Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Growth and Informality in Urban Africa

    Tanzania and Ghana have both seen improvements in their growth rates and, in the case of Ghana, a halving of the poverty rate between 1991 and 2005. Yet a common trend in both countries has been the growth in informality in the labour force. Growth has occurred but this has not led to a structural transformation of the economy from small scale to larger scale activities....

    4 Sep 2014 | Francis Teal

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    State-Business Relations

    This study will examine the drivers of change in the quality of governance in a developing country like Ghana. While the literature has pointed out a number of potential determinants of change, such as democracy, press freedom, leadership, or technical assistance, we are particularly interested in state-business relations. Obviously, good governance has a positive impact on...

    4 Sep 2014 | Robert Darko Osei

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    Understanding the nature of funding political parties in Ghana: challenges and implications

    This research project seeks to understand the nature of funding political parties in Ghana and how it affects democratic politics. Political parties are the core of modern representative democracy. Multi-party democratic politics in Ghana dates back to the late 1940s. The process through which political parties mobilise funds for their electoral activities has been...

    4 Sep 2014 | Emmanuel Kojo Sakyi, Daniel Appiah

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    Financial development and the collapse of clientelism in Ghana

    In this research we develop a new hypothesis about the relationship between clientelism and financial development, and we will test it using data from Ghana. In large parts of the developing world clientelism operates between political parties and firms. Firms bankroll increasingly expensive election campaigns, and in return political parties offer and promise clientelistic...

    4 Sep 2014 | Ishac Diwan, James Robinson

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    Agricultural productivity growth and economic development in an open economy: The case of Ghana

    Reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa will entail the movement of people out of quasi-subsistence agriculture, the sector in which most of the poor currently earn their livelihoods. This structural transformation can occur both through improving productivity in smallholder farms and creating opportunities elsewhere in the economy, whether in agriculture or non-agriculture....

    4 Sep 2014 | Douglas Gollin, Francesco Caselli, Richard Rogerson

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    Estimating the Benefit to Secondary School in Africa: Experimental Evidence from Ghana

    Some researchers argue that secondary education is likely to have a much larger impact than primary education on long-run earnings, health, fertility, gender equality, and civic and political participation. But expanding secondary education is a significantly more expensive undertaking than providing free primary education. Working with the government of Ghana, this...

    4 Sep 2014 | Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer, Pascaline Dupas

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    Regional Analysis of Inflation Dynamics in Ghana: Persistence, Causes and Policy Implications

    Welfare implications of aggregate inflation are fairly well-documented in the literature and are also fairly intuitive. However, the potential welfare losses that can be attributed to inflation (and persistence of inflation) in sectors that can be considered to be core/necessities are, arguably, likely to be higher, for example, food and fuel. At the same time, keeping...

    1 Feb 2014 | Paul Alagidede, Simeon Coleman, George Adu

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    Recyclers at risk? Analysis of E-waste and blood lead Levels at Ghana's recycling hub, Agbogbloshie

    Rapid urbanization coupled with lack of adequate infrastructural services and job opportunities has brought in new socio-economic and environmental problems in the developing world. One such issue that requires urgent attention is the mounting e-waste stockpiles and attendant informal recycling operations, which has grown from being a concern for regional and local...

    1 Jan 2014 | Ebenezer Amankwaa, Kwame Alexander Adovor Tsikudo, Jay Bowman, Christine Asedo, Onallia Osei, Louis Frimpong

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    Attitudes of local people to mining policies and interventions

    Even though exploitation of minerals, especially gold has been taking place in Ghana for over a century, there are still many problems that have made it difficult for the industry to realize its full potentials, especially in the area employment, income and consequently contribution to growth. According to Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), the contribution of the mining and...

    1 Dec 2013 | Daniel K. Twerefou, Kwadwo Tutu

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    The impact of Chinese involvement in small-scale gold mining in Ghana

    Small-scale mining contributes about 30% of Ghana’s total gold output and provides livelihoods to large numbers of people One aspect of the controversial issue of illegal mining in Ghana is the involvement of foreigners, especially Chinese companies and miners Findings suggest that there are serious negative impacts intensified by the involvement of...

    1 Dec 2013 | Gordon Crawford, Atinga Mba, Coleman Agyeyomah, Gabriel Botchwey