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  • Publication - Policy paper

    Note d'orientation COVID-19 d'IGC: Stratégies de confinement et soutien aux foyers vulnérables

    Dans tous les pays en développement, les décideurs politiques sont confrontés à la nécessité de prendre des décisions rapides pour répondre à la crise liée au COVID-19, avec peu de données ou de conseil à leur disposition. L'IGC s'efforce d'accompagner ces processus de prise de décision en augmentant l'apport de données et en distillant des orientations...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jonathan Leape

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    La prise de décisions politiques en période d'incertitude : le confinement intelligent avec apprentissage actif

    La pandémie de COVID-19 entraîne une crise sanitaire et économique d'une ampleur sans précédent pour cette génération. Avec des preuves limitées sur lesquelles s'appuyer, il est difficile de comprendre quelles politiques utiliser. Face à cette incertitude, des fermetures généralisées ont été imposées dans de nombreux pays développés et en...

    11 Jun 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Smart containment: How low-income countries can tailor their COVID-19 response

    Low-income countries will have a much harder time putting their economies in a “medically induced coma” in response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). They are home to many of the extreme poor, who, for the most part, have no option but to live in overcrowded conditions with limited access to clean water and sanitation. They work in the informal sector, often for a...

    11 Jun 2020 | Jishnu Das, Carolina Sánchez-Páramo

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Social protection in fragile states

    Despite various challenges, social protection is more important than ever right now for fragile countries that already house a large share of the world’s poor. The World Bank is estimating that the COVID-19 crisis has the potential to push about 40-60 million more people into extreme poverty, erasing decades of anti-poverty efforts. The World Bank has documented that...

    11 Jun 2020 | Rema Hanna

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Policymaking in uncertain times: Smart containment with active learning (Arabic version)

    تؤدي جائحة فيروس كورونا المستجد (COVID-19) إلى كوارث صحية واقتصادية بدرجة غير مسبوقة على هذا الجيل، ومع محدودية الأدلة التي يمكن الاعتماد عليها، يصعب فهم السياسات التي يجب استخدامها. في ظل هذه الأوقات...

    2 Jun 2020 | Astrid Haas, Adnan Khan, Asim Khwaja

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Tracking the economic consequences and responses to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

    29 May 2020 | Niccoló Meriggi, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Macartan Humphreys, Herbert M'cleod, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Wilson Prichard, Peter van der Windt, Maarten Voors, Matthew Krupoff , Madison Levine, Ashwini Shridhar

  • Publication - Working Paper

    How should policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic differ in the developing world?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already led to dramatic policy responses in most advanced economies, and in particular sustained lockdowns matched with sizeable transfers to much of the workforce. This paper provides a preliminary quantitative analysis of how aggregate policy responses should differ in developing countries. To do so we build an incomplete-markets...

    26 May 2020 | Titan Alon, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Mitchell VanVuren

  • 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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    A road map for e-mobility transition in Rwanda

    Electric vehicles (EV) are gaining popularity among both governments and the private sector globally as an energy efficient mobility technology and the Government of Rwanda (GoR) embraces the fact that their expansion is now inevitable, as they aim to scale up their nascent e-moto industry. The researchers recommend e-mobility be implemented in the context of a wider...

    13 May 2020 | Jitendra Bajpai, Jonathan Bower