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  • Project

    Search frictions and firm and market growth in Liberia

    Introduction The goal of the study is to understand information frictions between large buyers and their potential suppliers in Liberia. While a lot of tenders are published, it appears that some suppliers have an “information deficit” – e.g., that they lack knowledge about how to apply to tenders or believe that it is not possible for them to win tenders – that...

    6 Jul 2016 | Jonas Hjort

  • Project

    The role of intra-national trade costs in market integration: Evidence from Liberia

    Understanding trade barriers is key to find efficient policies that promote growth. In West Africa, land transport prices are among the highest in the world, and many markets are still isolated. In those markets, high transport prices result in high commodity prices, and few possibilities for producers to access bigger markets, which impede growth. The goal of this project...

    19 May 2016 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Jonas Hjort

  • Blog post

    Cashless economics: The new wave of mobile money

    2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of M-PESA, the digital wallet that transformed financial inclusion and banking starting first in Kenya spreading through much of East Africa. In March of this year, the IGC held a ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa, as they seek to replicate...

    17 May 2016 | Upaasna Kaul

  • Event

    Sub-regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa

    The mobile money financial services industry is now expanding rapidly in the West African sub-region after its phenomenal growth in East Africa. Experiences of East and Southern African countries confirm that mobile money presents a unique opportunity to encourage and enhance financial inclusion, formalise the informal sector and tap into the domestic savings in rural...

    14–16 March 2016

  • Blog post

    Cross border trading: Sierra Leone and her neighbours

    Despite efforts to promote inter-African trade, significant barriers to cross border trade remain throughout much of the continent. Persistent and cumbersome trade barriers drive trade into informality. Official statistics fail to fully capture cross border trading estimates, which contributes to lower levels of tax collection and enforcement of regulations. In Sierra...

    24 Feb 2016 | Abou Bakarr Kamara

  • News Item

    Businesses suffered and jobs disappeared across Liberia during the Ebola outbreak, according to research funded by the IGC

    Liberia’s economic downturn during the Ebola outbreak was severe, with businesses in Montserrado county – home to the capital Monrovia – especially suffering, shows new research funded by the IGC. According to a new IGC bulletin, 12% of businesses surveyed across Liberia during the peak of the Ebola crisis (September to November 2014) reported to have closed down...

    16 Dec 2015

  • Publication - Bulletin

    The economic impacts of Ebola – Bulletin six (December 2015)

    16 Dec 2015 | Jeremy Bowles, Jonas Hjort, Timothy Melvin, Eric Werker

  • Project

    The effect of the Ebola outbreak on political trust, attitudes, and voting behaviour

    Lack of trust between communities, government, and health workers could be one of the key reasons why the Ebola outbreak in West Africa went out of control. It is only when the death toll reached unprecedentedly high levels that communities started to (partially) trust health workers and government educational campaigns. The importance of trust and strong relationships...

    2 Nov 2015 | Elisa Maffioli

  • Project

    The lives of urban youth: Before and after the Ebola epidemic

    As a result of the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa, there were a total of 10,672 cases of Ebola in Liberia, with 4,808 deaths. Recent reports from the World Bank found that labour activity contracted considerably during the Ebola crisis, and data recently collected (April 2015) by IPA finds that among Monrovia youth, the unemployment rate is 30 percent. This signals a...

    8 Oct 2015 | Lori Beaman, Jeremy Magruder, Niall Keleher