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  • Blog post

    Financing Africa’s Future

    The costs of doing business in Africa have historically been great, but the socio-economic achievements witnessed over the last decade are considerable. The African Development Bank’s large appetite for infrastructure projects proves that investing in Africa is now a very attractive proposition The socio-economic achievements in Africa over the last decade are...

    3 Nov 2014 | Donald Kaberuka

  • Project

    Powering small business: Understanding the impact of solar energy under different pricing schemes

    587 million people, roughly 69.5% of the population, lack access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Retailers with poor access to electricity have limited means to keep their shops open at night. This limits their ability to operate during evening hours and reach customers who might be at work during the day. Solutions like kerosene do a poor job of lighting the room and...

    10 Oct 2014 | Tavneet Suri, Billy Jack

  • Project

    Management practices in retail, education, and healthcare sectors in India

    Researchers used an interview-based evaluation tool that defines and scores basic management practices. Middle-income countries have much worse management practices than firms in high-income countries, which appears to be due to a large tail of badly managed firms coexisting with firms with world-class management practices. India’s average management...

    10 Oct 2014 | Daniela Scur, Nick Bloom, Renata Lemos

  • Project

    Evidence from a randomised experiment in Pakistan

    Spillovers between firms, and in particular technology spillovers, play a central role in many theories of economic growth and provide the economic rationale for many industrial policies. Despite the centrality of such in theoretical and policy discussions of the growth process, the empirical evidence for their existence is weak. Our research aims to provide rigorous,...

    10 Oct 2014 | David Atkin, Azam Chaudhry, Amit Khandelwal, Eric Verhoogen

  • Project

    What do Indian CEOs do? Time use of Indian top executives: Determinants and implications for growth

    Managerial practices are a key determinant of firm productivity, and yet little is known about the managerial capital of the top executives who shape these practices. Using a novel survey instrument, we record with unparalleled detail the activities undertaken by 357 Chief Executive Officers of listed Indian manufacturing firms over a specific, exogenously chosen, window of...

    10 Oct 2014 | Oriana Bandiera, Andrea Prat, Raffaella Sadun, Renata Lemos

  • Multimedia Item - Audio

    Growth Week 2014: Research Session - Large Firms

    6 Oct 2014

  • Project

    Productivity and Competition in India’s Brick Industry

    Low and variable firm productivity has long been considered a key driver of low GDP, yet there is little understanding of why the competition and innovation that fuels productivity growth in the developed world seems lower in low and middle income countries. A fundamental role for policy is to facilitate the operation of markets, and a robust, productive private sector is a...

    30 Sep 2014 | Daniel Keniston, Parul Agarwal

  • 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

    Measuring productivity in multi-product firms

    New IGC study will collect data on productivity in ready-made garment factories across the world Information will be compared against international standards to accurately compare factories in ten countries (including five IGC partner countries) Will be the most comprehensive data ever collected Sustained increases in income are not possible without...

    4 Sep 2014 | Christopher Woodruff, Rocco Macchiavello

  • Project

    Understanding productivity in the Pakistani garment sector: Comparisons with Bangladesh

    Textiles account for over half of Pakistan’s exports, with knitted and sewn products more than half of the textile exports. Data from the Ministry of Commerce indicate that exports of RMG and knitwear products increased by 12% and 6%, respectively, between FY 2012 and FY 2013. Pakistan faces an opportunity in these sectors as increasing wage rates in China lead buyers...

    4 Sep 2014 | Christopher Woodruff, Rocco Macchiavello, Theresa Chaudhry, Azam Chaudhry