Showing all content in Firms

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The effect of financial literacy on financial policies: Evidence from a randomised control experiment in Mozambique

    Previous research indicates that corporate policies are an important determinant for firm performance. It has also been shown that these polices are related to the education of firms’ managers. This brief evaluates the impact of financial education of managers on firm policies and performance. The authors find that managers adjust financial policies after having...

    7 Jan 2020 | Cláudia Custódio, Diogo Matos Mendes, Daniel Metzger

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Trade facilitation and formalisation of trade: Evidence from OSBPs in Uganda

    Trade costs in East Africa remain high, weighing on regional trade. Many engage in informal cross-border trade (ICBT) to avoid these high trade costs. ICBT is substantial. In Uganda, informal exports to its neighbouring countries are estimated to be equal to 38 percent of formal exports to these countries. This study examines what happens when trade costs are...

    7 Jan 2020 | Jade Siu

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Assessing inter-sectoral linkages in the Zambian economy: The case of the agro-processing subsector

    Although the diversification of the economy has been on the national policy agenda for a long time, Zambia has continued to remain overly dependent on the export of copper for foreign currency earnings and public revenue This study examines the way different sectors in the economy interact to identify policy interventions that can promote the diversification of the...

    7 Jan 2020 | Horman Chitonge, Mundia Kabinga

  • Publication - Project Report

    Migration of SMEs in the Bombay Stock Exchange: A different look at the SME financing issues

    We examine the impact of the creation of a new platform aimed at enabling small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to raise equity nance in the Indian capital markets. The empirical results suggest that a firm's performance does not improve significantly after it migrates to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) mainboard. This implies that the firms have already absorbed the benefits...

    3 Jan 2020 | Shamim Ahmed, Madhav Shrihari, Sanjay Banerji

  • Publication - Project Report, Working Paper

    Tourism product development in Uganda: A strategic stance

    3 Jan 2020 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

  • Publication - Project Report, Working Paper

    Bolstering SME participation in public procurement: Policy options for Lebanon

    The government of Lebanon is working on a new public procurement law and implementing regulations to unify and modernize public sector procurement. Based on a review of the literature and analysis using available data on procurement policy, this report explores options to enhance participation by SMEs in public procurement. Six areas for actions are suggested for...

    3 Jan 2020 | Bernard Hoekman, Moussa Saab, Bedri Tas

  • Event

    Firms and growth seminar

    State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), IGC Pakistan and the Pakistan Business Council (PBC) are jointly hosting a day-long seminar on firms and their potential for growth with support from the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR). The seminar will support engagement with the key stakeholders by bringing together senior policymakers from the Federal Government and...

    13 January 2020

  • Publication - Evidence Paper

    IGC evidence paper - Firms, trade, and productivity (Draft)

    18 Dec 2019 | David Atkin, Dave Donaldson, Imran Rasul, Matthieu Teachout, Eric Verhoogen, Christopher Woodruff

  • Project

    Scoping visit: the role of Government in the development of Tourism in Uganda

    Tourism is generally considered to be the largest industry in the world.  It is the third-largest export sector and one of the most promising in terms of future growth potential.  As people’s income and education rise, demand for travel will steadily rise, both domestically and internationally. Past performance confirms this positive outlook, notably for international...

    18 Dec 2019 | Philip English, Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa

  • Project

    Job Flows and labour mobility in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth since the millennium contrasts with its lack of structural transformation and modest employment growth in the formal sector. High youth unemployment rate in urban areas (above 25 % on average) and relatively low real wages among the employed remain important policy challenges. Unfortunately, only a few studies have attempted to...

    18 Dec 2019 | Måns Söderbom, Admasu Shiferaw, Getnet Alemu