Showing all Projects in Ethiopia

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    Understanding Industrial Parks

    Ethiopia has recently launched an ambitious programme of industrialisation. The government of this fast-growing, densely populated country hopes to attract foreign investment in its brand-new industrial parks by offering a large workforce, competitive wages, cheap electricity and good infrastructure. Several garment factories have already started production in the...

    18 Jan 2018 | Stefano Caria, Simon Quinn, Stefan Dercon

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    Agricultural cooperatives in Ethiopia: Do they matter?

    This project aims to provide first-hand empirical evidence on the potential of agricultural cooperatives in transforming smallholder and traditional farming in Ethiopia.  Evaluating the effectiveness of these local organisations in terms of the promises they are supposed to deliver and facilitating agricultural transformation and commercialisation provides relevant...

    3 Jan 2018 | Kibrom A. Abay, Guush Berhanu

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    The implications of worker, match and firm heterogeneity for unemployment and self-employment in Ethiopia

    More than half of the labour force in Addis Ababa is self-employed, in casual or temporary employment, or unemployed (2012 Urban Employment and Unemployment Survey of the Ethiopian CSA). These numbers are similar in other sub-Saharan African economies but much smaller in developed economies. To understand whether policies can affect these outcomes, and if so, how, it is...

    24 Oct 2017 | Markus Poschke

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    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

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    Rainfall, selection, and agricultural productivity

    Developing countries have a low income per capita and low total factor productivity, relatively more so in the agricultural sector. Even after accounting for differences in labour inputs or incorrect measurement, this “agricultural productivity gap” remains large. In explaining this puzzle, the most recent research highlights the role of sorting and selection of workers...

    31 Jul 2017 | Francesco Amodio, Markus Poschke

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    Electrification effects on firm productivity in Ethiopia

    Energy as a driver of growth appears intuitive to most observers, and access to reliable sources of energy is especially understood to be an engine of industrialisation and growth in developing countries. However, policymakers and academics are still in the dark about the extent and the exact mechanisms of how energy investments translate into growth. This underlying...

    10 May 2017 | Niclas Moneke

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    Spatial integration, agricultural productivity, and development: A quantitative analysis of Ethiopia's road expansion program

    While Ethiopia has been a pre-dominantly agricultural-based economy, productivity in agriculture has been low relative to the rest of the economy, not having changed much since the 1960s. These characteristics are shared by many other developing economies. Agricultural productivity growth is important for Ethiopia’s economic development, its structural transformation, and...

    10 Nov 2016 | Tasso Adamopoulos

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    Job referrals and strategic network formation: Experimental evidence from urban neighbourhoods in Ethiopia

    This project poses the question: Do unemployed individuals use their job referral opportunities to strengthen their position in a geographically restricted social network? In particular, the project looks at whether there is reciprocity in the job referral process among individuals from the same geographic area. In addition, the laboratory experiment will be able to shed...

    8 Nov 2016 | Simon Quinn, Marc Witte

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    Trade liberalisation, infrastructure and firm performance: Evidence from Ethiopia

    This project seeks to analyse the role of improvements in infrastructure on the transmission of trade liberalisation effects to domestic firms.  While the literature has highlighted trade liberalisation and infrastructure development as effective strategies for economic growth and development, not much is known about the complementarity between the two in generating growth...

    23 Aug 2016 | Fitsum Zewdu Mulugeta, Marco Sanfilippo, Asha Sundaram

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    Neighbourhood effects and social capital in urban housing: Evidence from random neighbourhood assignment

    In Africa, the population living in cities is set to triple by 2050. Government policy will play a key role in planning urban environments, including providing affordable housing and public goods for people moving to new urban neighbourhoods. How can urban policies be designed to promote flourishing communities and efficient delivery of public services? How can policy...

    22 Aug 2016 | Berihu Assefa Gebrehiwot, Simon Franklin, Alebel Weldesilassie