Showing all Projects in Uganda

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    Rainfall, selection, and agricultural productivity

    Developing countries have a low income per capita and low total factor productivity, relatively more so in the agricultural sector. Even after accounting for differences in labour inputs or incorrect measurement, this “agricultural productivity gap” remains large. In explaining this puzzle, the most recent research highlights the role of sorting and selection of workers...

    31 Jul 2017 | Francesco Amodio, Markus Poschke

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    Evaluation of the Common External Tariff (CET) of the East African Community (EAC) from Uganda and Rwanda's perspective in 2017

    Regional trade integration is a pillar of East African Community partner states’ trade policies, including Uganda and Rwanda. The Customs Union, a first milestone in the regional integration process, was adopted in 2005, committing member states (initially Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) to the adoption of a Common External Tariff (CET). Uganda has now had twelve years of...

    19 Jul 2017 | Garth Frazer

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    Tracking constraints to entrepreneurship in Africa

    An important part of understanding the growth prospects of an economy comes from understanding the constraints to business growth and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, the data in this area is scarce in East Africa. The World Bank collects two sets of data in this vein, both of which suffer from some well-known issues such as the focus being solely on formal firms, medium to...

    23 May 2017 | Tavneet Suri, Louis Dorval

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    How regional trade can contribute to the development of East Africa's border areas

    In East Africa as well as other regions of the world, border regions tend to be less economically developed than interior ones. Night lights captured by satellites are on average 35% less intense at land borders than 200 km inland. Such “border shadows” are both a cause and a consequence of national boundaries. Country borders typically run through naturally...

    31 Mar 2017 | Olivier Cadot, Alexander Himbert, Marius Brülhart

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    Export transitions, productivity, and the supply chain

    This project assessed the consequences of Uganda's trade policy in terms of the impact on firm exports, productivity, and most interestingly, the wider supply chain. I also examine how this has important lessons for the ‘Buy Uganda, Build Uganda’ (BUBU) policy. I observed that Ugandan export and domestic trade performance is impressive and has been driven by the...

    15 Mar 2017 | John Spray

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    The potential of taxing vacant land in Kampala’s central division

    In a previous IGC-funded research project at the request of the Directorate of Revenue Collection (DRC) in the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Dr Mihaly Kopanyi analysed various ways that KCCA could potentially raise its own source revenue. One of the main recommendations was to explore the issue of taxation of vacant land. Land tax overall is a major potential...

    15 Mar 2017 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Astrid Haas

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    Improving export performance in Uganda

    Uganda is keen to leverage its external sector to support economic growth and employment creation through structural transformation. This has become increasingly urgent as commodity prices have levelled off and volumes have stagnated with the global slowdown. Policymakers need to establish a supportive environment within which the private sector can invest in exports. The...

    23 Jan 2017 | Ben Shepherd

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    The supply chain for seed: Where does it all go wrong?

    It is well-known that there are significant challenges along the input supply chain in agriculture in Uganda. In particular, once these inputs get down to a farmer level they are of very sub-standard quality, not resulting in the expected yield increases. This is one of the primary reasons why farmers do not face incentives to invest in these inputs. The recent Bold,...

    6 Jan 2017 | Nathan Fiala

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    Making agricultural extension work by embedding extension workers into the supply chain

    The low productivity of African agriculture is a major reason for poverty on the sub-continent. While a green revolution has transformed rural livelihoods in large parts of Asia, most rural Africans still engage in subsistence farming. Uganda is a good case study in how dysfunctional agricultural markets undermine economic opportunity. The adoption of fertiliser and...

    7 Nov 2016 | Jakob Svensson, Tessa Bold, Tim Ohlenburg

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    Scaling up policies for agricultural trade

    Our overarching research objective is to collect the data and build the toolkit needed to combine micro-level data from intervention trials with macro-level models of policy scale-up. We propose to generate a tractable trade model in which multiple agents produce and consume multiple goods and interact across markets via trade and migration. We will parameterise and...

    19 Oct 2016 | Edward Miguel, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare