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  • Publication - Project Report

    Alternative formation of rural savings and credit cooperatives and their implications: Evidence from Ethiopia

    11 Dec 2017 | Kibrom A. Abay, Bethelhem Koru, Gashaw Abate, Guush Berhanu

  • Blog post

    Todas as Fichas num Único Feijão: Lições da Crise de Feijão Bóer de 2017

    Nos últimos anos, a rápida expansão da produção de feijão bóer dinamizou a economia rural na Zona Centro-Norte de Moçambique. Porém, a queda drástica do preço em 2017 gerou uma crise nas zonas de maior produção e chama a atenção para a necessidade de se melhorar o acompanhamento das dinâmicas do mercado e de um esforço conjunto para a...

    7 Dec 2017 | Alberto Da Cruz, Jorrit Oppewal

  • Blog post

    Assessing the economic benefits of transit trade in Tanzania

    Tanzania benefits significantly from transit trade, serving as a potential driver of economic growth, welfare and local enterprise development. This highlights the indispensable role of the government in promoting transit trade in the country. The untapped potential of transit trade in Tanzania One of the highlights of the Tanzanian 2017 budget speech was the abolishment...

    4 Dec 2017 | Josaphat Kweka, Solomon Michael

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    Identifying realistic export opportunities for Rwanda

    Using an innovative approach called the ‘Decision Support Model’ (DSM), a mapping of Rwanda’s export potentials has been produced, revealing its most promising export products, accompanied by an overview of markets that currently demand such goods.

    1 Dec 2017 | Martin Cameron, Wilma Viviers, Victor Steenbergen

  • Project

    Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan: The role of women's goals and aspirations

    Evidence on the impact of microfinance loans on business outcomes shows moderately positive, but not transformational effects especially for women.  This is true even when access to finance is coupled with business training, suggesting that factors other than credit and knowledge constraints reduce women’s ability to start or grow a business. Recent studies have...

    30 Nov 2017 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Diego Ubfal

  • Blog post

    India's commodity tax system leads to low compliance

    Data on tax rates in India for the past fifteen years reveals how rates vary by state and product. This heterogeneity and volatility results in high compliance costs, inter-state distortions, and households substituting toward lower-tax products. Tax in India India’s commodity tax system is complex, with large variation across states, products and time. We document the...

    27 Nov 2017 | David R. Agrawal, Laura Zimmermann

  • Project

    Mapping domestic and international trade networks

    Why do developing countries tax imports so highly when the distortionary effects of tariffs are well-known and access to imported inputs can benefit economic growth (Koren and Csillag 2016, Goldberg et al. 2010)? One possibility is that, in low state capacity contexts, it is easier to enforce tariffs and hence generate revenue at the border than it is to enforce...

    23 Nov 2017 | Justine Knebelmann, Miguel Almunia, Jonas Hjort

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth Brief: Trading up - The benefits of exporting for small firms

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) provide the majority of jobs in developing countries, yet they have low productivity and exports. International trade can spur the growth of SMEs. SMEs employ a large proportion of the labour force in developing countries. Compared to large firms, however, few SMEs export – direct exports represent just 3% of total SME...

    22 Nov 2017 | David Atkin, Amanda Jinhage

  • Publication - Project Report

    Community origins of industrial entrepreneurship: Theory and historical evidence from India

    16 Nov 2017 | Bishnupriya Gupta, Dilip Mookherjee, Kaivan Munshi, Mario Sanclemente

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Reform of the EAC Common External Tariff: Evidence from trade costs

    16 Nov 2017 | Ben Shepherd , Jaime de Melo, Ritwika Sen