Showing all Projects in Liberia

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    How to increase the adoption of civil service reform? The role of training and incentives

    Many developing countries suffer from ineffective public service delivery. A growing literature sheds light on reforms which can improve public service quality. For instance, existing studies focus on showing how performance‐based incentives can improve the performance of frontline civil servants working in health facilities, schools, or collecting taxes. Also, a large...

    22 Jan 2018 | Vincent Pons, Daniel Rogger, Erika Deserranno, Jennifer Ljungqvist

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    Mapping informal financial flows in the artisanal mining sector: The cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

    In recent years, the economic importance and formalisation of artisanal gold mining has taken centre stage in policy discussions on rural economic development in West Africa.  Research has shown that despite being associated with a host of environmental, health and safety and social concerns, the sector provides a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of poor people in the...

    12 Oct 2017 | Roy Maconachie, Gavin Hilson

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    Yes to peace: Preventing election violence in Liberia

    In 2017, Liberia will be conducting its third general election after its civil conflict. Liberia is among a handful of African countries that could experience election violence during elections this year.  In fact, security officials speculate that electoral violence in the forthcoming general elections is perhaps of a greater likelihood than at any time since 2005 given...

    25 May 2017 | Sabrina Karim

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    The socio-economic impacts of natural resource concessions in Liberia

    Evidence from Liberia suggests that requiring foreign investors to provide public goods in the areas where their investments are physically sited can better spur local economic growth. Researchers concluded this by matching data on individual concessions granted to investors by the Liberian government with night-time light growth data, collected via satellite. The...

    26 Jan 2017 | Bradley Parks, Daniel Runfola, Jonas Bunte, Kanio Bai Gbala

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    A study of the economic impact of the Ebola crisis on Monrovians living on US$1 a day or less

    This study is intended to contribute to the broader work of the IGC in Liberia by providing in-depth information on the challenges faced by the poorest sector of society in the context of the Ebola crisis. Those living on US$1 a day or less make up one of the largest sectors of the urban population, and their poverty represents a major constraint to broader growth in the...

    15 Apr 2015 | Philippa Atkinson, Edward Mulbah, Carolyn Myers Zoduah

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    Economics of Ebola initiative

    The IGC is supporting the Governments of Sierra Leone and Liberia by centrally collating both IGC and non-IGC research on the economic impacts of Ebola, in order to make their policy implications more accessible. Early analysis indicates that the economic costs of the Ebola outbreak will be significant, including panic, loss in confidence, reduction in market...

    10 Mar 2015 | Nadia Hasham