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  • 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

  • Blog post

    China’s industrial policy fosters collusion

    China’s economic growth is often attributed to the rapid proliferation of special economic zones (SEZ). New research suggests that gains to firms arising from the preferential tax and regulatory incentives for locating inside an SEZ, may come at a cost to consumers. Clustering may equally promote competition and collusion among firms in SEZs; could benefits from collusion...

    11 Jan 2017 | Joseph Kaboski, Wyatt Brooks, Yao Amber Li, Vikas Dimble

  • Blog post

    You can pay me through my cell phone: Mobile money in Sierra Leone

    This past March, the International Growth Centre (IGC), in partnership with the Bank of Sierra Leone, held the ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa as they seek to replicate successes from East and Southern Africa. In March 2016, the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Bank of Sierra...

    4 Jan 2017 | Sarah Logan, Nadia Hasham

  • Blog post

    Assessing the impact of demonetisation through the gender lens

    As the chaos following the Government of India’s surprising decision to take Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes out of circulation unfolds, Mitali Nikore highlights how the move is impacting women, and offers policy suggestions on how the negative effects can be mitigated. Currency demonetisation is no doubt one of the boldest, yet most operationally onerous actions in the fight...

    20 Dec 2016 | Mitali Nikore