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  • Project

    Review of grant-aided institutions in Zambia

    Grant-aided institutions represent a significant cadre of public organisations in Zambia. This project aims to review the modalities used to execute and finance the public functions undertaken by these institutions. It is a response to a request from the Budget Office under the Ministry of Finance to review and assess the cost-effectiveness and appropriateness of the...

    9 Dec 2019 | Gary Reid, Shebo Nalishebo, Florence Banda-Muleya

  • Project

    Relaxing seasonal constraints to improve labour productivity: Scaling-up with a private sector partner

    In Zambia, small-scale agriculture employs the vast majority of the rural population, despite low levels of productivity and farming income. Recent studies have demonstrated that small scale farmers are most likely to deviate from their original production plan during the “hungry season” that precedes the harvest. Since harvest occurs once a year, most of these farmers...

    6 Dec 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Gunther Fink

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Reducing school staffing imbalances and wasteful government spending in Zambia

    This project addresses two closely related concerns: Staffing imbalances: Pupil-teacher ratios vary from less than 20 to above 100 across public primary schools in Zambia. Payroll mismatch: Teachers frequently do not work at the schools that they are recorded at in government payroll. Payroll mismatch does not only have implications for the distribution...

    12 Nov 2019 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter

  • Publication - Project Report

    The social dimensions of tax compliance: A conjoint experiment among small enterprises in Zambia

    8 Nov 2019 | Dan Pemstein, Brigitte Seim, Twivwe Siwale

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    State management of education and educational performance in Zambia

    This brief examines the relationship between management quality in the local public administration of schools and students’ educational performance in Zambia. The researchers find that: Management practices vary widely across District Education Offices in Zambia; The quality of management at the district level is positively correlated with student test...

    7 Nov 2019 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter

  • Blog post

    The current state of artisanal and small-scale mining in Zambia

    Zambia’s development trajectory has been shaped by mining.  For close to a hundred years, the extraction of copper has dominated the economy. Without exception, the firms that have controlled the sector have been large-scale, mostly foreign – albeit with periods of national ownership – had access to huge capital outlays, and have focused on copper mining. Relatively...

    6 Nov 2019 | Twivwe Siwale

  • Project

    Do financial incentives in a health setting have a dark side: Experimental evidence from Zambia

    Agency Theory postulates that the use of financial incentives in multitasking or multidimensional settings such as in health settings can potentially result in two opposing effects. First, an effort enhancing effect where agents react to the financial incentive by enhancing their effort and productivity. Second, the theory postulates that in contexts in which the financial...

    4 Nov 2019 | Benjamin Chibuye

  • Project

    Negotiating a better future: Tracking girls for post-secondary follow-up

    This study evaluates the long-term effects of a randomised control trial that taught Zambian adolescent girls negotiation skills in 2013. The study focused on adolescent girls both because growing evidence suggests that adolescence is a critical period for the development of non-cognitive interpersonal skills (Choudhury, Blakemore, and Charman, 2006), and because...

    4 Nov 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Natalie Bau, Kathleen McGinn, Corrine Low, Charity Banda

  • Project

    Electrification of schools in Zambia

    In the 7th National Development Plan, the Government of Zambia strives to establish an integrated approach to national development that coordinates development across sectors. For this purpose, it is crucial to understand complementarities in the provision of public services across sectors. The objective of this project is to map the electrification of schools in Zambia...

    1 Nov 2019 | Torsten Figueiredo Walter, Niclas Moneke

  • Project

    Understanding consumption seasonality in Zambia

    Consumption seasonality is prevalent across many poor countries, particularly those with large agricultural sectors. Farmers in these countries typically have abundant food after harvest, but struggle to make it last to the next harvest, resulting in three major implications: Reduction in the number of meals consumed and caloric intake at certain times of the year; ...

    10 Oct 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Supreet Kaur, Nicholas Swanson, Felix Masiye, Ned Augenblick