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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Making privatisation work for Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has embarked on a major programme to privatise some of its key state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as part of a broader effort to reform the economy and expand the role of the private sector. The country is attracting large volumes of foreign direct investment, being one of the top 10 recipients in the African continent (UNCTAD, 2019). This brief is based on a...

    18 May 2021 | Abbi Mamo Kedir, Biniam Bedasso

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The rental market in an industrialising city

    A key policy objective of the Ethiopian government is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. An ongoing IGC project in Hawassa Industrial Park shows the role of housing shortages and rental prices in triggering worker absenteeism and turnover. We conduct quantitative surveys to explore the housing market...

    18 May 2021 | Stefan Dercon, Stefano Caria, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Incentives to support agriculture in the East African Community: Lessons for Rwanda

    As one of the potential drivers of Rwanda’s economic growth, agro-processing industries are supported with measures including tax incentives, import tariff protection, and supporting infrastructure. Analysis of Rwanda’s agricultural market shows substantial policy weight is assigned to staple cereal crops such as rice, maize, and wheat – translating into price...

    18 May 2021 | Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen, Kym Anderson

  • Publication - Project Report

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to the COVID-19 shock

    In this final report, we use data from a phone survey with young workers tracked regularly since 2012 as part of an RCT on active labour market policies (Alfonsi et al. 2020) to document how they were impacted by the COVID-19 related lockdown. We targeted 1,700 young workers and successfully traced and interviewed 74% of them. The survey was conducted between October and...

    14 May 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Anna Vitali

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Productivity, shocks, and management practices

    13 May 2021 | Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Michael Koelle, Pramila Krishnan, Andualem Mengistu

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding gender barriers in the Pakistani labour market: A deep dive in the job search process

    The emerging reasons behind low female labour force participation rates in developing countries are a lack of access to safe transport, social norms, and the burden of household responsibilities. However, one area which has received less attention is the job search process itself. We use data from a job search platform in Lahore, Pakistan, to discuss the differences...

    13 May 2021 | Vaishali Jain , Lala Rukh Khan, Sarah Xu, Julia Wu, Alieha Shahid, Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field, Robert Garlick, Nivedhitha Subramanian

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Management practices and banking: The case of Ethiopia

    This study investigates whether management practices allow Ethiopian bank branches to improve their credit provision. Researchers surveyed over 1,900 branches affiliated with 16 Ethiopian banks to score management practices across various dimensions and collect information on day-to-day operations. Ethiopian bank branches that adopt stronger management practices...

    12 May 2021 | Francesco Strobbe, Nicola Limodio

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Economic activity and living standards during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from rural Kenya

    Detailed quantitative evidence on the evolution of economic outcomes during the COVID-19 health crisis in low-income countries remains scarce. This study examines the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns using phone surveys from a representative sample of 11,000 households and 5,000 businesses in one of the poorest regions in Kenya. Surveys started early in the pandemic,...

    12 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker, Dennis Egger

  • Publication - Project Report

    Understanding economic effects and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from a cash transfer project in Kenya

    12 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Dennis Egger, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Productivity, shocks, and management practices in Ethiopia and Uganda

    Ethiopia and Uganda are two land-locked economies dependent on imported inputs for a small but growing manufacturing sector. They have contrasting exchange rate regimes affecting the cost of imports in different ways. Ethiopia uses a crawling peg exchange rate regime while Uganda has a floating exchange rate regime. Currency fluctuations are associated with the...

    12 May 2021 | Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Michael Koelle, Pramila Krishnan, Andualem Mengistu