Showing all Projects in Ghana

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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

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    Assessing the total economic value of electricity in Ghana: A step toward energising economic growth

    Ghana’s economy has suffered from inadequate electricity generation resulting in chronic power outages, which have had negative effects on economic growth. With a current annual growth in electricity demand of about 10%, the country needs to meet the existing deficit and go the extra mile to create additional supply to meet demand. This will require private sector...

    19 Aug 2016 | Jonathan Quartey, Wisdom Ametorwotia

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    Urban distances and labour market participation of the poor: The case of urban Ghana

    Over the last three decades, Ghana’s urban population has more than tripled, rising from 4 million in the mid-1980s to nearly 14 million people in 2015. The Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) accounts for almost 4 million dwellers, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas in West Africa. Rapid urbanization has led to the emergence of several social problems...

    10 Aug 2016 | Ying Chen, Pascal Jaupart, Nathalie Picarelli

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    Central bank deficit financing in a constrained fiscal space

    This policy note addresses central bank financing of fiscal deficits in Ghana and the macroeconomic implications thereof. Alternative configurations of deficit financing and the experiences of developing countries with a history of zero tolerance for central bank financing are addressed. Briefly, the note argues that sound public finances are predicated on sound rules on...

    17 Jun 2016 | Paul Alagidede

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    The effectiveness of government bureaucracy: A study of the Ghanaian civil service

    The effective functioning of the public sector is crucial for economic growth. This project, requested by the Head of Ghana’s Civil Service, assessed the link between management practices and productivity in the public sector to inform reforms. The study found that granting civil servants more autonomy is associated with more effective public organisations, but...

    25 Feb 2016 | Imran Rasul, Daniel Rogger, Martin Williams