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  • Blog post

    Should graduation programmes replace the more conventional cash transfers?

    The past decade has seen an exponential rise in social protection initiatives – mostly in the form of unconditional cash transfer programmes. In Latin America, Africa and South Asia, these emerge as promising interventions to reduce poverty. There is also a rising global trend of using conditionalities linked to such transfers to increase school enrolment, and access to...

    3 May 2019 | Hina Shaikh

  • Person

    Oliver Baden

    Oliver is the IGC’s Interim Chief Finance Officer (CFO). Prior to joining the IGC, Oliver worked within the central finance division of the LSE as a Finance Manager, covering various roles across the Finance Division. Oliver was previously a manager in the Private Clients Audit division of PwC Australia, working across a diverse client portfolio including large charities,...

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    Data: Evaluating policy reforms to reduce corruption

    This paper exploits quasi-experimental variation in tariffs in southern Africa to estimate trade elasticities. Traded quantities respond only weakly to a 30 percent reduction in the average nominal tariff rate. Trade flow data combined with primary data on firm behavior and bribe payments suggest that corruption is a potential explanation for the observed low elasticities....

    2 May 2019

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    Data: Foreign investors under stress: Evidence at the firm level

    Emerging market policy makers have been concerned about the financial stability implications of financial globalization. These concerns are focused particularly on behavior under stressed conditions. Do tail events in the home country trigger off extreme responses by foreign investors and is there any asymmetry between the responses of foreign investors to very good versus...

    2 May 2019

  • Blog post

    Increasing religious awareness and professional training

    The discovery of natural gas triggered violent extremism in Northern Mozambique. Could religious awareness and professional training quell violence? [caption id="attachment_28440" align="alignnone" width="768"] Figure 1: The Economist, Aug 9th 2018.[/caption] There is vast economic and political science literature on conflict and civil wars, which mostly focuses on the...

    1 May 2019 | Inês Vilela, Pedro Vicente

  • Publication - Policy paper

    Urban governance institutions: Policy options for fast growing cities

    Developing countries today are home to all of the world’s thirty fastest-growing major cities — with sub-Saharan Africa home to twenty-one of these thirty. This rapid growth has made these cities the epicentre for the battle for national prosperity, a struggle whose outcome depends on the policy choices made by city leaders. Policy options which target the...

    30 Apr 2019 | Astrid Haas, Shahrukh Wani

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Women’s mobility and labour force participation: Early evidence from Karachi

    30 Apr 2019 | Asad Sayeed, Natasha Ansari, Usman Naeem

  • Project

    Women’s experiences of agency and mobility in the megacity of Karachi and their labour force participation

    Economic growth in South Asia is associated with employment, and improved job quality in particular. However, employment rates in South Asia overtime have remained stubborn and below those in other regions, largely attributed to persistently low female employment and participation rates (Nayar et al. 2012). Female youth labour force participation (LFP) rates in South Asia...

    30 Apr 2019 | Asad Sayeed, Natasha Ansari

  • Person

    Natasha Ansari

    Natasha is one of the lead researchers on the Value Chains pillar for the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) research consortium at the Collective for Social Science Reserach. She has co-authoured the book A Microcredit Alternative in South Asia: Akhuwat’s Experiment (Routledge, 2018). She is also one of the campaign organisers for Girls at...

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    Asad Sayeed

    Asad has been with the Collective for Social Science Research since its inception, but actively started working as Senior Research Associate in 2003. Previously, Asad has worked as Senior Economist at the Social Policy Development Centre from 1995 to 1997. He was then Director of Research at the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research from 1997 to 2000. In...