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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

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Responding to imported inflation in Uganda: Distributional impacts and policy options

    Inflation is ravaging the world, driven by a combination of post-pandemic supply chain disruptions, a rebound in global demand, and the war in Ukraine. The first round-effects of the global inflation surge in Uganda have occurred via jumps in the prices of seven principal commodities, delivering particularly adverse hits to the incomes of the poor. As a small open...

    14 Jun 2022 | Liam Carson, Harriet Conron, Richard Newfarmer

  • Publication - Project Report

    Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    This study investigates trade and regional integration within the East African Community (EAC), with a particular focus on agricultural goods traded between Kenya and Uganda. In recent years, the EAC has instituted several changes in trade policy, including the introduction of the common market, One Stop Border Post (OSBP), and the single-window policy (a simplified...

    10 Jun 2022 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz

  • Publication - Project Report

    Trading up: Harnessing the African Continental Free Trade Area for growth in Uganda

    African economies, including Uganda, have embarked on an ambitious programme of regional integration in the form of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This paper uses newly sourced transaction level trade data for Uganda, and a partial equilibrium simulation model to assess the trade and revenue implications of reductions in tariffs and improvements in trade...

    25 May 2022 | Jing-Woei Chien, Harriet Conron, Lawrence Edwards , Godfrey Kamutando

  • Project

    Misallocation or mismeasurement? Collecting new panel data to improve production function estimation

    SMEs tend to show substantial differences in productivity even within narrow industries and geographical regions. In order to design effective industrial policies, it is important to quantify such differences in the productivity of SMEs, identify what constraints drive these differences, and to understand what are the benefits of reducing them through external policy...

    28 Apr 2022 | Vittorio Bassi, Monica Morlacco, Tommaso Porzio, Esau Tugume

  • Project

    Reducing comparison frictions in the Ugandan credit market

    Many first-time borrowers tend to find out about loans exclusively from providers — unaware of the total cost. Financial institutions obscure prices especially for new and naive consumers to maximise profits (Atuhumuza et al. 2020), preventing many consumers from making well-informed borrowing decisions. Therefore, credit markets are characterised by substantial price...

    4 Apr 2022 | Joeri Smits

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trading up: Harnessing the AfCFTA for growth in Uganda

    The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presents a promising offer of continent-wide market access for Uganda. However, these gains are not guaranteed, and the benefits of the AfCFTA also come with increased competition for Uganda’s exports. Using a sample of large geographically dispersed African countries, our modelling estimates a net reduction in...

    24 Mar 2022 | Lawrence Edwards , Harriet Conron

  • Blog post

    Strategic or confused? Firm behaviour and missing millions in Uganda’s VAT

    A quarter of Ugandan firms appear to consistently make costly mistakes, with potentially far-reaching consequences for theory and policy design Economists usually assume that firms behave rationally – they maximise after-tax profits given some constraints. But do they really? There is growing evidence that firms don’t always behave as standard models predict. For...

    23 Feb 2022 | Miguel Almunia, Jonas Hjort, Justine Knebelmann, Lin Tian

  • 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