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  • Event

    Call for papers: IGC-Stanford conference on firms, trade and development

    IGC and the Stanford King Center on Global Development are hosting a two-day conference on November 4 and 5 on the theme of “Firms, Trade and Development.”This event is organized by David Atkin (MIT), Matilde Bombardini (Berkeley), Dave Donaldson (MIT), Pete Klenow (Stanford), Imran Rasul (UCL), Meredith Startz (Dartmouth), Eric Verhoogen (Columbia), and Chris...

    31 August 2021

  • Project

    Improving labour market efficiency in Ghana: A field experiment

    The labour market in Ghana is largely characterised by informal recruitment practices. While these practices are not inherently bad, the scale at which they occur reduces the information flow and competitiveness in the recruitment process, obstructing the efficiency of the labour market in matching vacancies to more suitable candidates. According to the World Economic...

    15 Jul 2021 | Monica Lambon-Quayefio, Henry Telli, Kofi Asante

  • Project

    Tracking multi-sectoral firm performance and responses through the COVID-19 pandemic

    COVID-19 is estimated to cut Ghana’s GDP growth by at least 5.3% in 2020 bringing the country’s expected GDP growth to about 1.5%. The Ghanaian economy is highly exposed to global shocks with trade accounting for over 71% of the country’s GDP in 2018. However, very little is known about exactly how the pandemic and the measures to contain the spread of the virus...

    15 Jul 2021 | Kofi Asante, Charles Ackah, Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Tracking prices during COVID-19 in Kenya and Uganda

    This project serves as a proof of concept exploring whether it is possible to collect high-quality, high-frequency price data at scale through a crowd-sourcing approach. We collected over 39,000 price quotes of essential food items in Kenya and Uganda between April 2020 and mid-March 2021, featuring a wide geographic coverage. The findings suggest that prices were...

    9 Jul 2021 | George Kinyanjui, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Verena Wiedemann

  • Project

    Gender discrimination in access to capital: Experimental evidence from Ethiopian SGBs

    Access to capital is widely considered a key accelerator for business productivity and growth. Gender discrimination against entrepreneurs, who form the largest sector of the labor force in sub-Saharan Africa, may drive gender gaps in access to capital and subsequently reduce the performance of female-owned businesses. This raises concerns about both gender equity and...

    8 Jun 2021 | Shanthi Manian, Ketki Sheth

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Which jobs are lost during a lockdown? Evidence from vacancy postings in India

    1 Jun 2021 | Gaurav Chiplunkar , Erin Kelley, Gregory Lane

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Branch management and firm credit: Evidence from Ethiopia

    In order to understand the functioning of banks and firm credit in low-income countries, we collect novel datasets on the management practices and credit conditions from the universe of bank branches in Ethiopia. Our preliminary findings indicate that branches with strong practices operate over longer geographic distances and supply more local credit. We also observe that...

    1 Jun 2021 | Nicola Gennaioli, Nicola Limodio, Francesco Strobbe

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The rental market in an industrialising city

    A key policy objective of the Ethiopian government is to accelerate industrialisation through the creation of several industrial parks across the country. An ongoing IGC project in Hawassa Industrial Park shows the role of housing shortages and rental prices in triggering worker absenteeism and turnover. We conduct quantitative surveys to explore the housing market...

    18 May 2021 | Stefan Dercon, Stefano Caria, Nicolas Lippolis

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Incentives to support agriculture in the East African Community: Lessons for Rwanda

    As one of the potential drivers of Rwanda’s economic growth, agro-processing industries are supported with measures including tax incentives, import tariff protection, and supporting infrastructure. Analysis of Rwanda’s agricultural market shows substantial policy weight is assigned to staple cereal crops such as rice, maize, and wheat – translating into price...

    18 May 2021 | Derek Apell, Signe Nelgen, Kym Anderson

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Understanding gender barriers in the Pakistani labour market: A deep dive in the job search process

    The emerging reasons behind low female labour force participation rates in developing countries are a lack of access to safe transport, social norms, and the burden of household responsibilities. However, one area which has received less attention is the job search process itself. We use data from a job search platform in Lahore, Pakistan, to discuss the differences...

    13 May 2021 | Vaishali Jain , Lala Rukh Khan, Sarah Xu, Julia Wu, Alieha Shahid, Katherine Vyborny, Erica Field, Robert Garlick, Nivedhitha Subramanian