Showing all Projects in Ghana

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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

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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