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  • Publication - Working Paper

    Judges, lenders, and the bottom line: Court-ing economic growth in India

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    2 Dec 2019 | Manaswini Rao

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Understanding the allocation of public personnel across government health facilities in Ghana

    2 Dec 2019 | Binta Zahra Diop, Martin Williams, Koku Awoonor-Williams, Anthony Ofosu

  • Project

    Leveraging informal institutions to raise land formalisation

    There are large swathes of land in urban Africa that are allocated low values of built capital, remain unplanned, and are settled under limited property rights. Since the 1999 Land Act, the government in Tanzania is working towards universally titled urban land. Despite this, uptake of titles remains low in many urban areas. As argued in the literature, aside from moral...

    2 Dec 2019 | Tanner Regan, Martina Manara

  • Project

    The impact of public investment in graduate training on development outcomes in Ghana

    Over the years, successive governments in Ghana have prepared and implemented various development plans, all aimed at providing opportunities for job creation. The recent government’s coordinated programme of economic and social development policies - launched in April 2018 - puts job creation and the promotion of higher incomes at the core of policy objectives. To...

    2 Dec 2019 | Michael Danquah, Abdul Malik Iddrisu

  • Project

    Building tax capacity at scale: Evidence from technology investments in Ghana

    Increased capacity to collect taxes leads to the funding of public goods which have high returns and contributes to the wider state-development process (Schumpeter, 1918; Besley and Persson, 2010). At the heart of any strong tax system lies the ability to accurately observe economic activities and use this information as inputs into an efficient billing, collection, and...

    2 Dec 2019 | Anders Jensen, David Lagakos

  • Project

    Mission driven intrinsic motivation and performance of public workers in Pakistan

    Public workers in many developing countries shirk at their job and do not exert socially optimal effort. While linking financial incentives to objectively measured performance is one way to improve public services, it is not always feasible for resource-constrained countries to provide significant financial bonuses. Instead, using the intrinsic motivations of workers could...

    2 Dec 2019 | Yasir Khan

  • Project

    Effect of capacity in delivery of urban services

    As the developing world urbanises, there is increasing pressure to provide local public goods that allow people to live in dense communities. In Pakistan, this pressure is exacerbated by the rapid rate of urbanisation - by 2050, the urban share of the population is projected to be 60%. Therefore, a robust local government network is needed for the provision of essential...

    27 Nov 2019 | Gharad Bryan, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Adnan Khan, Ali Cheema

  • Project

    Female voting behaviour in Pakistan

    Promoting female empowerment through increased political participation remains a core policy challenge throughout the developing world. Past work has shown that political participation can serve to improve female specific public policy and service delivery in countries such as India and Brazil. However, there is a dearth of evidence on whether female voters reward such...

    27 Nov 2019 | Karrar Hussain, Usman Ghaus

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Simplifying property tax administration in Africa: Piloting a points-based valuation in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    The current method of property valuation in Freetown, Sierra Leone is highly inaccurate and generally regressive, as it does not take subjective property characteristics that are major determinants of value into account. The newly elected Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr made revenue mobilisation a central pillar of her ‘Transform Freetown’ agenda. As a means of...

    26 Nov 2019 | Kevin Grieco, Abou Bakarr Kamara, Niccoló Meriggi, Julian Michel, Wilson Prichard, Graeme Stewart-Wilson

  • Project

    Social spillovers and female political participation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    There exists a large gap in political participation between genders in Pakistan. This project looks to explain part of this gap by studying how social networks condition the political participation of males and females in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Past research has shown that women are less willing to express their political preferences than men (Khan 2017). In addition,...

    26 Nov 2019 | Saad Gulzar, Yasir Khan, Luke Sonnet