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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    We conducted surveys with a representative sample of over 1,500 traders in markets near the Kenya-Uganda border, as well as a census of border clearing agents, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Larger traders are more likely to engage in cross-border trade, likely because the fixed costs of trade barriers mean that per-unit costs fall heaviest on smaller...

    21 Jun 2022 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz, Eleanor Wiseman

  • Blog post

    Trade, informality, and corruption: Evidence from small-scale traders in Kenya

    The COVID-19 pandemic has induced vast trade disruptions that have stunted firms’ sales, profits, and growth, particularly for small-scale traders. While many formal borders closed, small-scale traders crossing official borders must increasingly rely on informal border crossings to make a living. In Kenya, we surveyed small-scale traders to analyse their cross-border...

    2 Feb 2022 | Eleanor Wiseman

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking prices during COVID-19 in Kenya and Uganda

    This project serves as a proof of concept exploring whether it is possible to collect high-quality, high-frequency price data at scale through a crowd-sourcing approach. We collected over 39,000 price quotes of essential food items in Kenya and Uganda between April 2020 and mid-March 2021, featuring a wide geographic coverage. The findings suggest that prices were...

    9 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Blog post

    Money or power? Choosing COVID-19 aid in Kenya

    Participants in an experiment comparing demand for cash transfers and electricity subsidies in urban Kenya, overwhelmingly prefer cash given the proliferation of mobile money via platforms like M-PESA and preference for short-term liquidity. Conversely, in rural Kenya, slightly more respondents opted for electricity token transfers given that they face saving constraints...

    25 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Kenneth Lee, Oliver Kim, Eric Hsu, Susanna Berkouwer

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Agro-dealer and farmer COVID-19 survey: April – June 2020

    The researchers interviewed 973 crop farmers, 99 dairy farmers, and 483 agro-dealers to help assess the impacts of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers and other actors across the agricultural value chain. The researchers make several findings, including that a majority of farmers report financial distress and agro-dealers were seeing lower footfall traffic. However,...

    23 Sep 2020 | Tomoko Harigaya, Kaitlyn Turner, Hannah Timmis, Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Siyao Jessica Zhu

  • Project

    Tracking price dynamics during a pandemic in Kenya and Uganda

    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across the globe, economies face disruptions in global and national supply chains due to the pandemic itself and related government response measures. The disruptions pose a serious threat to food security. In Kenya and Uganda, policymakers are particularly worried about COVID-19 induced price spikes and supply shortages of essential...

    16 Jul 2020 | Christopher Woodruff, George Kinyanjui, Verena Wiedemann

  • Blog post

    Smart containment and social protection: Lessons from Kenya’s COVID-19 fight

    During a time of high uncertainty, the Kenyan government has taken careful and considered steps towards containing COVID-19, while keeping as much of the economy functioning as possible. To work most effectively, the government’s smart containment strategy must be informed by data – more extensive COVID-19 testing is critical for this. As with many other African...

    18 May 2020 | Sarah Logan

  • Project

    Economic impacts of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers and the agricultural value chain in Kenya

    Social distancing protocols present economic and health risks to the rural poor in developing countries. These include: food shortages distortions in food and input prices disruption in the availability of inputs high levels of unemployment In Kenya, COVID-19 has restricted both human movement and trade. The Kenyan Government's concern is that enforced...

    5 May 2020 | Tomoko Harigaya, Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Hannah Timmis, Siyao Jessica Zhu, Kaitlyn Turner

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking constraints to micro-entrepreneurship using IVR technology: Results from a pilot study in Kenya and Uganda

    Current data collection exercises fail to capture the heterogeneity of entrepreneurs in developing countries in terms of scale. This project proposes a research agenda around understanding the constraints faced by micro-entrepreneurs, both formal and informal, through a series of mobile-based surveys (using IVR technology) delivered to small firms and...

    16 Jan 2020 | Tavneet Suri, Louis Dorval