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  • Project

    Community health care and COVID-19 pandemic: Experimental evidence

    The limited capacity of the health systems in many low-income countries, especially in rural areas, suggests that the rapid spreading of the COVID-19 virus could have huge consequences in those areas. On top of the direct impact of the virus, a growing concern is that the shift in attention and resources towards the COVID-19 pandemic might crowd-out other essential...

    16 Jul 2020 | Martina Bjorkman-Nyqvist, Jakob Svensson, Andrea Guariso

  • 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

  • Publication - Project Report

    Exploring the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system

    Interest spreads in Uganda have been persistently high over the last two decades. This paper aims to complement the literature by investigating the determinants of interest rate spreads in Uganda, following the period after the adoption of Inflation Targeting, using three different approaches: First, a cross country comparison with regional peers; Second, a...

    10 Jul 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Nicole Ntungire

  • Publication - Policy note

    Easing the burden of Covid-19 in Uganda: Lowering food prices by reducing tariffs

    This note explores a measure to ease economic pressure from COVID-19 in Uganda: the elimination of high import tariffs on four important agricultural products, namely rice, vegetable oil, sugar and wheat/wheat flour. Using a dataset on household income derived from as well as expenditure on agricultural products, the researcher estimates that eliminating tariffs on...

    22 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    This paper examines the impact of the South Sudanese civil war on trade in East Africa. In a first step, we employ a gravity model to examine the impact of civil conflict on the trade of neighbouring countries in a general sense and conduct a counterfactual simulation for the South Sudanese case.

    20 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Project

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Blog post

    Technology and property tax: Raising city revenue in Kampala

    Recent technology has proved effective in expanding the city’s tax base but requires up to date data and is no substitute for supportive policy and legislation. Property taxes are a hugely important potential source of revenue for cities. Faced with limited municipal revenues and rapidly growing populations, taxes on the value of land and property can offer a...

    14 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Estimating the fiscal impact of tariff reform in Uganda using TRIST

    7 Apr 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Blog post

    Location, location, and information: Firm clustering in Kampala

    A distinctive feature of business in Kampala is the clustering of similar products in particular areas of the city. Need a boda boda helmet to get to work? On Kyagwe Road in Old Kampala you’ll find any and all vehicle parts and accessories. Art supplies? Head straight to the shops on Nasser Road in Nakasero. For furniture, there are at least ten different suppliers along...

    1 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system: Results from a new analysis of banking system data

    There have long been concerns about high-interest rates charged by banks in Uganda and wide spreads between deposit and lending rates. This makes it difficult for firms to borrow for the productive investment that is required to achieve high rates of economic growth. This study investigates the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system, using...

    13 Mar 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Nicole Ntungire, Doreen Rubatsimbira