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  • Project

    A study of the constraints to civil servant productivity in Ethiopia

    State institutions are fundamental drivers of economic growth (Besley and Persson, 2010), and in many developing countries, a high proportion of national income is spent through the state. In Ethiopia, around one-fifth of national income is directed towards public-expenditure (World Bank Public Expenditure Review, 2016).  At the same time, our understanding of the drivers...

    13 Oct 2017 | Ravi Somani, Stefan Dercon, Daniel Rogger

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Regulating mobile money to support scale-up

    High transaction costs are one of the most significant barriers to financial access in developing countries. Mobile money has dramatically reduced transaction costs and has extended a more affordable payments system to historically unbanked households, beginning to integrate them into the wider financial system. This brief looks at how mobile money can broaden and deepen...

    12 Oct 2017 | Sarah Logan

  • Project

    Mapping informal financial flows in the artisanal mining sector: The cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

    In recent years, the economic importance and formalisation of artisanal gold mining has taken centre stage in policy discussions on rural economic development in West Africa.  Research has shown that despite being associated with a host of environmental, health and safety and social concerns, the sector provides a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of poor people in the...

    12 Oct 2017 | Roy Maconachie, Gavin Hilson

  • Project

    Fishing for votes? Income shocks and the opportunity cost of voting

    While economists have long argued that the opportunity cost of voting exceeds the private benefits – that is an individual vote is unlikely to affect the outcome of an election in a meaningful way – policies or events that affect the opportunity cost of voting at a more aggregate level have the potential to shape election and policy outcomes. This is especially the case...

    12 Oct 2017 | Sebastian Axbard, Jonathan Colmer, Teevrat Garg

  • Project

    Collaboration on data analysis and field studies to strengthen BISP policy design, improve take-up, and build capacity on data analytics

    Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is one of the largest cash transfer programs in the world. It targets social protection, poverty reduction and economic growth by delivering unconditional cash transfers, conditional cash transfers, human capital development and income generation programs. It is thus central to the IGC thematic and Pakistan country programme agendas...

    12 Oct 2017 | Benjamin Olken, Rema Hanna, Adnan Khan

  • Project

    Perceptions of Chinese investment in Myanmar

    Research to date supports the idea that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is conducive for growth and poverty alleviation. Apart from economic benefits, the current literature argues that FDI and international market integration promote democratisation and reduce the incidence of armed conflicts in the long run. Such findings hold important implications for an increasingly...

    12 Oct 2017 | Youyi Zhang, Ying Yao

  • Event

    Evidence session 5: Building resilience to shocks

    Countries facing fragility and conflict lack resilience to conflict and other shocks – conflict, economic instability, poverty, climate change, epidemics, and fragility tend to feed off each other in a negative cycle. The end of the commodity price boom represents a major economic shock for most of the developing world, especially Africa. The recent outbreak of Ebola in...

    28 September 2017

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Evidence session 5: Building resilience to shocks

    11 Oct 2017

  • Multimedia Item - Audio

    Evidence session 5: Building resilience to shocks

    11 Oct 2017