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  • Event

    BREAD-IGC Virtual PhD Course on Firms and Development, January/February 2023

    Lectures on management and business training, upgrading, misallocation, capital and labour frictions, contracts, markets and competition, and industrial policy. The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC), is offering a virtual PhD non-credit course beginning on January 12th 2023. This...

    12 January 2023

  • Event

    Industrialising Africa: Renewed commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth

    International Growth Centre hosts a panel discussion to mark Africa Industrialisation Week 2022. Committed to provide policymakers with relevant evidence to support policy, this panel discussion explores key questions regarding the industrialisation strategies that different African countries have adopted, how the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will...

    23 November 2022

  • Project

    Optimising labour sourcing for technology workers in small businesses

    This project aims to find evidence on what will help firms source and retain high-quality workers. In partnership with Shortlist, an innovative hiring platform for firms, mainly in high-growth, technology-related sectors, the project will use existing and new data on the market to identify constraints to sourcing high-quality and well-matched workers. The project will...

    20 Oct 2022 | Robert Garlick, Susannah Orkin, Laurel Wheeler

  • Project

    The impact of psychotherapy on business performance of female-led firms

    The research measures the impact of psychotherapy on the performance of female-led Nigerian firms by exposing subjects to a virtual reality cognitive behaviour therapy using a randomised controlled trial in partnership with Impact Hub Lagos. The results will help them address concerns regarding the effectiveness of non-cognitive skills training within their venture...

    20 Oct 2022 | Arinze Nwokolo

  • Project

    Digital market linkages: Going global with home-based work

    Kaarvan Crafts has pioneered a skills training and women economic empowerment programme in Pakistan. This project explores how female entrepreneurs can overcome weak local demand in the presence of mobility constraints by using randomised controlled trials to measure the impact of skills training and market linkage programmes and inform how to integrate at-scale effective...

    20 Oct 2022 | Ali Cheema, Asim Khwaja, Jacob Shapiro, Muhammad Farooq Naseer

  • Publication - Project Report

    Government demand and domestic firm growth: Evidence from Uganda

    Using detailed administrative data, this paper analyses the relationship between participation in public procurement (selling to government entities) and firm performance in Uganda. We find positive associations with total sales, gross profits, total compensation of employees, number of workers and sales per employee. Overall sales growth associated with selling to...

    12 Oct 2022 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo, Filippo Santi, Rohit Ticku

  • Event

    Call for papers: Conference on structural transformation, growth, and economic development

    STEG and the International Growth Centre (IGC) jointly invite applications for papers to present at the Conference on Structural Transformation, Growth, and Economic Development. STEG’s third annual conference will be held on Thursday 2 February and Friday 3 February 2023, at the London School of Economics. This year’s conference is organised jointly with the...

    21 November 2022

  • Publication - Project Report

    Constraints to female entrepreneurship in Pakistan

    3 Oct 2022 | Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said, Diego Ubfal

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Constraints to female-run microenterprises in Pakistan: The role of goals and aspirations

    The national rate of active labour participation in Pakistan is low, at a little less than 44%, with a disproportionate gender gap. The rate of female participation equals only one-third of the male participation rate at 22%. This study tests if low-cost, light-touch training to boost aspirations and setting goals for the future can help in promoting microenterprise...

    3 Oct 2022 | Giovanna D'Adda, Mahreen Mahmud, Farah Said, Diego Ubfal

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Government demand and domestic firm growth: Evidence from Uganda

    Government procurement is an important mechanism for private sector development in Uganda. The 2014 Buy Uganda Build Uganda policy aims to expand domestic consumption of locally produced goods and services, setting a target of awarding at least 20% of the value of public procurement contracts to Ugandan firms. We study the impact of participation in public...

    28 Sep 2022 | Bernard Hoekman, Marco Sanfilippo, Filippo Santi, Rohit Ticku