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  • Project

    Review of privatisation for sustainable growth

    As part of the ongoing recent wave of economic reforms designed to revitalise the economy by expanding the role of the private sector, Ethiopia is aggressively pursuing privatisation policies selling varying level of stakes and assets in different state-owned enterprises (SOEs) including power, telecoms, and logistics/transport sectors. The primary aim of this project is...

    17 Dec 2019 | Abbi Mamo Kedir, Biniam Bedasso

  • Project

    Exchange rate shocks and firm behaviour: Evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda

    As developing countries, Uganda and Ethiopia frequently face exchange rate shocks. The effect of exchange rate shocks on the performance of firms is not well understood. In Ethiopia, policymakers devalue the local currency to correct misalignment. The effect of such devaluation is of interest to policymakers. Manufacturing firms in developing countries rely on imported...

    11 Dec 2019 | Pramila Krishnan

  • Project

    Performance of artisanal gold exports in Ethiopia

    In its second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), the Government of Ethiopia planned to expand the export base by strengthening the export performance of selected sectors, including mining. The government set an ambitious target of increasing foreign exchange earnings of the mining sector from 344 million USD to 2.0 billion USD between 2014/15 and 2019/20. Enhancing...

    29 Nov 2019 | Kiflu Molla, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

  • Project

    Property taxes for urban development: A micro-simulation analysis for Ethiopia

    Property tax has been a relatively under-utilised source of urban finance in developing countries. This is especially pronounced in rapidly urbanising regions such as Africa and Asia. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa reports that Africa’s urban population has reached 40 percent of the total in 2014 and is expected to reach 56 percent in 2050. This...

    29 Nov 2019 | Kiflu Molla, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde

  • Project

    Industrialisation and urbanisation

    Ethiopia is a fast-growing low-income country with an expanding manufacturing sector. A key policy objective of the government of Ethiopia is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. The parks are designed to offer high-quality government services and infrastructure (including a reliable energy supply), access to a...

    29 Nov 2019 | Stefano Caria, Stefan Dercon, Girum Abebe, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Project

    Measuring management practices in Ethiopian firms: Module for the CSA manufacturing survey of medium and large enterprises

    The project team has already merged survey data from the Central Statistical Authority's (CSA’s) Census of Medium and Large Enterprises with Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority’s firm level trade data. This has resulted in a panel data set. This project aims to disentangle fluctuations in supply of material inputs from other constraints. Also, the larger aim is to...

    29 Nov 2019 | Andualem Mengistu, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Pramila Krishnan

  • Project

    Hawassa Industrial Park administrative data collection support

    The Government of Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious industrialisation strategy based on the creation of special economic zones as centres of export-oriented light manufacturing. The flagship industrial park of this strategy is located in the city of Hawassa, in Ethiopia's Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) Region. At full capacity, the Hawassa...

    4 Nov 2019 | Morgan Hardy, Christian Meyer, Kevin Croke

  • Blog post

    Humans of policy research: Personal stories from implementing and government partners of the Ethiopia Industrial Park Community impact evaluation

    Policymakers, government partners, and local stakeholders play a critical role in the success (or failure) of an impact evaluation. Often motivated by a desire to have better evidence for decision making, policymakers engage with research teams on the development, design, and implementation of these impact evaluations. By working together, researchers can make sure that...

    7 Oct 2019 | Morgan Hardy, Christian Meyer, Kayleigh Campbell, Eyoual Tamrat

  • Project

    Firm credit and financial development: Evidence from the management practices across the universe of Ethiopian bank branches

    The availability of firm credit is key for the entry, growth and internationalisation of firms. This project explores a new dimension behind firm credit, given by the capacity of banks to reach the best entrepreneurs across different geographic locations. Our approach focuses on bank branches as the units that engage with the local economy, given the importance of...

    18 Sep 2019 | Francesco Strobbe, Nicola Limodio

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Special Economic Zones: Evidence and prerequisites for success

    Special Economic Zones (SEZs) aim to benefit from firm clustering by facilitating technology spillovers, labour availability, and market access. Evidence on the employment and wage effects of SEZs is mixed. Wages for unskilled workers tend to be lower initially and then increase over time. Labour abuse is a concern in many SEZs Export-oriented SEZs are frequently...

    30 May 2019 | Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde