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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    When imports matter for exports: Firm level evidence from Pakistan

    This study by Dr. Salamat Ali, Dr Mohammad A. Razzaque, and Shafqat Ali Khan investigated the linkages between liberalisation of imports and diversification of exports by using detailed firm-level data on imports, exports, and production for Pakistan. The study used an administrative dataset of exports, imports, and domestic sales for the period 2000-2016. The import...

    8 May 2019 | Salamat Ali, Mohammad A. Razzaque, Shafqat Ali Khan Niazi, Ghazan Jamal

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    First ILO-CEPR-IGC-UNIGE Conference on labour markets in developing countries

    The conference provides a forum for high-quality work in labour and development economics and a platform for researchers and policy makers to exchange knowledge and to engage in policy discussions. The event brings together around 40 economists for a period of two days. The Conference counts with the presentation of 9 papers from experts around the world. It also...

    8–9 May 2019

  • Person

    Robert M. Townsend

    Robert M. Townsend  is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at MIT, an Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a theorist, macroeconomist, and development economist who...

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    Data: High skilled and low skilled emigration from low income countries

    We analyze location choices of foreign-born science and engineering students receiving PhDs from US universities. Foreign students who stay in the United States are positively selected on observables. They tend to stay in the United States during periods of strong US economic growth and during periods of weak home country economic growth. Foreign students from higher-income...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Using SMS data to improve Ebola models and estimate the impact of Ebola on healthcare seeking behavior in Liberia

    The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was an exemplar for the need to rapidly measure population-level health-seeking behaviors, in order to understand healthcare utilization during emergency situations. Taking advantage of the high prevalence of mobile phones, we deployed a national SMS-poll and collected data about individual-level health and health-seeking behavior...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    We study how the management practices bureaucrats operate under correlate with the quantity of public services delivered, using data from the Nigerian Civil Service. We have hand‐coded independent engineering assessments of 4,700 project completion rates. We supplement this with a management survey in the bureaucracies responsible for these projects, building on Bloom and...

    7 May 2019

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    The struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of security and state formation

    South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its existence as an independent nation. Although fighting has reduced in most parts of the country due to the revitalised peace deal in September 2018, conflict and related violence continue. More than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, 200,000 of whom are sheltering in UN...

    14 May 2019

  • Person

    David Deng

    David Deng is a South Sudanese/American human rights lawyer who spent much of the last decade engaged in research and advocacy in South Sudan. Deng’s research has touched on a broad array of issues, including the challenges and opportunities of large-scale land investment, customary law, and local dispute resolution mechanisms, citizen views on peace processes and...

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    Geoffrey L. Duke

    Geoffrey L. Duke is a South Sudanese Peace and Rights activist. He is the director of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA) and Campaign Manager of “The South Sudan We Want campaign” – an initiative fostering dialogue among South Sudanese from all walks of life about their visions, dreams and aspirations for their country. Mr. Duke has experience...

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    Agyedho Adwok Nyaba

    Agyedho Adwok Nyaba is a communication specialist who has worked in international development for over eight years, with experience in strategic communications, aid and donor coordination, civil society engagement, advocacy, conflict mediation and negotiation, migration, private sector development, and gender. Ms Nyaba has worked with UNHABITAT, IOM (HQs in Geneva)...