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  • Publication - Policy note

    Easing the burden of Covid-19 in Uganda: Lowering food prices by reducing tariffs

    This note explores a measure to ease economic pressure from COVID-19 in Uganda: the elimination of high import tariffs on four important agricultural products, namely rice, vegetable oil, sugar and wheat/wheat flour. Using a dataset on household income derived from as well as expenditure on agricultural products, the researcher estimates that eliminating tariffs on...

    22 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    This paper examines the impact of the South Sudanese civil war on trade in East Africa. In a first step, we employ a gravity model to examine the impact of civil conflict on the trade of neighbouring countries in a general sense and conduct a counterfactual simulation for the South Sudanese case.

    20 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

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    Regional economic spillovers from the South Sudanese civil war: Evidence from formal and informal cross border trade

    Just two and a half years after gaining independence in July 2011, South Sudan’s civil war broke out on the 15th of December 2013. Since then, the conflict has fuelled a humanitarian crisis resulting in devastating social and economic consequences. Beyond claiming tens of thousands of victims and leaving more than a third of the country’s population forcibly displaced,...

    13 May 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer, Ben Shepherd

  • Blog post

    Technology and property tax: Raising city revenue in Kampala

    Recent technology has proved effective in expanding the city’s tax base but requires up to date data and is no substitute for supportive policy and legislation. Property taxes are a hugely important potential source of revenue for cities. Faced with limited municipal revenues and rapidly growing populations, taxes on the value of land and property can offer a...

    14 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Estimating the fiscal impact of tariff reform in Uganda using TRIST

    7 Apr 2020 | Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Blog post

    Location, location, and information: Firm clustering in Kampala

    A distinctive feature of business in Kampala is the clustering of similar products in particular areas of the city. Need a boda boda helmet to get to work? On Kyagwe Road in Old Kampala you’ll find any and all vehicle parts and accessories. Art supplies? Head straight to the shops on Nasser Road in Nakasero. For furniture, there are at least ten different suppliers along...

    1 Apr 2020 | Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system: Results from a new analysis of banking system data

    There have long been concerns about high-interest rates charged by banks in Uganda and wide spreads between deposit and lending rates. This makes it difficult for firms to borrow for the productive investment that is required to achieve high rates of economic growth. This study investigates the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system, using...

    13 Mar 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Nicole Ntungire, Doreen Rubatsimbira

  • Publication - Policy note

    Property taxes in Kampala: Some background information

    Property rates, as collected by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), are taxes on the rental or business income of property in the city of Kampala, Uganda that can be applied to commercial, institutional, and rented residential properties across the five urban divisions of the city. Property rates make up a substantial proportion of the KCCAs own source...

    5 Mar 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Tanner Regan

  • Publication - Policy note

    Beyond manufacturing: Reconsidering structural change in Uganda

    Uganda, along with other African countries, needs targeted policies to shift employment into more productive activities. “Industries without smokestacks” – tradeable services and agro-industrial activities that have more in common with manufacturing industries than more traditional services and agriculture – offer a new path for structural change in African...

    26 Feb 2020 | Richard Newfarmer, John Page, Priya Manwaring, Jakob Rauschendorfer

  • Publication - Policy note

    Special Economic Zones: Policy considerations for Uganda

    21 Feb 2020 | Priya Manwaring, Matthieu Teachout