Showing all Projects in Uganda

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    Firm-level technology adoption and investment in training

    It has long been argued that skills and technology are complementary, and in the case of developing countries, firms produce using technologies farther away from the frontier and workers have lower education and formal training. As a result, the lower skill endowment of workers may reduce the incentives of firms to invest in technology, and the more backward technologies...

    20 Sep 2019 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Raffaela Muoio , Robert Mpiira

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    The long-term impact of vocational training and job search assistance for unemployed youth: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Uganda

    Youth unemployment and underemployment are key policy challenges in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where 60% of the population is below the age of 25 and where it is expected to generate one million new unemployed in 2018 alone. This project seeks to provide new evidence on the effectiveness of active labour market policies in improving youth...

    20 Sep 2019 | Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman, Anna Vitali

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    Scoping trip for exploring the potential of PPPs and user fees to fund transport infrastructure and services in Greater Kampala

    Around the world, there is great interest in building urban transportation infrastructure. In cities from Kampala to Lagos, policymakers are drafting ambitious transportation plans that call for the implementation of extensive bus rapid transit systems, light rail lines and metros, as well as, new highways, bridges and tunnels. These plans are motivated by an urgent goal of...

    20 Sep 2019 | Matti Siemiatycki

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    Learning to learn by learning to teach

    Motivating public service workers is a primary concern of government institutions as they pursue approaches to improve state effectiveness. From a staffing perspective, several state-funded public service workers are public school teachers. This is the case in Uganda, which has very high rates of teacher absenteeism, even though its teachers seem to be more competent than...

    20 Sep 2019 | Nava Ashraf, Vesall Nourani

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    Strains on trade: frictions and policy in the Ugandan vehicle sector

    The secondary markets for motor vehicles and their spare parts loom large in Uganda, as they do in many other low-income countries. In 2015, second only to petroleum products, vehicles represented one of the top imports by value, with most of them being in used condition. The relative affordability of used vehicles allows for deeper penetration into the Ugandan population,...

    16 Aug 2019 | Felix Forster, Dorothy Nakyambadde

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    Trade facilitation and informal cross border trade

    Informal cross border trade (ICBT) – trade activities which are unrecorded in official trade statistics – is pervasive in Africa. Economic theory suggests that the presence of informal trade depends on the relative costs of trading informally and formally (Golub, 2015; Eberhard-Ruiz & Moradi, 2018). Some of the factors spurring informal trade are expensive document...

    16 Jul 2019 | Jade Siu

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    Reviewing Uganda’s 2017 National Export Action Plan

    Uganda’s Export Promotion Action Plan prioritises export-oriented growth to attain middle income status by 2020. In April 2017, the Uganda National Planning Authority (NPA) invited the IGC to review the Export Promotion Action Plan. According to the NPA, the IGC’s recommendations informed not only the Export Action Plan, but a number of other policy papers ...

    16 Jan 2019 | Ritwika Sen, Richard Newfarmer

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    Responding to the US threat to remove AGOA preferences - Uganda

    The second-hand clothing ban in the East African Community (EAC) is a policy whose proposed goal is to spur the development of the local EAC apparel industry. The U.S. Administration, under President Donald Trump, has threatened to remove trade preferences that are provided to EAC countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) if they do not reverse the...

    23 Aug 2018 | Garth Frazer, Victor Steenbergen, Ritwika Sen

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    Improving teaching and learning: Experiments on teacher incentives and training in Uganda

    In low-income countries, primary school students often fall far below grade level and primary dropout rates remain high. Further, in some countries, educators encourage their weaker students to dropout before reaching the end of primary school. These educators hope to avoid the negative attention that authorities direct to a school when its students perform poorly on the...

    15 Jun 2018 | Daniel Gilligan, Naureen Karachiwalla, Ibrahim Kasirye, Adrienne Lucas, Derek Neal

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    Firm-level technology adoption and investment in training

    In developing countries, firms produce using technologies farther away from the frontier, and workers have lower education and formal training. It has long been argued that skills and technology are complementary (see, for example, Foster and Rosenzweig 1996). As a result, the lower skill endowment of workers may reduce the incentives of firms to invest in technology, and...

    22 Feb 2018 | Vittorio Bassi, Tommaso Porzio, Esau Tugume, Ritwika Sen, Raffaela Muoio