Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Integrated resilient development in a coastal city: The case of Accra

    The floodwater in Accra, the capital of Ghana, accumulated dramatically in 2015 due to the densification of its drainage networks, waste dumping, and the missing discharge capacity throughout the Odaw Basin. After the floods in 2015, a CityStrength Diagnostic was performed by engaging a wide range of stakeholders and concluded that a programme to improve overall drainage...

    11 Mar 2022 | Hsi-Chuan Wang

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    The origins of distorted beliefs: Implications for unemployment and labour market interventions

    Distorted beliefs in job search are a barrier to increased formalisation of the economy. Understanding such biases can help design interventions to make the labour market more efficient, inclusive, and effective. This project will measure job-seekers’ beliefs about their prospects in the labour market.

    1 Mar 2022 | Peter Deffebach

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    Pilots on nano commodity exchanges

    Firms operating in environments with erratic supplies of agricultural commodities face high implicit transaction costs in operations. Ghana opened the first full-service commodity exchange in West Africa in late 2018. We have begun to look into the impact of the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) on farmers, traders, and firms in the agricultural marketing ecosystem. In...

    8 Feb 2022 | Yaw Nyarko

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Spatial analysis of firm productivity in Ghana: Misallocation versus market power

    There is mounting evidence, especially for developing countries, that resources are often not allocated to their optimal use. This manifests itself in a failure of first-order conditions to hold, such that the marginal (social) benefit of a production factor is not equated to its marginal cost. Such misallocation is often interpreted as resulting from frictions or market...

    18 Feb 2021 | Johannes Van Biesebroeck, Emmanuel Mensah

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    Technology and local tax capacity: Evidence from Ghana

    This project emerged as a follow-up to the extensive census of local tax capacity conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and the head of Local Government Services in 2018. One major finding that stood out was that most local governments lack technological support in the creation of property registries, the valuation of properties, and the...

    1 Oct 2020 | Anders Jensen