Showing all Projects in Liberia

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    The impact of the Ebola outbreak on firms in Liberia

    Most of the estimates of the economic impact of Ebola have been either anecdotal or top-down using national accounts. We do not yet have survey data on how individual firms are being hit by the epidemic and how they are responding, including the effect on workers and the orientation of the firms themselves to potentially new business opportunities. We propose collecting...

    20 Feb 2015 | Jeremy Bowles, Jonas Hjort, Timothy Melvin, Eric Werker

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    Using SMS data to improve Ebola models and estimate the impact of Ebola on healthcare seeking behaviour in Liberia

    The current Ebola crisis of West Africa has ravaged the health and social sectors of affected countries and has also had pronounced effects on the economies of these countries. Liberia has seen the most deaths, at 4,808 to date. Despite the significance of the outbreak, there has been little data available to measure the extent to which this outbreak has directly affected...

    12 Feb 2015 | Karen Grépin, Rumi Chunara

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    Population-based surveys to inform Ebola recovery

    Liberia currently faces the dual challenge of rebuilding after the Ebola outbreak while remaining vigilant to prevent its resurgence.  In this process, the Liberian government and humanitarian providers face a dearth of information to inform their efforts to support Ebola recovery. To respond to citizen needs in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, providers need...

    28 Jan 2015 | Lily L. Tsai, Benjamin Morse, Robert Blair, Sabrina Karim

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    Learning from Double-Digit Growth Experiences

    This extended memorandum identifies episodes of sustained double-digit growth in real GDP, defined as a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent or more over a period of 8 years or longer. Using a measure of real GDP reported in the World Development Indicators, we identify 33 country-episodes of double-digit growth since 1960. The narrative of each episode is presented,...

    30 Oct 2014 | Eric Werker

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    Compensations and Customary Rights in the Context of the Concessionaire Companies: An Economic Approach

    The present report deals with the question of how to compensate rural communities affected by the operations of concessionaire companies in Liberia. Addressing this concern requires that we successively look at the three following issues: (1) how communities are being informed and involved in the process of negotiation leading to concession agreements; (2) how to design the...

    30 Oct 2014 | Jean-Marie Baland, Jean-Phillippe Platteau

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    Optimising Real Estate Tax in Liberia: Implications for Revenue Performance and Economic Growth

    Real estate tax is considered to have strong economic efficiency, equity and governance benefits; however, its administrative and political costs prevent it from being used extensively in many developing countries. In Liberia, real estate tax revenues are less than 0.2 percent of GDP, compared to an average of 0.6 percent of GDP in developing countries, suggesting that...

    30 Oct 2014 | Oyebola Olabisi

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    Increasing Property Tax Compliance in Liberia

    This project is a pilot for a full randomised control trial research project on understanding factors that affect tax compliance. In many developing countries with weak state capacity, the first order question in tax compliance is the extensive margin as a large proportion of taxable individuals and firms remain outside the tax base; however, the tax compliance...

    30 Oct 2014 | Oyebola Olabisi

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    Building trust in a reformed security sector: A field experiment in Liberia

    Over the past decade, a consensus has emerged among both scholars and policymakers that rule of law is a prerequisite for sustainable peace and economic growth in countries recovering from civil conflict. Rule of law helps ensure security of property rights, builds confidence among businesses and investors and provides mechanisms for resolving disputes without recourse to...

    1 May 2014 | Danielle Jung, Robert Blair, Benjamin Morse, Sabrina Karim

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    Analysis of Alternatives Permissible under the ECOWAS Regulation on Supplementary Protection Measures

    The objective of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to promote economic integration in West Africa, with potential economic benefit for Liberia IGC researchers supplemented earlier analysis to model the implications of Supplementary Protection Measures as part of the ECOWAS common external tariff calculus Adopting the common external...

    1 Mar 2014 | Jaime de Melo, Armela Mancellari, Anne Laski

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    Determinates and consequences of firm success in Liberia

    Researchers and policymakers have increasingly realized that the same factors that determine the growth of the private sector also tend to determine the aggregate growth rate of the economy. Yet we know very little about specific factors that influence the success of firms in the poorest countries, and concrete, short-term consequences of their success. By shedding light on...

    1 Jan 2014 | Jonas Hjort