Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Do apprentices alleviate firms’ labour constraints? Evidence from a unique experiment in Ghana

    We study small firm labour constraints in the context of a national scale, government implemented apprentice placement program in Ghana. A large body of literature has shown that microenterprises rarely grow and transition into the formal sector (Mead, 1994; Mead and Liedholm, 1998). In particular these firms rarely increase the number of employees (Mead and Liedholm,...

    15 Apr 2015 | Morgan Hardy, Isaac Mbiti, Jamie McCasland

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    On the causes and effect of exchange rate volatility on economic growth: Evidence from Ghana

    After the collapse of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates in the 1970s a number of countries adopted a flexible system. In Ghana, the advent of the Financial Sector Adjustment Programme (FINSAP) – a component of the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP) – introduced major reforms in the financial sector including the jettison of the fixed exchange rates in...

    15 Apr 2015 | Paul Alagidede, Muazu Ibrahim

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    The ‘informalisation’ of Ghana’s small-scale gold mining economy: Drivers and policy implications

    Small-scale mining, though largely informal in Ghana, is a significant contributor to livelihoods and economic growth Negative environmental impacts mean the sector’s contribution is heavily restricted and driven further into informality This study found that informality and negative impacts in the sector are a result of current policies by state...

    10 Apr 2015 | Gavin Hilson, Abigail Hilson, Richard Amankwah, Grace Ofori-Sarpong

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    Exchange rate and macroeconomic stability: Determinants and Pass-through effects

    Since the liberalization of the foreign exchange market in the mid-1980s (as a component of the broad structural adjustment and economic reforms programmes), the rate at which a unit of Ghana’s currency (the cedi) exchanges for the US dollar and the currencies of her major trading partners has seen substantial swings. On the average, the cedi has depreciated against the...

    13 Feb 2015 | George Adu, Amin Karimu, Justice Tei Mensah

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    Formal and informal finance: Firm growth in Ghana

    One of the key drivers of sustainable growth in developing countries is firm growth and productivity (Beck et al., 2006, Triki et al.,2011). Therefore understanding firm growth has become a major concern for researchers and policy makers. Over the years, research studies have documented many constraints faced by firms especially in developing countries including...

    19 Jan 2015 | Emmanuel Bentum Amissah, Agyapomaa Gyeke-Dako

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    Agency Conflict and Bank Interest Spreads in Ghana

    In spite of the various reforms and policy initiatives in the Ghanaian banking industry aimed at improving efficiency in the industry in order to curtail interest rates, banks continue to exhibit high interest rate spreads. This high spread suggests that banks are operating inefficiently and this has serious implications for the functioning of the private sector and the...

    10 Oct 2014 | Sam Mensah, Joshua Abor

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    Ghana ultra-poor employment study

    This research provided new evidence that the rural poor are both willing and able to participate in paid labor, suggesting a high demand for employment programs. Employment programs and financial services may be more effective when implemented together. Anti-poverty programs that improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the poor may also improve...

    10 Oct 2014 | Dean Karlan, Abhijit Banerjee, Bram Thuysbert, Chris Udry

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    National service and beyond: A panel study of tertiary graduates in Ghana

    This project examines the mismatch between graduate skills and industry requirements in Ghana by tracking a cohort of tertiary graduates as they transition from schooling into the labour market. Existing studies on mismatch have predominantly used cross-sectional data to identify gaps between labour supply and demand. However, this approach does not capture the dynamic...

    30 Sep 2014 | Kehinde Ajayi

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    Examining the Impact of Adult Literacy Programs on Literacy, Numeracy, Health, and Economic Well-Being in Ghana

    Adult literacy programmes have existed in Ghana since 1948. Initially such programs were funded by donors, but after low efficiency rates (12.5% in the 70s), the donors cut funding. The programme was still continued by the Ghanaian government, and the National Functional Literacy Programme (NFLP) has been running in its current format since 2000. This study aims to measure...

    4 Sep 2014 | Niels-Hugo Blunch, Robert Darko Osei

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    Regulatory Capital, Banking Efficiency and Macroeconomic Stability: Evidence from Ghana

    In the last decade, there have been massive regulatory capital adjustments within the banking sector of Ghana. Yet, concerns of excessive risk-taking activities and the threat of instability of the sector remain. This study therefore seeks to investigate the actual influence of regulatory capital on banking efficiency and stability as measured by specific bank level...

    4 Sep 2014 | Eric Osei-Assibey, Joseph Kwadwo Asenso