Showing all Projects in Kenya

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    Liquidity constraints, presumptive taxation, and tax compliance: Experimental evidence from Kenya

    Tax evasion generates significant losses in government revenues and can lead to large distortions in the economy. Evasion is of particular concern in developing countries, where the share of the informal economy is typically larger and the government has limited sources of information. Over the last decade, an increasing number of revenue authorities around the world have...

    26 Jul 2017 | Lorenzo Casaburi, Dina D. Pomeranz

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    Tracking constraints to entrepreneurship in Africa

    An important part of understanding the growth prospects of an economy comes from understanding the constraints to business growth and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, the data in this area is scarce in East Africa. The World Bank collects two sets of data in this vein, both of which suffer from some well-known issues such as the focus being solely on formal firms, medium to...

    23 May 2017 | Tavneet Suri, Louis Dorval

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    The social and economic impacts of electrification: Evidence from Kenya

    In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 600 million people live without electricity. This study analyses the economics of rural electrification through a randomised field experiment that connected hundreds of rural households to the national electrical grid in Kenya.  The experiment reveals low demand for grid connections, high costs of construction, and limited economic...

    25 Jan 2017 | Edward Miguel, Catherine Wolfram, Ken Lee

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    Scaling up policies for agricultural trade

    Our overarching research objective is to collect the data and build the toolkit needed to combine micro-level data from intervention trials with macro-level models of policy scale-up. We propose to generate a tractable trade model in which multiple agents produce and consume multiple goods and interact across markets via trade and migration. We will parameterise and...

    19 Oct 2016 | Edward Miguel, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare

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    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

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    The value of democracy: Evidence from road building in Kenya

    Just how significant is ethnic favouritism in Africa? It’s a common aspect of Africa’s perception and many of the continents ills have been blamed on it. Yet, it has been quite difficult to find concrete evidence of this behaviour. So how much does it actually exist and what are the effects? We look at the case of Kenya and find strong empirical evidence of ethnic...

    4 Sep 2014 | Robin Burgess, Remi Jedwab, Edward Miguel, Ameet Morjaria, Gerard Padró i Miquel