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  • Publication - Project Report

    Natural resource sector FDI, government policy, and economic growth: Quasi-experimental evidence from Liberia

    23 Apr 2018 | Jonas Bunte, Harsh Desai, Kanio Bai Gbala, Bradley Parks, Daniel Runfola

  • Project

    How to increase the adoption of civil service reform? The role of training and incentives

    Many developing countries suffer from ineffective public service delivery. A growing literature sheds light on reforms which can improve public service quality. For instance, existing studies focus on showing how performance‐based incentives can improve the performance of frontline civil servants working in health facilities, schools, or collecting taxes. Also, a large...

    22 Jan 2018 | Vincent Pons, Daniel Rogger, Erika Deserranno, Jennifer Ljungqvist

  • Case Study: State

    The economic impacts of Ebola

    Our initiative provided data about the economics impacts of the Ebola crisis, allowing us to provide evidence-backed policy advice to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    20 Oct 2017

  • Project

    Mapping informal financial flows in the artisanal mining sector: The cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

    In recent years, the economic importance and formalisation of artisanal gold mining has taken centre stage in policy discussions on rural economic development in West Africa.  Research has shown that despite being associated with a host of environmental, health and safety and social concerns, the sector provides a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of poor people in the...

    12 Oct 2017 | Roy Maconachie, Gavin Hilson

  • Blog post

    Five key challenges facing Liberia’s transport industry: Paving the way to market integration

    Improving transport connectivity and increasing market integration could improve competition, trade, and potential for growth in small Liberian firms. Transport costs are a key factor in determining market integration. Consequently, keeping transport costs low is critical to economic development, particularly for small firms situated in isolated local economies. In Liberia...

    29 Jun 2017 | Golvine de Rochambeau

  • Blog post

    Intra-national trade costs and economic isolation

    High intra-national trade costs prevent market integration, so reducing them can help develop local economies in remote parts of a country. Building transport infrastructure alone is insufficient. The case of Liberia demonstrates that intra-national transport costs remain significant due to high vehicle prices, vehicle repair costs, credit constraints, and...

    12 Jun 2017 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Jonas Hjort

  • Project

    Yes to peace: Preventing election violence in Liberia

    In 2017, Liberia will be conducting its third general election after its civil conflict. Liberia is among a handful of African countries that could experience election violence during elections this year.  In fact, security officials speculate that electoral violence in the forthcoming general elections is perhaps of a greater likelihood than at any time since 2005 given...

    25 May 2017 | Sabrina Karim

  • Blog post

    What are development corridor strategies, and do they work?

    Across large swaths of the developing world, a new trend is taking hold: governments are targeting public and private investments in specific geographic areas in the hopes of creating spatial “development corridors.” These strategies are guided by the belief that concentrating and co-locating infrastructure investments in specific locations can create clusters of...

    24 Feb 2017 | Bradley Parks

  • Project

    The socio-economic impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

    The Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration has made natural resource concessions a key part of Liberia’s economic growth strategy. It has granted somewhere between 21% and 38% of the country’s land to investors in the hopes that they will stimulate economic activity in the agriculture and mining sectors, increase employment in rural areas, and build and maintain...

    26 Jan 2017 | Bradley Parks, Daniel Runfola, Jonas Bunte, Kanio Bai Gbala