Showing all Projects in Ghana

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    Natural Resources, Institutions and FDI

    This paper examines the interaction between foreign direct investment (FDI), natural resources and institutions. The paper answers three questions: (i) Do natural resources crowd out FDI - i.e., is there an FDI-natural resource curse?; (ii) Do institutions mitigate the adverse effect of natural resources on FDI? (iii) Can institutions completely neutralise the FDI-natural...

    1 Jun 2012 | Elizabeth Asiedu

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    Culture and incentives: A cross-country field experiment

    Recent survey evidence shows that the most profitable and productive firms tend to adopt personnel policies that link pay to performance and that firms in low-income countries are less likely to use these “good” human resources management practices. Incentive pay is a key component of management strategy, and yet field evidence on the impacts of both individual and team...

    1 Apr 2012 | Greg Fischer, Oriana Bandiera

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    Gold mining and living standards in Ghanaian households

    The objective of this project is to contribute to the debate about the local economic effects of natural resources. We focus on the case gold mining in Ghana and address the following questions: What is the effect of mining on living conditions of regional and local communities? Which are the main drivers of the observed effects? The Ghanaian case offers an...

    1 Jan 2011 | Fernando Aragon, Juan Pablo Rud

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    Returns to Education

    Evidence suggests that despite completion of secondary schooling, students in Ghana are not gaining basic skills important for their future success (Anamuah-Mensah, 2011). Furthermore, relatively little information about the quality of secondary school and its relationship to student outcomes currently exists. While policymakers and educators conjecture about the...

    1 Dec 2010 | Steve Machin, Pascaline Dupas, Jamie Johnston

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    Public Financial Management and the Efficiency of Public Spending

    The discovery of commercial quantities of oil and gas off the coast of Ghana in June 2008 has given rise to high expectations and optimism for improved prospects for rapid economic development and poverty reduction. However, there have been public concerns for the proper management of the increased foreign exchange inflows and the transparent use and fair distribution of...

    1 Nov 2010 | Oliver Morrissey, Robert Darko Osei, Charles Ackah, Eric Mochiah

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    Agricultural Financing and Credit Constraints: The Role of Middlemen in Marketing and Credit Outcomes in Ghana

    Agriculture is the main stay in many African countries and the majority are subsistence farmers with low income. Similarly, the poor in Ghana are mostly found in rural areas and agriculture forms the mainstay of these economic agents. Despite the contribution of agriculture to the national economy, the incidence of poverty is reported to be highest amongst food crop...

    1 Oct 2010 | Peter Quartey, Seidu Al-Hassan, Hellen Adzo Seshie, Chris Udry

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    Impact of fair trade certification on rural livelihoods

    Cocoa farming plays a critical economic and social role in Ghana. Cocoa is the country’s second most important export and provides income to a large segment of the Ghanaian population. But the cocoa sector has been afflicted with continuing problems, including declining productivity, crop damage from pests and disease, persistent poverty among farming communities, health...

    1 Sep 2010 | Michael J. Hiscox, Sandra Sequeira, Maja Tampe, Jens Hainmueller

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    Harnessing Oil Revenues in Ghana

    Ghana has recently started producing oil from the offshore Jubilee field. This paper addresses the question of how Ghana should best harness these oil revenues. This is done in two sections. In the first, it considers whether Ghana should spend or save the windfall, comparing spending rules under a range of assumptions to the permanent income (PI) benchmark. On balance we...

    1 Jun 2010 | Radoslaw Stefanski

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    Improving Child Nutrition through Quality Certification of Infant Foods: A Randomised Trial in Ghana

    This scoping study aims to lay a foundation for the introduction and randomized trial of third-party quality certification of infant foods in Ghana. The products whose quality would be certified are the cereal-based complementary foods recommended for infants between 6 and 24 months of age, when healthy growth requires foods of exceptionally high nutrient density and...

    1 Dec 2009 | William Masters, Daniel Sarpong, John Kuwornu

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    Household clean water technology: Valuation, use, and impact

    We utilize the Becker-Degroot-Marschak (1964) mechanism to estimate the willingness to pay for clean drinking water technology in northern Ghana. Under certain conditions, the BDM mechanism has attractive properties for empirical research, allowing us to directly estimate demand, compute heterogeneous treatment effects, and study the direct and screening effect of prices...

    1 Sep 2009 | Greg Fischer, James Berry, Raymond Guiteras