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    IGC’s Oriana Bandiera and Imran Rasul win prestigious Yrjö Jahnsson Award

    The Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation and European Economic Association (EEA) are awarding the prestigious Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics to Oriana Bandiera, IGC Steering Group Member and Research Programme Director for State (LSE), and Imran Rasul, IGC Research Programme Director for Firms (University College London). The award, considered the most prestigious award in...

    8 Apr 2019

  • Blog post

    Informal workers and taxation in Zambia: Who pays and does it make a difference?

    Taxation in Africa has been increasingly covered in the news, especially with controversial attempts in countries such as Benin, Tanzania, and Uganda to tax users of social media sites and phone texting services. While the true intentions of these efforts are debatable, raising sufficient domestic revenue has long been a challenge for many African governments. A long line...

    8 Apr 2019 | Danielle Resnick

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    Understanding Third Tier Organisations (TTOs) in Pakistan and their role in filling public delivery gaps at the community level

    Research into Third Tier Organisations in Pakistan highlights the important work they carry out in spite of a lack of significant government funding. Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a not-for-profit, along with its partner organizations has been working on social mobilization and development of voluntary organizations at community level across Pakistan. A...

    1 Apr 2019 | Sharmin Arif, Hina Shaikh

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Working with political parties to strengthen candidate selection processes in Sierra Leone

    In much of the world, political party leaders select candidates to run in the general election with little direct input from voters. This raises questions about representation and accountability: if given a say, would voters have chosen different candidates? Are selected candidates accountable to the voters they represent or the party leaders that select them? ...

    29 Mar 2019 | Katherine E. Casey, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi

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    Learning to teach by learning to learn: Measuring the effects of an innovative teacher training programme in Uganda

    In 2007, Uganda became the first African country to introduce free universal secondary education. Yet, in 2017, 79% of students who began primary school, which is also free, did not make it to secondary school at all.[1] How can the delivery of education be improved to address this issue?A unique teacher training programme in Uganda has begun and is providing significant...

    27 Mar 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Vesall Nourani

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    Public finance to improve outcomes

    Pakistan continues to face significant social and economic challenges. Provision of basic services such as health and education falls short of international standards, while women and the poor are often wholly excluded from accessing these services. At a time when the government is under pressure to demonstrate fiscal restraint, a strong public financial management system...

    15 Mar 2019 | Hina Shaikh

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    Data: Democracy and income: A time series analysis with special reference to Africa

    Africa experienced a wave of democratization over the past 20 years and this increase in democracy, we find, positively and significantly affects income per capita. Our dynamic panel data results suggest that countries only slowly converge to their long-run income values as predicted by current democracy levels, however. African countries may therefore be currently too...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: An experimental evaluation of community driven reconstruction in northern Liberia: Follow up data entry and analysis

    Civil war is very common in the developing world, with harmful welfare effects when it occurs. Many fear that the devastation wrought by violent confict destroys social capital, impedes economic development, and leads to the recurrence of violence (Paul Collier et al. 2003). In response, donors are injecting large amounts of aid into post-confict countries. A signifcant...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Peasants into democrats? Evaluating the impact of information on local governance in Mali

    I argue that if citizens systematically underestimate what their government can and should do for them, then they will hold politicians to a lower standard and sanction poor performers less often. A large-scale experiment across 95 localities in Mali in which some voters received information about potential government performance identifies eects of raising voter...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: The economic costs of piracy

    This paper estimates the effect of piracy attacks on shipping costs using a unique data set on shipping contracts in the dry bulk market. We look at shipping routes whose shortest path exposes them to piracy attacks and Önd that the increase in attacks in 2008 lead to around a ten percent increase in shipping costs. We use this estimate to get a sense of the welfare loss...

    1 Mar 2019