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  • Blog post

    New research findings on firms in five graphs

    The productivity gap between firms in developed and developing countries is large. Recent research has focused on both the obstacles and opportunities in bridging this gap. This blog presents new findings, presented in five graphs, from up-and-coming economists exploring firm productivity in developing countries. Evidence shows firms are much less productive in developing...

    18 Jan 2019 | Emilie Yam

  • Project

    For the public good? Regulation, management, and the performance of private healthcare providers in Tanzania

    Not only does the health sector account for a significant proportion of the economy in most countries, it helps to build human capital by preventing death and disability. In many low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), the private healthcare sector comprises a major and growing source of treatment. Their rapid growth reflects a confluence of factors including inadequate...

    18 Jan 2019 | Timothy Powell-Jackson , Catherine Goodman, Matthew Quaife

  • Person

    Matthew Quaife

    Matthew Quaife is an Assistant Professor in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His current research focuses on evaluating the impact of quality improvement programmes in Ethiopia and Nigeria. He is also involved in demand side and behavioural economic projects to understand choices around HIV prevention and contraceptive use in South...

  • Person

    Catherine Goodman

    Catherine Goodman is a Professor in health economics and policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has 20 years of experience in applied health systems research in low and middle-income settings. Her work focuses on understanding and improving private sector healthcare provision - understanding the growth of this sector, the incentives private...

  • Person

    Timothy Powell-Jackson

    Timothy Powell-Jackson is an Associate Professor in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has 12 years of research experience working in low- and middle-income countries, applying empirical methods to better understand how health systems function and how they can improve. Much of his work involves the evaluation of policies that seek to...

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal settlements and housing markets

    Across the developing world, over one billion people live in informal settlements, and this number is set to double in the next 15 years. This brief explores options for policymakers both to address existing informal settlements, and to ensure that future urban growth provides affordable formal housing for its residents.

    18 Jan 2019 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy paper

    How can cities become more resilient? Improving flood management through better governance, private sector partnerships and open data

    The health of the world economy is increasingly dependent on well-functioning cities. However, climatic changes and new population patterns are making them increasingly vulnerable to shocks (e.g. flooding) and stressors (e.g. sea-level rise). Robust and timely policy actions, such as finding creative new ways to incentivise cross-institutional cooperation, are...

    18 Jan 2019 | Ammar A Malik

  • Project

    Reviewing Uganda’s 2017 National Export Action Plan

    Uganda’s Export Promotion Action Plan prioritises export-oriented growth to attain middle income status by 2020. In April 2017, the Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA) invited the IGC to review the Export Promotion Action Plan. According to the NPA, the IGC’s recommendations informed not only the Export Action Plan, but a number of other policy papers ...

    16 Jan 2019 | Ritwika Sen, Richard Newfarmer

  • Project

    Urbanisation in Rwanda: Future driver of growth

    Urbanisation affects where individuals live, what firms produce, and the composition of the local economy. Researchers wrote a policy note on key challenges to urbanisation in Rwanda They recommended that the Rwandan government should look at urbanisation beyond the strict definition of investment in structures, and should also focus more broadly at rural-urban...

    16 Jan 2019 | Sally Murray

  • Project

    Establishing frameworks for municipal finance in Somaliland

    A lack of appropriate policies for municipal revenue collection poses a significant fiscal challenge for many low-income country cities. The IGC’s Astrid Haas was invited by the Somaliland Ministry of Interior to co-chair their Municipal Finance Taskforce and to deliver a workshop on municipal finance. The workshop was welcomed by government officials, who...

    16 Jan 2019 | Astrid Haas