Showing all Projects in Ghana

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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

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    Analysing the extent and sources of productivity losses from electricity shortages for small and medium-sized enterprises

    This study analysed the impact of Ghana’s 2012-2015 power crisis on the productivity of small and medium manufacturing firms. It found that power outages have a significant negative impact on productivity. Estimates suggest that reducing the number of days in a month with outages from the average of about ten in Ghana to zero, has the potential to increase...

    2 Feb 2016 | Patrick Asuming, Ama Baafra Abeberese, Charles Ackah

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    Can raising salaries reduce police corruption in Ghana?

    This IGC research exploits one of the most ambitious civil service policy reforms in Africa to ask whether raising salaries for corrupt officials improves or worsens petty corruption outcomes in developing countries. In one of the most ambitious public sector reform experiments in Africa, the Ghana government doubled its police officer salaries in 2010 in part to mitigate...

    19 Jan 2016 | Jeremy Foltz

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    Agricultural mechanisation in Ghana

    Mechanisation of agriculture is occurring in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, but there remains limited understanding of the economic, social, and institutional conditions underlying this trend. There has been a striking growth in the use of agricultural machinery in Ghana since the early 2000s.  This seemingly contradicts perceptions of agricultural stagnation and also runs...

    16 Dec 2015 | Douglas Gollin

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    When does the state deliver? An analysis of procurement practices among local governments in Ghana

    Under what conditions do bureaucrats and politicians have an incentive to defraud the state through corrupt procurement practices? Public officers regularly award contracts to private companies to construct public goods. However, these elites often abuse their position and award contracts to politically connected firms in return for campaign donations or personal kickbacks....

    16 Dec 2015 | Daniel Posner, Sarah Brierley

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    School performance: The role of early stage learning environments

    This project seeks to understand some of the constraints to basic education performance in Ghana by focusing on the influence of classroom environments on pupil learning outcomes. Its objectives are to assess the quality of the learning environment in kindergarten and first grade primary classrooms and to determine the extent to which the environment correlates with pupil...

    2 Oct 2015 | Pearl Kyei, Naa Dodua Dodoo, Nana Yaa Asantewaa Nyarko

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    Informality and the tax gap: A case of non-farm enterprise in Ghana

    Effective tax revenue mobilisation is important for sustained economic growth. In Ghana, tax avoidance and evasion is widespread, mainly in the informal sector, in which 86% of the country’s workforce is employed. In this project, researchers estimated the revenue currently lost through tax avoidance in the informal sector. Of the potential tax revenue to be...

    4 Sep 2015 | Michael Danquah, Eric Osei-Assibey