Ugandan firms do not operate in isolation: Supply chains depend on the quick supply of goods and services as inputs for productive activities. Crucially, Uganda sources these inputs both domestically as well as from foreign firms. This study first investigates the impact of COVID-19 at the outset of the pandemic on Uganda’s trade. Starting from the documented...

    18 Aug 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, John Spray

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Making the most of investment in Uganda: The role of supplier development programmes

    Growing investment in Uganda offers an opportunity for policymakers to boost local production through supplier development programmes. This brief considers the potential benefits of such programmes in Uganda to both large firms and suppliers. It also considers best practice for implementation, drawing on evidence from such programmes in countries such as Mexico,...

    4 Aug 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy note

    Easing the burden of Covid-19 in Uganda: Lowering food prices by reducing tariffs

    This note explores a measure to ease economic pressure from COVID-19 in Uganda: the elimination of high import tariffs on four important agricultural products, namely rice, vegetable oil, sugar and wheat/wheat flour. Using a dataset on household income derived from as well as expenditure on agricultural products, the researcher estimates that eliminating tariffs on...

    22 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    This paper examines the impact of the South Sudanese civil war on trade in East Africa. In a first step, we employ a gravity model to examine the impact of civil conflict on the trade of neighbouring countries in a general sense and conduct a counterfactual simulation for the South Sudanese case.

    20 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Project

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Estimating the fiscal impact of tariff reform in Uganda using TRIST

    7 Apr 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy note

    Beyond manufacturing: Reconsidering structural change in Uganda

    Uganda, along with other African countries, needs targeted policies to shift employment into more productive activities. “Industries without smokestacks” – tradeable services and agro-industrial activities that have more in common with manufacturing industries than more traditional services and agriculture – offer a new path for structural change in African...

    26 Feb 2020 | Richard Newfarmer, John Page, Priya Manwaring, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The review of the Common External Tariff of the East African Community: Options for strengthening Uganda’s negotiating position

    The East African Community is a customs union governed by a Common External Tariff (CET). The CET is currently under review, with members considering higher rates of external protection and an increase in the number of tariff bands. Uganda proposes to expand the current three-band structure of the CET (0, 10 and 25 %) by an additional 5 % rate and a new peak rate of...

    6 Feb 2020 | Garth Frazer, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Improving Uganda’s trade performance to spur economic growth

    For most of the previous decade, Uganda’s export base has remained undiversified and dominated by a small number of raw commodities. Specifically, the performance of the manufacturing sector has stagnated for most of the previous century. Trade and export promotion have therefore been identified as an area of active policy intervention by the government. ...

    25 Oct 2018 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, John Spray