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  • Blog post

    Collecting tax revenue in Uganda: The carrot and stick story

    Text messages focused on enforcement and information are most effective at collecting tax revenue, while encouragement affects the average taxpayer only with visible benefits. We collaborated with the Ugandan Revenue Authority to test whether and what types of text message reminders help raise government revenue. Specifically, we used an experiment to test how effective...

    19 Jan 2022 | Isabelle Cohen, Nicholas Musoke

  • Event

    Economic Growth Forum: Economic resilience, recovery and resurgent growth in Uganda

    The Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development, in partnership with IGC Uganda, organises the Economic Growth Forum - a high-level conference on Uganda’s economy held regularly since 2017. The conference provides an opportunity to discuss key growth challenges, learn from policy experiences in other countries, and identify a course of actions to drive...

    13 January 2022

  • Project

    Informal clustering, firm growth, and the impact of the COVID-19 shock

    In Kampala, firms are heavily concentrated in the Central Business District (CBD), where they operate next to one another in high-density, informal clusters (UBOS 2011). Manufacturing firms operating in these clusters are smaller than in terms of number of employees and do not grow over time. Demand shocks that arise from COVID-19 are likely to be more severe in denser...

    16 Nov 2021 | Anna Vitali

  • Project

    Recovery from the COVID-19 shock and the informal labour market in urban Uganda

    As COVID-19 cases continue to escalate across developing countries, many governments reimposed harsh lockdown policies, reversing months of gradual economic recovery. In Uganda, public transport and non-essential businesses were suspended for 42 days, echoing a prior shutdown through April-June 2020. These restrictions significantly impacted the informal economy, where...

    5 Oct 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume, Jung Hyuk Lee, Alessandra Peter

  • Project

    Investigating FDI linkages in developing countries

    Foreign investment into Uganda has been increasing in recent years. However, the extent to which this investment is yielding significant returns for the local economy is uncertain. To date, there is little known about the differential performance and impact of foreign firms in Uganda, and therefore limited evidence from which to design policies to make the most of Foreign...

    5 Oct 2021 | Isabela Manelici, Priya Manwaring, Jose Vasquez Carvajal

  • Project

    Cross-sectoral movements of labour in a low-income country: Evidence from Uganda

    In this project we plan to employ a newly sourced matched employer-employee dataset in Uganda to explore the cross-sectoral and cross-firm movement of labour in a low-income country. Using this data, we aim to shed light on: The extent to which workers are able to progress up the job ladder and match with good and productive employers; The relative importance of...

    5 Oct 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio

  • Project

    Policy implementation in Uganda

    Implementing government policies is essential to recover from the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and to foster economic growth through evidence-based policies. Anecdotal evidence and broad-based indices (e.g., World Bank Governance Indicators) strongly suggest that policy implementation is lacking in most sub-Saharan African countries. Reasons possibly...

    10 Sep 2021 | Harriet Conron, Jakob Rauschendorfer, Priya Manwaring, Albert Musisi

  • Event

    A review of IGC research for the Uganda revenue authority

    Taxation plays a critical dual function in fostering economic growth. Not only are tax revenues critical to fund growth-enhancing public infrastructure and services; tax policy and administration also plays a key role in directing productive and sustainable economic activity. As Uganda strives to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and global recession, these...

    15 April 2021

  • Event

    Supporting the development of Uganda’s 2nd national strategy for private sector development (2020/21 - 2024/25) through economic research session: Agriculture & agro-industrialization

    The Private Sector Development Unit (PSDU) of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of Uganda is currently in the process of developing a National Strategy for Private Sector Development (NSPD). Anchored in the National Development Plan III (updated in July 2020 to reflect the impact of COVID-19), the new NSDP will be Uganda’s key...

    21 October 2020

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Informal transport reform in Kampala city

    Public transport services in Kampala city are largely made up of minibus and motorbike taxis. While the current transport sector provides a critical means of livelihood to many individuals in the city, the jobs offered are relatively low-paid and the job market is increasingly saturated. Given the limited potential for the current transportation industry to...

    2 Sep 2021 | Priya Manwaring, Shahrukh Wani