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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Unleashing the power of urbanisation for Uganda’s new cities

    Kampala dominates Uganda’s urban system across a number of metrics, including population, production of GDP, and formal employment opportunities. However, research has shown that such urban primacy can be detrimental to economic growth for countries at lower-income levels. People are settling in these cities faster than infrastructure investments can be made,...

    9 Aug 2021 | Astrid Haas

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Pollution in Ugandan cities: Do managers avoid it or adapt in place?

    Developing countries suffer from rising urban pollution levels, with associated negative effects on health and worker productivity. We study how managers in developing country cities cope with the polluted environment. We collect high resolution pollution measurements within Ugandan cities and match these with a novel firm survey. We find that firms locate in close...

    3 Aug 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Matthew Kahn, Tommaso Porzio, Nancy Lozano Gracia, Jeanne Sorin

  • 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

  • Publication - Project Report

    Tracking price dynamics during a pandemic in Kenya and Uganda

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

  • News Item

    Remembering Patrick Musoke

    The IGC is saddened to learn that Patrick Musoke passed away on Thursday, 17 June 2021 in Kampala. Patrick Musoke was Deputy Director of Strategy Management and Business Development at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), and a long-standing Policy Affiliate of the IGC’s Cities that Work initiative. As Deputy Director of Strategy at KCCA, he played a...

    21 Jun 2021

  • Project

    Network measure of bottlenecks in Ugandan firms markets

    In Uganda, several supply-chains are characterised by a structure of a few very large firms and a large fringe of small firms (Spray and Wolf, 2017). These large firms anchor the economy together by providing a focal point for supply-chains to operate around. Without these anchor firms, output would drop substantially. On the other hand, these firms could exploit their...

    11 Jun 2021 | John Spray

  • Publication - Project Report

    The resilience of informal labour markets

    This project studies labour relations in informal economies where there are no written contracts, employment benefits, or protection for workers. ‘Informality’ is a defining characteristic of labour markets in most developing countries, making the study of employment relationships and related policy challenges especially difficult due to the paucity of administrative...

    20 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Blog post

    The resilience of informal labour markets: Insights from Uganda

    While the lockdown in Uganda resulted in a large but temporary shock to SME activity, mature labour relationships were highly resilient to the lockdown, and a large share of workers were able to temporarily engage in alternative income generating activities during the lockdown. On 30th of March 2020, the Government of Uganda implemented a hard lockdown for a 14-day...

    18 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume

  • Publication - Project Report

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to the COVID-19 shock

    In this final report, we use data from a phone survey with young workers tracked regularly since 2012 as part of an RCT on active labour market policies (Alfonsi et al. 2020) to document how they were impacted by the COVID-19 related lockdown. We targeted 1,700 young workers and successfully traced and interviewed 74% of them. The survey was conducted between October and...

    14 May 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Anna Vitali

  • Project

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to COVID-19: Evidence from Uganda

    Throughout 2020, governments around the world put in place restrictions to economic activity to curb the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, the Government implemented one of Africa’s strictest lockdowns, which lasted for two months from late March. As a result, economic activity halted throughout the country. In this project, we study how the labour market outcomes of...

    14 May 2021 | Vittorio Bassi