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    Supporting project development processes in Mandalay

    In 2016, the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Comprehensive Education Development Center (CDEC) together with the USAID-Supported Private Sector Development Activity prepared a report for the Mandalay Regional Government (MRG) and the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) entitled “Promoting Inclusive Growth by Subnational Governments through Projects”....

    6 Dec 2017 | Paul Minoletti

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    Support to the Consortium for Development Policy Research for policy dissemination for 2016-17

    Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) is a non-profit association of the IGC, CERP and IDEAS. The research conducted by these three organisations is collated and then disseminated by CDPR. The evidence-based research undertaken by the above-mentioned bodies is used to inform policy debate in Pakistan, particularly by engaging the policymakers, media and...

    6 Dec 2017 | Ijaz Nabi, Muhammad Farooq Naseer, Naved Hamid

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    The impact of incentives and monitoring on the performance of public extension staff

    Last year, the World Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture of Punjab, Pakistan worked together to provide to all field workers smartphones equipped with a monitoring system called Agri-Smart. We are now working jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of Punjab, Pakistan, to introduce and evaluate performance-based incentives using the Agri-Smart system,...

    6 Dec 2017 | Ghazala Mansuri, Garance Genicot

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    Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan: The role of women's goals and aspirations

    Evidence on the impact of microfinance loans on business outcomes shows moderately positive, but not transformational effects especially for women.  This is true even when access to finance is coupled with business training, suggesting that factors other than credit and knowledge constraints reduce women’s ability to start or grow a business. Recent studies have...

    30 Nov 2017 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Diego Ubfal

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    (Mis)allocation of teachers and state capacity

    Cross-country differences in educational attainment are large. Despite a massive expansion of primary schooling in developing countries in the last decades, a substantial share of the population in low-income countries still does not complete primary education. Since teachers are a key input into the education process and teacher compensation constitutes a major part of...

    30 Nov 2017 | Torsten Walter

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    The impact of war on primary education enrollment in South Sudan, 2013-2016

    South Sudan has been embroiled in a civil war since 2013, with tens of thousands killed and millions more displaced. The economy has nearly collapsed, severely reducing production and crushingly raising inflation. Prior research has focused on understanding the immediate humanitarian consequences, especially forced displacement and food insecurity. Little knowledge,...

    23 Nov 2017 | Augustino Ting Mayai

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    Mapping domestic and international trade networks

    Why do developing countries tax imports so highly when the distortionary effects of tariffs are well-known and access to imported inputs can benefit economic growth (Koren and Csillag 2016, Goldberg et al. 2010)? One possibility is that, in low state capacity contexts, it is easier to enforce tariffs and hence generate revenue at the border than it is to enforce...

    23 Nov 2017 | Justine Knebelmann, Miguel Almunia, Jonas Hjort

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    Options for the design of a Greater Kampala Metropolitan Authority

    Around the world, metropolitan areas are some of the most important hubs for economic activity. In many developing countries, in particular, metropolitan areas are major contributors to the economic success of their countries but they also face serious challenges in terms of pollution, transportation gridlock, urban sprawl, deteriorating infrastructure, crime, rising...

    22 Nov 2017 | Enid Slack

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    Liquidity constraint, LPG stoves and charcoal consumption: Evidence from a randomised controlled trial in Tanzania

    A significant proportion of households in urban parts of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) use charcoal as their main source of cooking energy. In the urban parts of Tanzania - the country on which we focus in this paper - the proportion of households that use charcoal to meet their main cooking needs has increased from 47 percent in 2001 to 71 percent in 2007, and Dar es Salaam...

    17 Nov 2017 | Yonas Alem, Peter Berck, Remidius Ruhinduka

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    Reform of the EAC Common External Tariff

    The Common External Tariff (CET) of the East African Community (EAC) is due for potential reform in November 2017. Manufacturers associations in the large EAC countries are pressing for additional tariff bands and greater protection, with the stated aim of promoting backward linkages and value chain development. This direction is dangerous in a dynamic sense, as it sets the...

    16 Nov 2017 | Ben Shepherd , Jaime de Melo, Ritwika Sen