Showing all Projects in Myanmar

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    Support to Ethnic Armed Organisations' Economic Working Committee for Peace Negotiations

    Increasing attention is now given to the importance of addressing economic issues in peace agreements, as this can help to address root causes of conflict and lay a foundation for a sustainable economic framework. Conversely, if economic issues are not adequately addressed during the peace process, this can drive a return to conflict and create instability. Precisely which...

    19 Jun 2018 | Paul Minoletti

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    Understanding foreign connections: How Myanmar's top exporters find buyers

    Since 2010, Myanmar has implemented political and economic reforms aimed at spurring growth and increasing the country’s participation in the global economy. Despite these reforms and the removal of international trade sanctions, Myanmar’s exports remain low and the trade deficit is widening. Part of the explanation for this poor performance lies in the fact that...

    12 Jan 2018 | Matthieu Teachout

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    Supporting project development processes in Mandalay

    In 2016, the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Comprehensive Education Development Center (CDEC) together with the USAID-Supported Private Sector Development Activity prepared a report for the Mandalay Regional Government (MRG) and the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) entitled “Promoting Inclusive Growth by Subnational Governments through Projects”....

    6 Dec 2017 | Paul Minoletti

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    Perceptions of Chinese investment in Myanmar

    Research to date supports the idea that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is conducive for growth and poverty alleviation. Apart from economic benefits, the current literature argues that FDI and international market integration promote democratisation and reduce the incidence of armed conflicts in the long run. Such findings hold important implications for an increasingly...

    12 Oct 2017 | Youyi Zhang, Ying Yao

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    Monitoring Myanmar's electrification plan: Welfare effects and access issues

    Myanmar is in energy poverty. Venture outside Yangon or Mandalay at night and one will be mostly faced with darkness. The Government of Myanmar rightly sees electrification as a national priority for growth. The National Electrification Plan (NEP) is an ambitious plan by the government to provide access to electricity for all by 2030, up from 34% today. It aims to achieve...

    13 Sep 2017 | Nicholas Ryan, Michael Greenstone, Robin Burgess

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    Artisanal jade mining in Myanmar

    Myanmar is the largest producer of jade in the world, accounting for 95% of global supply. In 2014, one report estimated annual jade production at $31bn - almost half of Myanmar’s GDP in that year - making it by far the country’s most valuable commodity. Yet little is known about the sector and most of its value evades official records and taxation processes. Despite...

    28 Jul 2017 | Win Min, Min Zar Ni Lin, Marjanneke Vijge

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    Spillovers from special economic zones: Micro-evidence from the Myanmar

    This project proposes a novel approach to the evaluation of special economic zones (SEZs). We propose to use a combination of a detailed survey and administrative data to identify the extent, channels and constraints to spillovers between firms inside the zone and the rest of the economy outside the zone. The project builds on the unique chance to analyse the creation and...

    28 Jul 2017 | Amit Khandelwal, Matthieu Teachout, Rocco Macchiavello

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    Functional and expenditure assignments in Myanmar

    Decentralisation of fiscal power and responsibilities to sub-national governments is essential to achieve the emergence of a united federal democratic union as well as to achieve the government’s key policy objective of creating favourable economic conditions for balanced economic development across the States and Regions. Recent decentralisation reforms have empowered...

    14 Jul 2017 | Ildirim Valley, Hein Aung Kyaw, Lachlan McDonald

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    Local economic development in Yangon: Demand side survey

    As Yangon develops and expands, ensuring a suitable supply of jobs and economic opportunities will be important for inclusive growth. In addition, interventions and policies aimed at addressing the main barriers preventing individuals from acquiring decent work can go a long way in solving Yangon’s urban poverty challenge. To date, however, little is known about the main...

    25 May 2017 | Michael Slingsby

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    Myanmar's remittance economy

    Economic challenges within Myanmar over the past half-century have led to a large emigration of workers to neighbouring countries such as Thailand. Here economic opportunities are greater, wages higher, and demand for less skilled labour larger – all acting as pull factors for migrants. As a result, Myanmar has become the largest migration source country in the Greater...

    22 Mar 2017 | Randall Akee, Devesh Kapur