Jakob Svensson

Jakob Svensson is the former Lead Academic for IGC Uganda.

Jakob Svensson is a Professor of Economics at the Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. His research interests include corruption, accountability in service delivery programmes, and political economy. He also sits on the review board of the J-PALGovernance Initiative.

Content by Jakob Svensson
  • Project

    Community health care and COVID-19 pandemic: Experimental evidence

    The limited capacity of the health systems in many low-income countries, especially in rural areas, suggests that the rapid spreading of the COVID-19 virus could have huge consequences in those areas. On top of the direct impact of the virus, a growing concern is that the shift in attention and resources towards the COVID-19 pandemic might crowd-out other essential...

    16 Jul 2020 | Martina Bjorkman-Nyqvist, Jakob Svensson, Andrea Guariso

  • Project

    Mechanisms of participatory development: Fairness norms and value of participation

    Community participation has emerged as one of the dominant approaches in the development sector and it is viewed as an effective way to incorporate local knowledge into planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions, and to reinforce stakeholders' sense of ownership over project assets. However, the existing evidence on the effectiveness of...

    25 Jan 2017 | Selene Ghisolfi, Serena Cocciolo, Jakob Svensson

  • Project

    Making agricultural extension work by embedding extension workers into the supply chain

    The low productivity of African agriculture is a major reason for poverty on the sub-continent. While a green revolution has transformed rural livelihoods in large parts of Asia, most rural Africans still engage in subsistence farming. Uganda is a good case study in how dysfunctional agricultural markets undermine economic opportunity. The adoption of fertiliser and...

    7 Nov 2016 | Jakob Svensson, Tessa Bold, Tim Ohlenburg

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Dealing with fake agricultural inputs (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Low quality, low returns, low adoption

    The average quality of hybrid seeds and fertiliser is so poor that their adoption is not profitable at current prices, and this is a major reason why farmers in Uganda are not adopting modern agricultural inputs. Urea fertiliser, the most common type on the market, typically has 33% less nitrogen content compared to what is stated on the label. The average small...

    18 Sep 2015 | Tessa Bold, Kayuki Kaizzi, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Low quality, low returns, low adoption: Evidence from the market for fertilizer and hybrid seed in Uganda

    1 Jun 2015 | Tessa Bold, Kayuki Kaizzi, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott

  • Project

    Dealing with fake agricultural inputs

    Technology adoption in African agriculture is very low, constraining productivity and income for the rural population There is ample anecdotal evidence of fake agricultural inputs, but little empirical proof of the magnitude of the issue IGC research shows that retail-level inputs tend to be of poor quality, partly explaining poor adoption ...

    22 Apr 2015 | Jakob Svensson, Tessa Bold

  • Project

    Improving Services Delivery: An Assessment of Absenteeism Data

    Teacher absenteeism remains a serious challenge in Uganda, with estimated rates of absence as high as 27 per cent. Evidence from other countries suggests that a monitoring scheme, combined with bonus payments, could reduce absenteeism, and improve education performance. However, it is unclear what form this scheme should take. Automated monitoring via cameras or punch cards...

    11 Dec 2014 | Jakob Svensson, Andrew Zeitlin, Tessa Bold, Kjetil Bjorvatn