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  • Blog post

    Can social media and the internet reduce corruption?

    India has been mired in corruption for decades. The extensive use of social media has been arguably the single biggest factor in the success of the country’s anti-corruption movement in recent years In August 2010, a non-profit organisation called Janaagraha launched a website www.ipaidabribe.com where people are encouraged to share their encounters with corrupt...

    21 Oct 2014 | Chandan Jha

  • Project

    Belief Formation of the Returns to Schooling and How to De-Bias Incorrect Beliefs

    This study investigates how poor households in rural and urban Rajasthan form beliefs about the value of additional years of schooling.  Previous studies have documented that poor populations in developing nations hold downwardly biased beliefs of the returns to schooling; they do not think schooling is as valuable as it actually is.[1]  Further, it has been shown that...

    10 Oct 2014 | James Berry, Lucas Coffman

  • Blog post

    Key lessons in management for developing countries

    Good management seems like an obvious ingredient for better economic performance. Yet there are huge gaps between the best and worst firms and there are important lessons for countries looking to raise their game From Basil Fawlty in the 1970s to David Brent more recently, the bad manager has long been an internationally acceptable figure of fun. Why is this so? Probably...

    26 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    Research Strategy

    The IGC funds high-quality research relevant to growth policy in developing countries. This document lays out the strategy that underpins this research and what follows builds on the Phase I Research Strategy. The IGC Research Programme was conceived to help generate a richer understanding of the process of economic growth and the required policy and institutional...

    16 Sep 2014 | International Growth Centre

  • Project

    Management practices in the manufacturing sector in Mozambique

    Poor management practices hamper the ability to innovate and react to new challenges and opportunities Mozambican firms are ranked last in terms of management practices The researchers used an interview-based evaluation to assess management quality of 108 Mozambican manufacturing firms IPEME, the national institute for Small and Medium Enterprises...

    4 Sep 2014 | John Van Reenen, Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos

  • Project

    Examining the Impact of Adult Literacy Programs on Literacy, Numeracy, Health, and Economic Well-Being in Ghana

    Adult literacy programmes have existed in Ghana since 1948. Initially such programs were funded by donors, but after low efficiency rates (12.5% in the 70s), the donors cut funding. The programme was still continued by the Ghanaian government, and the National Functional Literacy Programme (NFLP) has been running in its current format since 2000. This study aims to measure...

    4 Sep 2014 | Niels-Hugo Blunch, Robert Darko Osei

  • Project

    Effect of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme on Intra-Household Allocation of Labour

    MNREGA provides a legal guarantee for at least 100 days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do unskilled manual work at the notified wage. Given the scale of the programme, it is likely to have a significant impact on the rural economy in terms of labour supply, wage rates, quality of assets built and migration. This...

    4 Sep 2014 | Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Can basic entrepreneurship transform the economic lives of the poor? (Working Paper)

    4 Sep 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman

  • Project

    Basic entrepreneurship: A big new idea in development

    Evaluation of the BRAC ultra-poor programme in Bangladesh. Targeting households of ultra-poor women, BRAC's programme has reached 1.6 million households. Project led to a 37% average increase in annual earnings. The world’s poorest people lack both capital and skills. They tend to engage in low-skilled wage labour activities that are insecure...

    4 Sep 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman