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  • Project

    Optimal Vertical Control in Agricultural Trade

    Sierra Leone’s cocoa is of poor quality and receives poor prices in international markets. Farmers and traders at the top of the supply chain must invest in drying, fermenting and storage before exporters can obtain the amount of good quality cocoa they need to win a higher price. Market participants could fail to make these investments for two reasons: (1) the market...

    10 Oct 2014 | Tristan Reed, Lorenzo Casaburi

  • Project

    Agriculture, Technology Adoption, and Infrastructure: What Are the Returns and Who Do They Accrue To? Evidence from Sierra Leone

    In spite of the central relevance of infrastructure in the development policy debate, there has been little rigorous research on the impact of large scale infrastructure investments in very poor economies. It is usually difficult to disentangle the causal impact of infrastructure on economic outcomes as infrastructure is often built in the fastest growing areas of a...

    9 Oct 2014 | Lorenzo Casaburi, Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri

  • 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