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  • Multimedia Item - Video

    The Ebola Crisis: What can economists do?

    6 Oct 2014

  • Blog post

    Assessing the economic effects of Ebola

    The outbreak of Ebola has highlighted the need for economists to assess the impact of the crisis. Very tentative findings by researchers at the International Growth Centre have flagged up warning signs on jobs, sales and the state of food markets In the midst of a severe health emergency such as the outbreak of Ebola that has struck the West African nations of Guinea,...

    26 Sep 2014 | Phil Thornton

  • News Item

    The Economic Impact of Ebola - September 2014 Report

    August is the peak of the lean season when imported rice is transported throughout the country to fill food needs. The Government cordon in Kenema and Kailahun has the potential to interrupt this flow of food. While the Government and its partners have been bringing food into the districts impacted by the cordon it is critical to monitor whether this food is reaching rural...

    5 Sep 2014

  • News Item

    Responding to the economic threat posed by the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

    Statement by the International Growth Centre from Rachel Glennerster (Lead Academic, IGC Sierra Leone), Jonathan Leape (Executive Director, IGC), Herbert M'cLeod (Country Director, IGC Sierra Leone) and Tavneet Suri (MIT). The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has generated global alarm, but while the policy response has, so far, rightly focused on the public...

    5 Sep 2014

  • Project

    Promoting the adoption of new rice varieties: Addressing the costs of early adoption

    Over the past decades, agricultural productivity has stagnated in much of sub-Saharan Africa while many other regions have seen dramatic productivity improvements. As a result, many African countries do not produce enough staple food to meet their growing consumption needs. Sierra Leone, a net exporter of rice in the 1960s, must now import a third of its total consumption...

    4 Sep 2014 | Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri

  • Event

    IPA/IGC/IFAD Agricultural Workshop

    The IGC, in conjunction with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held an agricultural workshop on June 19th 2014 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The workshop had two main goals: 1) to share the recent research work funded by IGC and carried out by IPA in Sierra Leone, and 2) provide direct policy advice for actors...

    19 June 2014

  • Publication - Project Report

    The Economic Impact of Ebola (September 2014 Report)

    4 Sep 2014 | Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri

  • Project

    Clientelism and state capacity: Persistence and change in Sierra Leone and Colombia

    Governments of developing countries frequently lack the ability to control or organize their territory, and their politicians often lack incentives to make socially efficient decisions for the country, especially regarding the provision of essential public goods such as law and order, infrastructure and education. Western countries such as the UK or the US faced similar...

    4 Sep 2014 | James Robinson, Daron Acemoglu, Ana María Ibáñez

  • Project

    Incentivising service delivery in Sierra Leone

    Recent evidence has highlighted the power of ‘non-financial incentives’ – i.e., rewarding and punishing behavior through social rather than monetary means – to improve the performance of individuals performing public service. Such incentive schemes are cheap, target individuals’ intrinsic motivation (i.e. desire to do good), and avoid a host of problems associated...

    4 Sep 2014 | Paul Collier, Oeindrila Dube, Vivek Maru, Bilal Siddiqi

  • Project

    Power to the people: Prospects for decentralised electrification in Sierra Leone

    The aim of this project is to produce a Rapid Response Note for Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy assessing what mix of regulatory mechanisms, incentives, and public-­‐private partnerships would be required to facilitate and accelerate rollout of decentralized clean energy (e.g. mini-­grid) electrification across Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is a highly...

    4 Sep 2014 | Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, Ronke Luke, Sahr Aruna