Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Powering the powerless: Economic impact of rural electrification in Ghana

    Even though rural electrification projects in Ghana started in 1970s, less than 50% of rural households in Ghana have access to electricity, compared to 72-75% at the national level. This suggests wide disparities in electricity access between rural and urban households, which could explain a large share of the observed inequalities in income and welfare between rural and...

    28 Sep 2017 | George Adu, Eric Oteng-Abayie, John Bosco Dramani

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    Formal evaluation of the Ghana commodities exchange

    The goal of this project is to contribute to the study and improvement of agricultural markets in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, this project aims to examine the impact of the introduction of a commodities exchange in a nation without one. The recent establishment of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX) has generated significant interest at the highest levels of...

    7 Sep 2017 | Yaw Nyarko

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    Training for productivity: An experimental evaluation of civil service reform in Ghana

    The Training for Productivity (TFP) project aims to improve the Ghanaian Civil Service’s capacity by designing, implementing and evaluating novel training methods for bureaucrats. The training programme will be experimentally implemented as part of broader package of training sessions coordinated by the Office of the Head of Civil Service and the Civil Service Training...

    24 Aug 2017 | Martin Williams, Daniel Rogger, Imran Rasul

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    Oil price slump: Implications and lessons

    The Ministry of Finance of Ghana sought to have a better understanding of the implications of declining crude oil prices on the Ghanaian economy and asked for the support of IGC-Ghana to undertake this study. Oil has become an important product in the Ghanaian economy. The production of oil in 2011 resulted in almost a doubling of Ghana’s GDP growth from 8% in 2010 to...

    28 Jul 2017 | Rabah Arezki, Gregoire Rota Graziosi

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    Improving tax collection capacity in the developing world: Evidence from local government in Ghana

    In most developing countries, tax collection capacity remains inadequately low. Nowhere is the lack of tax collection capacity more apparent than in local governments, which collect a negligible fraction of local income in taxes (Gordon, 2010). As a result, local governments provide inadequately low levels of public goods - such as roads, schools and electricity - which are...

    27 Jul 2017 | David Lagakos, Anders Jensen

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    Training for productivity: Relaxing the constraints to management and productivity in the civil service

    Ghana’s civil service invests major resources into training its officers, and providing training is its main opportunity to improve officers’ productivity and management skills. But do these trainings effectively teach officers how to be more productive? Do officers actually use the skills they learn once they are back in their organisations? How can the Office of the...

    24 May 2017 | Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, Martin Williams

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    Microfinance institutions and micro and small enterprises in Ghana: The potential of the missing middle

    Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) could be a catalyst for development in Ghana, if they are able to grow in size and productivity. However a challenge to this is the lack of access to finance. Microfinance institutions (MFIs), and in particular financial non-governmental organisations (FNGOs), could provide this missing link and faciliate the growth of MSEs. To...

    14 Mar 2017 | Marco Trombetta, Pablo Casadio, María Luque Calvo

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    Do candidate debates strengthen democracy? A field experiment on the effects of debates on voter behaviour and electoral accountability

    Candidate debates are currently held in over 60 countries around the world. Increasingly, they are being held in developing countries with financial support from international democracy-promotion organisations on the grounds that they strengthen democracy. In developing democracies, debates have the potential to provide valuable information to citizens on the character and...

    9 Jan 2017 | Sarah Brierley, Eric Kramon, George Ofosu

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    Urban transport systems and commuter mode choices: A field experiment in Ghana

    The traffic congestion resulting from too many cars moving to the central business district in the city is a symptom of an inefficient and ineffective public transport system. Such is the experience of Accra, a city with the third highest traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa following Lagos and Luanda. According to a recent World Bank study, transportation and land use concerns,...

    21 Sep 2016 | Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, Patrick Asuming, Henry Telli

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    The twin deficits hypothesis in developing countries: Empirical evidence for Ghana

    The importance of fiscal discipline and having a current account close to equilibrium for macroeconomic stability and sustained economic growth of countries is unquestionable. Persistent fiscal and current account deficits, if unattended, could extend beyond one country (or region) and lead to global financial instability and possibly an economic crisis with dire...

    31 Aug 2016 | Daniel Sakyi, Eric Evans Osei Opoku