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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Making privatisation work for Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has embarked on a major programme to privatise some of its key state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as part of a broader effort to reform the economy and expand the role of the private sector. The country is attracting large volumes of foreign direct investment, being one of the top 10 recipients in the African continent (UNCTAD, 2019). This brief is based on a...

    18 May 2021 | Abbi Mamo Kedir, Biniam Bedasso

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The rental market in an industrialising city

    A key policy objective of the Ethiopian government is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. An ongoing IGC project in Hawassa Industrial Park shows the role of housing shortages and rental prices in triggering worker absenteeism and turnover. We conduct quantitative surveys to explore the housing market...

    18 May 2021 | Stefan Dercon, Stefano Caria, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Incentives to support agriculture in the East African Community: Lessons for Rwanda

    As one of the potential drivers of Rwanda’s economic growth, agro-processing industries are supported with measures including tax incentives, import tariff protection, and supporting infrastructure. Analysis of Rwanda’s agricultural market shows substantial policy weight is assigned to staple cereal crops such as rice, maize, and wheat – translating into price...

    18 May 2021 | Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen, Kym Anderson

  • Blog post

    The resilience of informal labour markets: Insights from Uganda

    While the lockdown in Uganda resulted in a large but temporary shock to SME activity, mature labour relationships were highly resilient to the lockdown, and a large share of workers were able to temporarily engage in alternative income generating activities during the lockdown. On 30th of March 2020, the Government of Uganda implemented a hard lockdown for a 14-day...

    18 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Project

    Judicial access and development: Evidence from Pakistan

    Effective justice systems can improve the living conditions of populations by addressing violations of political rights, promoting peaceful dispute resolutions, and supporting economic governance for development. Yet, three challenges affect the Judiciary in most developing countries, and specifically in Pakistan: poor access, especially for vulnerable populations;...

    14 May 2021 | Daniel Chen, Adnan Khan, Sultan Mehmood

  • Person

    Sultan Mehmood

    Sultan Mehmood is an assistant professor (tenure-track) of Economics at the New Economic School in Moscow. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris in October 2019. Sultan was also a postdoctoral research associate at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) from 2019-2020.

  • Person

    Daniel Chen

    Daniel Li Chen is the Lead Principal Investigator, DE JURE (Data and Evidence for Justice Reform) at the World Bank, Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and Professor at the Toulouse School of Economics.

  • Publication - Project Report

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to the COVID-19 shock

    In this final report, we use data from a phone survey with young workers tracked regularly since 2012 as part of an RCT on active labour market policies (Alfonsi et al. 2020) to document how they were impacted by the COVID-19 related lockdown. We targeted 1,700 young workers and successfully traced and interviewed 74% of them. The survey was conducted between October and...

    14 May 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Anna Vitali

  • Project

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from Uganda

    Throughout 2020, governments around the world put in place restrictions to economic activity to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, the Government implemented one of Africa’s strictest lockdowns, which lasted for two months from late March. As a result, economic activity halted throughout the country. In this project, we study how the labour market outcomes of...

    14 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi

  • Event

    IGC Patna Summer School in Development Economics (Online)

    The International Growth Centre, directed by the London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Oxford, along with the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram are organising the 3rd IGC Patna Summer School in Development Economics 5th - 9th July 2021. The workshop will be held virtually and is intended for advanced PhD students, students with recent...

    5–9 July 2021