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  • Blog post

    Do cash transfers make the poor work less?

    Analysing the impact of cash transfers in Iran helps to dispel the myth that they encourage the poor to work less. Admittedly, these transfers occurred in the context of rising bread and energy prices, meaning the lessons are particularly important for oil-rich countries that subsidise energy. In December 2010, Iran raised prices for bread and energy products by factors...

    25 Apr 2018 | Mohammad H. Mostafavi-Dehzooie, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

  • Blog post

    Informal taxation in rural Kenya

    The informal taxation system in Kenya is widespread and regressive. It responds to changes in permanent income, rather than temporary income, suggesting that permanent income increases are important for public goods provision. A central question in development economics is how to fund public goods such as water resources, roads, and schools. The standard mechanism of doing...

    21 Mar 2018 | Michael Walker

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Collaborating for impact: A partnership in Ghana

    Evidence-based policy can often be used as a buzzword by policymakers, but what does it really take for it to go from being a phrase to becoming a reality? This short documentary looks at how the IGC collaborates with policymakers to generate impact, looking specifically at the work done by Martin Williams and the Government of Ghana.

    9 Mar 2018

  • Blog post

    India's commodity tax system leads to low compliance

    Data on tax rates in India for the past fifteen years reveals how rates vary by state and product. This heterogeneity and volatility results in high compliance costs, inter-state distortions, and households substituting toward lower-tax products. Tax in India India’s commodity tax system is complex, with large variation across states, products and time. We document the...

    27 Nov 2017 | David R. Agrawal, Laura Zimmermann

  • Blog post

    Forced devaluation of rupee: a recipe for disaster

    There is broad agreement that the rupee is overvalued, with estimates of overvaluation ranging from 20-40 per cent. There are, however, two opposing views on how to deal with the problem: One, devaluation and two, administrative measures, i.e., export subsidies and regulatory duties on imports. The argument of the anti-devaluation group is that devaluation has never...

    10 Nov 2017 | Naved Hamid, Azka Sarosh Mir

  • Publication - Project Report

    Improving political communication: Results of a pilot field experiment in Pakistan

    19 Oct 2017 | Miriam Golden, Saad Gulzar, Luke Sonnet

  • Publication - Project Report

    The macroeconomic benefits of tax enforcement in Pakistan

    19 Sep 2017 | Ethan Ilzetzki, David Lagakos

  • Publication - Project Report

    Identifying an effective teacher in public schools in Delhi

    8 Sep 2017 | Deepti Goel, Bidisha Barooah

  • 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