Showing all Projects in Zambia

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    Growing together: Trust, spontaneous clusters, and the growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises in cities

    The rapid growth of cities in the African continent provides a new opportunity for the spread of innovative ideas and creates the conditions for the accumulation of social capital through repeated interactions. Urban density and social proximity can foster cooperation in the provision of public goods and the creation of win-win solutions which relax the economic constraints...

    6 Jul 2016 | Edward Glaeser, Nava Ashraf, Alexia Delfino

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    Infrastructure, incentives and institutions

    Expensive infrastructure is ineffective if it doesn't travel the last mile. In nineteenth-century New York and modern Zambia, disease spread when urbanites chose not to use newly built sanitation infrastructure to save money. Either subsidies or Pigouvian fines can internalise the externalities that occur when people don't use sanitation infrastructure, but with weak...

    23 Jun 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Edward Glaeser, Giacomo Ponzetto

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    Negotiating a better future: The impact of teaching negotiation skills on girls’ health and educational outcomes (Pilot)

    The formation of human capital lies at the core of individual well-being and national economic development; it is intricately tied to overcoming the global health challenges (such as high rates of malnutrition, maternal mortality, and HIV/AIDS prevalence) that constrain economic growth in developing nations.  A large variety of development interventions thus target...

    13 May 2016 | Nava Ashraf, Kathleen McGinn

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    Promoting job-rich urbanisation in Zambia

    Gregory Randolph and Dhruv Jain

    14 Mar 2016 | Gregory Randolph, Dhruv Jain

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    Upgrading sanitation in informal settlements in Lusaka

    Despite significant investments by governments, international donors and NGOs in bringing sanitation to low-income communities, the adoption of improved sanitation by low-income households has remained stubbornly low. Building on a recent but flourishing literature stressing the importance of social networks on influencing individuals’ behaviour, this study will address...

    14 Mar 2016 | Mũthoni Ngatia, William Parienté, Roland Rathelot

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    Pilot study on productivity in the civil service: Understanding the impact of compensation as a driver of worker performance

    While the effect of performance related incentives on productivity has been widely addressed in the literature (e.g. Bandiera, Barankay, and Rasul (2005), (2007), (2009); Ashraf, Bandiera, and Jack (2014); Hearer (2004); Duflo, Hanna, and Ryan, (2012); Lazear (2000); Fryer (2011); Muralidharan and Sundararaman (2011)), the impact of an exogenous increase in wages in the...

    14 Mar 2016 | Oriana Bandiera, Nava Ashraf, Torsten Figueiredo Walter

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    Decentralisation of Government in Zambia: Baseline survey and a global comparative analysis of strategies and barriers to implementation

    A decentralised public service is widely perceived to more effectively respond to local community needs. As in other post-colonial states, there has been a push toward decentralisation in Zambia since independence; implementation, however, has lagged due largely to uncertainty on optimal rollout strategies given capacity limitations at the local level. With the change in...

    14 Mar 2016 | Oriana Bandiera, Nava Ashraf

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    The implications of nominal exchange rate movement for fiscal outcomes in Zambia

    The aim of this project is to analyse the fiscal implications of the exchange rate movement in Zambia.  While the determinants of the exchange rates have been sufficiently analysed in Zambia as part of the previous IGC study, very little research has delved to study the fiscal implications of the exchange rate on Zambia which is a major policy challenge for the government...

    11 Jan 2016 | Herryman Moono, Alemayehu Geda

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    Social capital and large scale land investments: An experimental investigation in Central Zambia

    The project was motivated by the unprecedented rise in large-scale agricultural investments (LSAIs) in rural Zambia, and addresses the debate of whether they should be regarded as a development opportunity, or a threat for development. The study collected information on the social capital of smallholder farmers living close to the LSAIs. Results show that social...

    5 Oct 2015 | Menusch Khadjavi, Kacana Sipangule, Rainer Thiele

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    Understanding growth-income inequality interactions in Zambia, 1996-2010

    Zambia has experienced sustained economic growth in its recent history, but has had mixed experience with reducing poverty and inequality. This project sought to understand the precise relationship between growth, inequality, and poverty in the country, Growth has been the main contributor to a decline in headcount poverty rates in Zambia, but inequality has...

    5 Oct 2015 | Haroon Bhorat, Morné Oosthuizen