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  • Event

    Lessons on energy efficiency policies with Kofi Agyarko

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3hzx9tvjcU&t=39s For the second video of our #SustainableGrowth interview series, policymaker Kofi Agyarko (Ghana Energy Commission) joins James Dzansi (IGC Ghana) for an insightful conversation on the policy lessons behind the successful implementation of energy efficiency programmes in Ghana and their impact in addressing...

    2 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

  • Project

    Transforming agriculture through innovations in output markets in Ghana

    This research project seeks to understand how improved markets for commodities can transform the agricultural value chain from farmers and farming systems to firms and purchasing and planning systems. Firms operating in environments with erratic supplies of agricultural commodities face high implicit transaction costs in operations. Firms that use commodities as inputs also...

    14 Jul 2021 | Yaw Nyarko, Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Lorenzo Casaburi, Chris Udry

  • Project

    Cash and compliance with social distancing: Experimental evidence from Ghana

    Due to high population density, difficulty in enforcing compliance with social distancing and self-isolation, and economic vulnerability, the COVID-19 pandemic may be especially devastating for households in African countries. This project aims to understand the role that cash transfers can play as a policy tool both to increase household resilience during the pandemic...

    14 Jul 2021 | Chris Udry, Matt Lowe, Dean Karlan

  • Project

    Do endorsements by traditional leaders affect voter attitudes?

    Traditional leaders or chiefs are believed to wield significant influence on their subjects' civic engagement, political participation, and vote choice. Scholars argue that the source of their legitimacy – historical socio-cultural customs – and subjects' trust and reverence enable them to help elected officials mobilise citizens to contribute their labour to community...

    14 Jul 2021 | Sarah Brierley, George Ofosu

  • Blog post

    Cash transfers as COVID-19 relief: Evidence from Ghana

    Well-targeted mobile money transfer programmes can be an effective policy tool to smooth consumption during pandemics, especially among the neediest populations. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected economic activity and imperilled the livelihoods of people across the globe. Its effects on the poor in developing countries has been particularly severe, as these citizens are...

    7 Jun 2021 | Dean Karlan, Matt Lowe, Robert Darko Osei, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Ben Roth, Chris Udry

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Real-time economic impacts of COVID-19 in Ghana

    To better inform policy decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this project collected high-frequency data and produced economic indicators in real-time during the crisis. We focused on two economic indicators: weekly urban employment statistics and monthly electricity usage. Employment statistics are calculated based on weekly online surveys and electricity...

    16 Apr 2021 | James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli

  • Publication - Project Report

    Monthly summary of the economic situation in Ghana

    This report primarily focuses on two main economic indicators: employment and electricity usage, drawn from weekly surveys of urban employment and monthly data on electricity distribution.

    16 Apr 2021 |

  • Blog post

    Women's employment during the pandemic in Ghana: A tale of vulnerability and resilience

    Women have traditionally been more vulnerable in the labour market, more underrepresented and the nature of their employment less secure. While the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it hit women's employment the hardest, they were also the more resilient and rebounded much faster than men. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s...

    29 Mar 2021 | James Dzansi, Minki Kim, David Lagakos, Henry Telli