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  • Project

    Candidate attributes and political accountability: Evidence from Pakistan local government elections

    Political party-based local elections are widely advocated as key to strengthening democracy, and their outcomes can significantly impact local economic development. A randomised experiment to determine how locals in Punjab, Pakistan, choose to vote found that voters tend to prefer candidates with political connections over those who have proven to be competent,...

    25 Aug 2017 | Jacob Shapiro, Michael Callen, Ali Cheema

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Financial inclusion - Concepts, issues and policies for India

    5 Jul 2017 | Nirvikar Singh

  • Blog post

    Real effects of electronic wage payments: Bangladeshi factory workers

    Electronic wage payments offer an alternative to traditional financial inclusion approaches for the un-banked. Addressing constraints to savings can allow wages and remittance flows to poor households to translate into greater asset accumulation and resilience to financial or consumption shock. More than two billion people around the world do not have access to electronic...

    6 Apr 2017 | Emily Breza, Martin Kanz, Leora Klapper

  • Blog post

    Sharing once hidden information: Credit bureaus, MFIs, and client welfare

    For at least 30 years, the microfinance movement sought to provide credit in settings where strong constraints meant traditional banking methods weren’t feasible. One particular constraint to traditional banking methods was the high fixed cost of information gathering, storage and dissemination. Over time, this constraint has been relaxed as microfinance institutions...

    2 Mar 2017 | Gharad Bryan, Greg Fischer, Jonathan de Quidt, Ali Akbar

  • Publication - Working Paper

    A growth vent anchored in history and geography

    This paper reviews Pakistan’s recent growth vents and their impact on the economy in terms of creating a vibrant Indus Basin market. It then argues that the new growth vent Pakistan seeks requires re-creating the historical trade routes. This will be beneficial for regional equity in Pakistan and give new energy to the Indus Basin market. Please contact the author...

    28 Feb 2017 | Ijaz Nabi

  • Blog post

    Exorcising government inefficiency through e-systems

    The use of electronic systems (e-systems) for enhancing the efficiency of public service delivery is gaining momentum in Zambia after the success of an electronically administered agricultural subsidy. E-systems have the potential to strengthen the country’s fiscal position, both through enhancing tax collection and in allocating tax revenue where it is most needed. As...

    27 Feb 2017 | Herryman Moono

  • Blog post

    An economist’s view on recent domestic and world events

    Dilip Mookherjee spoke to Hindu Business Line at length on a variety of issues including demonetisation, the upcoming Budget, and the Trump Presidency’s impact on the world economy. Excerpts: What are your views on the recent demonetisation exercise? Yes I’m struck by the audaciousness of the move, I don’t know how well planned it was. In terms of motives one can...

    13 Feb 2017 | Dilip Mookherjee

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Terms of trade shocks and monetary policy in India

    6 Feb 2017 | Chetan Ghate, Sargam Gupta, Debdulal Mallick

  • Project

    Decentralisation and broader political economy

    Since 2011 Myanmar has begun a limited process of decentralisation, and there are pressures for this to be taken further. This project outlined the current level and form of fiscal and administrative decentralisation in Myanmar, and the priorities and challenges for reform. The objectives of decentralisation need to be more clearly defined, and greater attention...

    25 Jan 2017 | Paul Minoletti