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  • Blog post

    Rethinking VAT: Making sense of Zambia’s policy U-turn on VAT

    On 28 September 2018, the Zambian Minister of Finance, Margaret Mwanakatwe, in her maiden budget address to Parliament, announced a major policy change set to turn the Zambian tax system on its head. Effective April 2019, Zambia will abolish Value Added Tax (VAT) and replace it with a non-refundable sales tax. This move re-opened a policy debate: Which consumption tax is...

    4 Feb 2019 | Twivwe Siwale

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Key considerations for integrated multi-modal transport planning

    This paper will start by outlining the limits of city transport policies and planning focused on road and car based infrastructure. It will then outline the main components of integrated multi modal transport plans. This type of planning is increasingly being adopted and to understand why, this paper will outline the potential benefits of such plans if they are...

    1 Feb 2019 | Astrid Haas

  • Person

    Dan Graham

    Dan Graham is Professor of Statistical Modelling in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London (ICL) and Director of the ICL Transport Strategy Centre (TSC). He holds doctoral degrees from the Department of Mathematics at Imperial and from the London School of Economics. Dan has published over 90 papers in refereed journals and two...

  • Blog post

    The effects of electricity price increases on the poor in Zambia

    The distribution of electricity subsidies and access to the grid is skewed towards rich households, resulting in an increase in extreme poverty. However,  budget neutral mitigation strategies lead to larger reductions in extreme poverty compared to the baseline scenario. In 2016, the electricity crisis in Zambia reached its peak, with daily load shedding of up to 12 hours...

    30 Jan 2019 | Mashekwa Maboshe, Grieve Chelwa

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Filling the gap: How information can help jobseekers

    This Growth Brief presents new evidence on interventions that target gaps in labour market information. It finds interventions that certify skills are particularly effective at helping jobseekers secure higher-paying jobs.

    29 Jan 2019 | Stefano Caria, Theres Lessing

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Helping young Ethiopians find jobs

    IGC researcher Girum Abebe of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute discusses a randomised evaluation of two job programmes helping young Ethiopians find jobs in Addis Ababa.

    28 Jan 2019

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Estimating a social discount rate for Myanmar

    28 Jan 2019 | Tim Dobermann

  • Blog post

    IGC Quick Clicks: A new world order in the making? Highlights from Davos

    A short summary of the main themes covered at the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “It can’t be business as usual amid constant protests, riots, shutdowns and escalating social tensions”. These words were written by Seth Klarman, touted as the next Warren Buffet by Fortune, and titled the ‘most successful and influential investor you've probably never...

    25 Jan 2019 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Women, entrepreneurship, and institutions

    This project aims to investigate whether improving enforcement of rule of law benefits female entrepreneurs more than male entrepreneurs, thus serving to reduce the gender gap in entrepreneurship. The project builds upon previous work that collected data on the distribution of all businesses across Lusaka. This brief presents new analysis of this data which reveals...

    25 Jan 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Alexia Delfino, Edward Glaeser