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  • Publication - Project Report

    Do chiefs' endorsements affect voter behaviour?

    We study whether and why traditional leaders can influence voter behaviour using real endorsement messages made by chiefs in support of the incumbent presidential candidate during Ghana’s 2020 presidential elections. Using an experimental design, we document a positive impact of endorsement messages on vote choice, but not on turnout. We find that the effect of chiefs’...

    17 Sep 2021 | Sarah Brierley, George Ofosu

  • Publication - Project Report

    She wins: Electing women in ethnically divided societies

    17 Sep 2021 | Arindam Banerjee, Sayan Banerjee, Charles Hankla, Kunal Singh, Anjali Thomas

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal transport reform in Kampala city

    Public transport services in Kampala city are largely made up of minibus and motorbike taxis. While the current transport sector provides a critical means of livelihood to many individuals in the city, the jobs offered are relatively low-paid and the job market is increasingly saturated. Given the limited potential for the current transportation industry to...

    2 Sep 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Shahrukh Wani

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Services and economic development in Africa

    This paper presents data and analyses the structure of employment in thirteen African economies at the administrative unit level, with a focus on the role of services. We provide two novel pieces of evidence. First, we present a descriptive snapshot of changes in the composition of employment over time and across geographies. This reveals evidence of structural...

    1 Sep 2021 | Leonardo Baccini, Matteo Fiorini, Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Empirical research on taxation in Uganda

    This note summarises discussions and presentations from an afternoon seminar held by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the IGC on the 15th April 2021. The aim of the event was to share and discuss findings from ongoing research projects conducted jointly by personnel from the URA and the IGC.

    18 Aug 2021 | Joseph Okello Ayo, Isabelle Cohen, Felix Forster, Tina Kaidu, Priya Manwaring, Dorothy Nakyambadde, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Gender, social change, and urbanisation in North India

    In the coming years, India will seek to reap the benefits of a demographic dividend that will maximise the growth potential of its economy. However, this potential dividend will likely be squandered if half of the country’s population—namely women—face continued steep barriers to social and economic empowerment. This study examines how gender, urbanisation, and...

    16 Aug 2021 | Neelanjan Sircar, Milan Vaishnav

  • Publication - Project Report

    Gender, social change, and urbanisation in North India

    13 Aug 2021 | Milan Vaishnav

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Unleashing the power of urbanisation for Uganda’s new cities

    Kampala dominates Uganda’s urban system across a number of metrics, including population, production of GDP, and formal employment opportunities. However, research has shown that such urban primacy can be detrimental to economic growth for countries at lower-income levels. People are settling in these cities faster than infrastructure investments can be made,...

    9 Aug 2021 | Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Policy paper

    From car-free days to pollution-free cities: Reflections on clean urban transport in Rwanda

    East Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing cities and levels of traffic congestion, air pollution, and vehicle accidents are rising. Rwanda, with its rapidly growing urbanisation rate, faces a major challenge: to decouple the growth of cities and urban mobility from air pollution. Using high-quality data, this policy paper adds to existing research...

    3 Aug 2021 | Egide Kalisa, Andrew Sudmant, Remy Ruberambuga, Jonathan Bower

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    City of dreams no more, a year on: Worklessness and active labour market policies in urban India

    Ten months on from the lockdown months of April to June 2020 in India, we conducted a new field survey in lower-income states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh during February and March 2021. The new survey expanded coverage of the target group through a boost sample of individuals who have lost work due to the pandemic. Forty percent of recontacted workers...

    3 Aug 2021 | Swati Dhingra, Fjolla Kondirolli